Joshua McNary will walk back on the Indianapolis Colts’ practice field Monday morning after an offseason of uncertainty about if he would ever play again.
The third-year linebacker was found not guilty of three charges in a rape trial Thursday in Indianapolis, an ordeal he deemed “tragic.” Last season was cut short when McNary was charged after a Dec. 1 meeting with a woman who spent the night in his apartment. He was placed on the Commissioner’s Exempt list.
Cleared of wrongdoing, McNary worked out for the Colts and then was added to the team’s 10-player practice squad on Sunday.
The 27-year-old U.S. Army graduate from Houston had appeared in 15 games, including four starts, last season with 28 tackles and a half sack. The Colts had signed him as an undrafted free agent in 2013.
While the practice squad isn’t as lucrative as the active roster, McNary is undoubtedly grateful to be back in an NFL uniform as the Colts begin preparations for Sunday’s season opener at the Buffalo Bills.
The practice squad also includes rookie wide receiver Duron Carter, son of NFL Hall-of-Famer Cris Carter. Many thought the Colts would keep Carter on the active roster as the No. 5 wide receiver. He cleared waivers after being cut Saturday — some thought he would be claimed by another team — and accepted a practice-squad deal with the Colts.
The rest of the practice squad consists of others players the Colts have recently cut: outside linebacker Daniel Adongo, offensive guard David Arkin, wide receiver Quan Bray, offensive tackle Ulrick John, safety Dewey McDonald, cornerback Eric Patterson, defensive tackle Jeris Pendleton and tight end Erik Swoope.
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