Welsh Back on IR With Indy

While some were suprised to see Indianapolis Colts defensive end Jonathan Welsh waived amongst Saturday's roster cuts, ColtPower has learned that it was a move to set the stage for his return to the injured reserve list.

Not a single player that the Colts waived on Saturday was picked up and signed to the regular roster of another NFL team through the waiver claim system. That's good news for the Colts, who were then in position to offer practice squad positions to whichever players qualified. On Sunday, ColtPower provided our Insiders with a complete list of those eligible for the team's practice squad. The team has not yet released the names of the players they signed.

But one of the players released was waived/injured due to ongoing problems with a knee that forced him onto the Colts injured/reserve list last November.

ColtPower has learned that Jonathan Welsh will spend his second consecutive season on injured reserve. Last year, after being selected by the Colts in the fifth-round of the 2005 NFL Draft, Welsh hurt his knee during the team's first preseason action in Tokyo against the Falcons and missed the balance of the 2005 preseason. He then returned to action in games three through eight during the regular season as a defensive line reserve and on special teams. But after logging just six special teams tackles, Welsh was lost for the season when he tore his ACL in November.

After offseason surgery, Welsh and the Colts were hopeful that he'd be ready to practice by training camp. But he opened camp on the team's Physically Unable to Perform List. Just under two weeks into camp, he went out on the practice field for the first time to test his left knee. But it continued to give him problems, and sidelined him for the team's next two preseason games.

During a successful career at the University of Wisconsin, Welsh was credited with 134 career tackles, 13 sacks, three forced fumbles, one fumble recovery and three passes defensed.

He joins defensive end Johnathan Goddard (foot) and running back James Mungro (knee) and the team's injured/reserve list. Offensive lineman Mike Johnson is also reserved due to a non-football injury he sustained while playing in NFL Europe.

In-story photo: AP/Darron Cummings


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