Pendleton spent the previous two seasons with the Colts, but missed 2014 on injured reserve due to a knee injury suffered in the preseason opener. He was allowed to become a free agent after last season, but stayed in Indianapolis and kept working out, tweeting a video of a workout at St. Vincent Sports Performance on June 5.
Because the Colts appear to be set at the position in their 3-4 defensive scheme, Pendleton will be trying to earn a roster spot as a reserve when players report to training camp on Aug. 1 at Anderson University.
The Colts have Josh Chapman, Zach Kerr and rookie David Parry at nose tackle as well as Arthur Jones, Montori Hughes and Kelcy Quarles at defensive tackle. Kerr has been used at defensive tackle and Hughes at nose tackle.
The 6-2, 323-pound Pendleton split time between the practice squad and active roster in 2013. He played in the season finale and two playoff games that season. He was credited with two tackles in the regular season and one in the playoffs by league stats.
The 31-year-old Chicago native was 28 when selected in the seventh round by the Jacksonville Jaguars in 2012. That made him one of the oldest players to ever be drafted. He was also the first to be selected from Ashland University since Bill Overmyer in 1972.
Pendleton played in four games and made one solo tackle for the Jaguars in 2012. He participated in 2013 training camp with the Dallas Cowboys before being released and signed to the Colts’ practice squad on Dec. 3, 2013. He was then elevated to the Colts’ active roster on Dec. 26, 2013.
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