Troy Walters Released by Colts

ColtPower has confirmed that the Colts have terminated the contract of wide receiver Troy Walters.

In a shocking move over the weekend, the Colts waived veteran wide receiver Troy Walters, perhaps setting the stage for the addition of another wide receiver off of the waiver wire, or simply making room to activate defensive tackle Corey Simon from the reserved list.

The Colts only included five wide receivers on their 53-man roster, including Walters, Marvin Harrison, Reggie Wayne, Brandon Stokley, and Aaron Moorehead. They placed two wide receivers -- Montiese Culton and John Standeford -- on their practice squad. That leaves them dangerously thin on the 53-man roster at that position, especially with Brandon Stokley returning from a dislocated shoulder injury.

Walter's agent, Kenneth Landphere confirmed his release this morning for ColtPower. Landphere said the move came as a "complete surprise" as Walters had been having a "great preseason." He said he expects that Walters will land with another team very soon, but has not yet fielded any initial inquiries from other teams.

Walters also returned punts for the Colts, and with wide receiver Brad Pyatt on injured reserve, it appears the punt return duties will move to cornerback Jason David, unless the Colts add a player through waivers.

Walters is entering his sixth season, having spent three of them in Indianapolis. He caught 55 passes for 668 yards for the Colts, primarily over two seasons as he missed the first eleven games of the 2004 season due to an upper arm fracture.

The Colts have been very aggressive with roster moves over the last ten days, adding safety Dexter Reid from New England and linebacker Keith O'Neill from Dallas to increase the talent of their special teams. They've also signed defensive tackle Corey Simon and traded an undisclosed draft pick for Titans LB Rocky Calmus to help the defense. And it appears that more roster moves could be likely over the next couple of days.


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