Linebacker Rocky Calmus, who tore his hamstring just shortly after
joining the Colts last year, is fully healed and ready to play. An estimated
two-thirds of NFL teams have the former Butkus Award winner out of Oklahoma on
their short list should an injury occur to their linebacker corps. According to
one of our sources close to the NFL, Green Bay, Baltimore and Houston are
amongst the teams who appear to be the most serious, but Calmus would also be a
good fit for the Bengals who just lost Odell Thurman for the first four games of
the season due to an NFL Substance Abuse Policy violation.
Cornerback Donald Strickland, who was waived by the Colts late last October after a hamstring injury landed him on the Injured Reserve list, is competing for the dime position in Philadelphia this year. But the injury bug continues to plague Strickland as he left their July 31st practice with groin and knee injuries.
While some may have questioned Colts president Bill Polian's decision to let starting offensive guard Rick DeMulling leave Indianapolis via free agency last year, at the moment Polian's decision looks sound. The Lions signed DeMulling to a reported 2-year, $4.45 million deal last year. Before the season ended, he lost his starting position at guard, and now he's lining up as a backup center in this year's training camp.Running back Edgerrin James knows the challenge he faces in Arizona and is facing it with his usual good humor. He told ESPN.com's John Clayton, "I'm on the worst rushing team, so give me my props if we do well," he said with a laugh. "Put in the article that I'm a bad mother if we turn it around."
James revealed to Clayton that he sold his home in Indianapolis last year and lived in a hotel anticipating that he wouldn't be back for the 2006 season. And there was one thing he didn't understand about the Colts' logic in letting him go.
"They say, 'You had an ACL.' Well, the dude you brought in [Joseph Addai] had an ACL [injury]. They have two backs there with an ACL. And it's not like I'm old. I'm just about to turn 28," he said.
Defensive tackle Lynn McGruder, who was a Colt for four days last season, was waived last Friday by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. McGruder was actually signed to the Colts 53-man roster on September 1st as they made their final cuts. But four days later, they waived him. He spent time on the Bengals and Redskins practice squads last season, and was signed by the Buccaneers earlier this year.
Kicker Martin Gramatica knows that trying to take
over Adam Vinatieri's old job in New England isn't going to be easy.
did a great job here, so people expect (more)," he said.
"The standard is high in kicking. But everywhere you go, if you don't make
a certain percentage you probably won't be there."
Grammatica sat out the 2005 season and hasn't attempted a field goal since
midway through the 2004 season.
Grammatica sat out the 2005 season and hasn't attempted a field goal since midway through the 2004 season.