A Dozen Cuts Coming for Indy

Indianapolis has 88 players on their roster heading into their third preseason game. By late Tuesday, they'll have to drop a dozen players to get to the league mandated maximum.

Correcting a previous report we published earlier today, the Colts will have to release a dozen, not just five players by Tuesday evening.

Due to changes in the way cuts are being handled by the NFL this year, the six players with NFL Europa exemptions are only protected up until this first round of cuts. That exposes kicker Shane Andrus, guard Matt Ulrich, quarterback Mike McGann, defensive tackle Tom Johnson, cornerback Cedrick Holt and wide receiver Brian Hare to cuts for the first time since finishing their season in NFL Europa this past spring.

Additionally, the NFL Europa bonus exemption that the Colts were awarded for the quality of players they sent overseas this year will also expire. They put that designation on running back Joseph Addai, which allowed the team to carry one additional rookie during camp. But that exemption will also expire.

As a result, the only truly protected player from being cut is defensive end Ben Ishola, who was designated as an international development practice squad player. Since Ishola can't be promoted to the active roster this year and is strictly with the team as a development player, he won't count against the maximum number of 75 that teams must reach by Tuesday evening.

Check back on Sunday for our analysis of the players who are at the highest risk on offense and defense for the first dozen cuts.

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