Mark Word, who was just released by the Buffalo Bills, is a 30-year old veteran defensive end who had eight sacks for the Browns in 2002 in a reserve role and another four in 2003. He started his career in Kansas City back in 1999, but moved to Cleveland in 2001. Word was out of football in 2004 and didn't survive the cuts with the Raiders last year. In 37 game appearances he has 29 tackles and 12 sacks. He's also done some stints in NFL Europe and the Canadian Football League.
Phillip Alexander is an undrafted rookie out of Duke University who was trying to make the Texans roster this year. He becomes the third former Texan to join the Colts in the past few weeks. The Colts previously added defensive back Jammal Lord and running back Tony Hollings from their AFC South rival.The 6-foot-4, 265-pound defensive end has more of the physical frame of a typical defensive end for the Colts. During his Pro Day, Alexander ran the 40-yard dash with times of 4.82 seconds and 4.83 seconds. Although he missed nine games during his junior year after breaking his leg, he drew lots of attention to himself the year before when he posted 18.5 tackles for a loss. He came out of college primarily pegged as a pass-rush specialist.
Jason Davis hasn't made his NFL regular season debut yet, despite being in the league since 2003. But don't be surprised to see the 6-foot-3, 320-pound Davis placed at defensive tackle in the Colts lineup even though he's been listed as a defensive end with the Texans over the past three seasons. Davis was in the Cowboys camp for the first two weeks of August until being released about a week ago. He's also seen action in NFL Europe and was on the Texans 53-man roster for a few weeks during the 2003 season.
There's been no word out of Indy yet as to who has been released to make room for these new additions to the roster.