The Colts added 6'4, 320-pound offensive tackle Marcus Spears to their roster, trying to shore up their offensive line depth. Heading into his twelfth NFL season, Spears has been primarily a backup throughout his career, starting in just 21 of his 104 game appearances. But he provides reliable experience at both guard and tackle positions.
"I just try to bring experience at four positions," Spears said. "I just go where I'm called."
Spears is content to help in any way he can, and understands he's not likely to be competing for a full-time starter's roll.
"They don't need me to win, but hopefully, they can use me," said Spears, who has played for the Bears, Chiefs, and Texans. He was signed by the Browns during the offseason, but was released.
The Colts have shuffled a number of players out of their primary positions during the preseason, which has contributed to some lapses by the usually high-powered offensive attack. Guard Ryan Lilja has been playing for Jeff Saturday due to the Colts center's hamstring problem. Tackle Makoa Freitas has handled Lilja's spot since rookie Dylan Gandy has been hindered by a foot injury.
But the Colts also got good news on that front as Gandy returned to practice along with defensive end Raheem Brock (hip), cornerback Donald Strickland (hamstring), and wide receiver Troy Walters (hip). The Colts still have 17 players working to come back from a wide variety of injuries.
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