Colts make first roster trim

Eleven players cut Monday to reach NFL-mandated 79-man roster, four more needed to reach Tuesday's 75-man limit.

It’s a harsh reality every August, when NFL teams start cutting players to get down to NFL-mandated roster limits.

The Indianapolis Colts announced Monday 11 players had been waived: cornerback Johnny Adams, cornerback Qua Cox, offensive guard Andre Cureton, offensive guard Marcus Hall, cornerback Kameron Jackson, wide receiver Nu’Keese Richardson, linebacker Jonathon Sharpe, safety David Sims, wide receiver Eric Thomas, wide receiver Tony Washington and fullback Cameron White.

The team has until 4 p.m. Tuesday to cut four more players to reach the 75-player limit. The final trim, to reduce the roster to 53 players, must be made by 4 p.m., Aug. 30.

Players on the bubble have one final shot to make an impression Thursday, when the Colts visit Cincinnati in the preseason finale.

While none of the players released Monday come as a surprise, several final-roster decisions could raise eyebrows. The Colts are deeper than they have been at several positions, most notably wide receiver, where media and fans are debating whether the team will keep as many as six of those pass catchers.

The Colts also have seven running backs on the roster at the moment. Trent Richardson and Ahmad Bradshaw are expected to share much of the workload, but it’s uncertain who will be the third back and if the team will keep a fourth. Dan Herron has played well in preseason. Deji Karim, who is also a decent kick returner, was recently signed although he didn’t play in Saturday’s 23-17 home loss to New Orleans.

Running back Vick Ballard, who suffered a torn Achilles tendon during training camp, is expected to be placed on injured reserve.

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