Former Colt Faces Uphill Battle

After eight seasons in the NFL, an injury is threatening the future career of a former Colts offensive lineman. Find out why Larry Moore faces an uphill battle with his hope to land with another team in 2007.

Former Colts offensive lineman Larry Moore was a steady, reliable and versatile player during the early years of the Peyton Manning era in Indianapolis. Moore wasn't particularly dominating or flashy, but he was a blue-collar player who got the job done wherever the team needed to plug him in from season-to-season or week-to-week, seeing action at both the center and guard positions. But news I received from a source close to the NFL this week regretfully doesn't bode well for Moore's future in the league.

Moore joined the Indianapolis Colts as a free agent back in 1998 after spending time on the Seahawks and Redskins practice squads straight out of Brigham Young University in 1997. The Colts snatched him up in January of 1998 and he didn't disappoint them, starting 48 games for Indianapolis during his first four NFL seasons.

But the former Colt could unfortunately have a struggle ahead in finding employment for the 2006 season. He was released by the Bengals this week after he failed a physical, according to one of my sources close to the NFL. Moore is attempting to come back from reconstructive knee surgery, and when you combine that with the fact that his minimum salary for this season is $710,000 as an 8-year vested veteran, his hopes of finding another team in the short-term -- if at all -- doesn't look very promising. With teams getting ready to gear up their training camps over the next couple of weeks, most have those training camp rosters set, barring an injury to a player they expected to make the final roster.

After leaving the Colts as a free agent, Moore was a 16-game starter for the Redskins in 2002, but that was reduced to 8 games in 2003 as he struggled with a foot injury. Over the past two seasons with the Bengals, Moore saw action in 17 games, but started in just one. He injured his knee twice in 2004, and was placed on injured reserve in October, 2005 after sustaining the injury that led to his knee surgery.

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