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.
A Dozen Cuts Coming for Indy
Colts Blitz Top Stories
10 worst NFL plays of all timeBoneheaded mistakes that these 10 NFL players will never live down.
Scout NFL Network08/22/2016
Week 4: Waiver Wire & Free Agent PickupsCorey Parson aka The Fantasy Executive reveals some players that you should scoop up off the waiver wire in your Fantasy Football league!
Scout FantasyYesterday at 4:30 PM
3 Film Takeaways: Broncos vs. BengalsIn Week 3, the Broncos defeated the Bengals in an impressive performance on the road. Chad Jensen turns to the film room to share three takeaways from the victory.
Mile High HuddleYesterday at 2:35 PM
Week 4: 6 Quarterbacks Worth WatchingFormer No. 1 Fantasy Football Player in the World Mark Deming pinpoints the fluctuations at the QB position: hot and cold streaks, favorable and unfavorable matchups, top…
Scout FantasyYesterday at 2:20 PM
Star DevelopmentYear after year, several SEC programs "out-recruit" Mississippi State landing big-time 4-star and 5-star recruits, yet the Bulldogs still manage to compete with the heavy hitters…
Gene's PageYesterday at 12:08 PM