Undrafted free agent Chris Laskowski out of Florida Atlantic, one of the truly great stories of this year's group of rookies, is returning to Indianapolis to join the Colts practice squad.
A walk-on player for Florida Atlantic's first-ever football team, he finished his collegiate football career with 295 tackles (an FAU record), 8 sacks, four forced fumbles and three interceptions. He ended up receiving an invitation to play in the Hula Bowl at the end of his senior year.
ColtPower learned this afternoon that the weakside linebacker would be rejoining the team. But we haven't yet been able to confirm who was moved off the practice squad to make room for Laskowski.
Following a solid preseason campaign with the Colts, especially as a special teams player, Laskowski was released in the final round of cuts. He had sustained a shoulder injury late in the preseason, but but didn't feel that it was impacting his performance.
Laskowski returned to his home in Melbourne, Florida and continued to train while he waited for a call from the Colts. They had told him that he could end up getting called back based on their personnel situation as team needs changed during the season. That call probably took a bit longer than Laskowski hoped, but it finally came this week. We got in touch with Chris to confirm the story and get his initial reaction.
"It's been a tough ten weeks, waiting for that call," Laskowski told ColtPower today while on his way to the airport. "I had hoped it would come earlier, but I'm just glad to get the opportunity to return to the Colts."
With the Colts having some trouble the last few weeks with kickoff coverage, Laskowski's return provides more depth and another option should the Colts need to upgrade their talent in that area or replace an injured player during their stretch run towards the playoffs.
ColtPower will continue to monitor the practice squad situation to see how the Colts fit Laskowski onto the squad. Heading into today, they had two other linebackers, Mike Labinjo and Johnathan Goddard on the practice squad, so it seems likely that one of them may have been moved off the squad rather than adding a third linebacker to the eight-man unit.
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