Four injured players put on IR, PUP

Vick Ballard, Ulrick John, Deji Karim placed on IR, Stanley Havili moved to PUP as Colts get down to 75-player limit.

The Indianapolis Colts didn’t need to cut four more players Tuesday, opting instead to move three to injured reserve and another to the physically unable to perform list to reach the mandated 75-player limit.

Running back Vick Ballard, who tore an Achilles tendon during training camp, was among those placed on IR. That was to be expected. Offensive tackle Ulrick John and running back Deji Karim were also placed on injured reserve.

Fullback Stanley Havili was placed on the reserve/physically unable to perform list (PUP). That means he won’t be eligible to return until six weeks into the regular season. His injury was undisclosed.

Havili played in 13 games, including eight starts, last season. He’s known more for his blocking and pass catching than his running — he had 18 catches for 128 yards and 1 TD. He also had nine special-teams tackles. The Colts acquired him from Philadelphia on March 28, 2013.

John, a seventh-round pick out of Georgia State, broke his right ankle during camp. Like Ballard, the injury happened early in preseason, but the team waited to put both players on IR so they wouldn’t have to pass through waivers.

Ballard was coming off a season-ending ACL injury in 2013. He’s played in 17 games, including 13 starts, in two seasons since being selected in the fifth round out of Mississippi State.

Karim, thought to be in the mix as a kickoff returner, was just signed Aug. 18. His injury wasn’t disclosed.

The Colts have until 4 p.m. Saturday to reduce the roster to 53 players. Ten players can be signed to the practice squad after all rosters are finalized.

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