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