Report of Lilja's Release "Erroneous"

A published report yesterday stated that Indianapolis Colts starting left guard Ryan Lilja had been released. ColtPower has learned that this report is not accurate and that Lilja is still with the team.

A published report that Colts starting left guard Ryan Lilja has been released does not appear to be accurate. Colts message boards were buzzing last night and this morning regarding the report by KFFL.com that Lilja had been released. The site didn't report their source for the information.

But ColtPower spoke with the agency that represents Lilja -- Domann & Pittman -- and they were equally surprised by the report, saying that as of late Wednesday night neither they nor Lilja had been informed of any change in his status with the team. In fact, Lilja had just recently finished shooting a commercial with DirecTV and was mentioned repeatedly in an article featuring the offensive line published on Wednesday at Colts.com.

"The report is erroneous," Craig Domann, Lilja's agent told ColtPower. " I've spoken with the team, and consistent with all of our conversations, they are very happy with Ryan."

Lilja is heading into his third NFL season with 22 career regular season starts under his belt and one postseason start. Claimed off of waivers in September, 2004 from the Kansas City Chiefs, he's been part of an offensive line that over the past two seasons has led or tied for the league lead in fewest sacks allowed. The Colts have also produced more than 5,000 net yards of offense during both of those seasons. Lilja was awarded a game ball for his efforts following his first NFL start against Chicago on November 21st, 2004.

If you missed our previous interview with Ryan Lilja, click here for more on this terrific Colts player.


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