Cro Thorpe, Indianapolis' leading receiver in the preseason, has been added back to the practice squad along with former Florida Gator and wide receiver Jemalle Cornelius. Another pair of wide receivers, Trent Shelton and Aaron Brown, were released to make room for them on the eight-man squad.
Thorpe is a receiver out of Florida State who was originally drafted in the fourth round by the Kansas City Chiefs in the 2005 NFL Draft. He has since been in and out of camps and practice squads with various NFL teams -- most recently with the Texans, Lions, and Colts. Released by Indianapolis on September 2 following training camp, Thorpe was later added to the practice squad, but then released on September 12.
Cornelius gained 1,411 total yards during his career in Gainesville, both receiving and on kick returns. He has a slight build (5-foot-11, 184 pounds) and does not possess the kind of speed that is usually associated with smaller receivers (4.57 in the 40-yard dash at his Pro Day), which likely contributed to him going undrafted in April.
The Buffalo Bills signed Cornelius as a free agent back in May. He failed to record a reception in two of four preseason games (and totaled only 2 receptions for 13 yards in the entire preseason). He was released by the Bills on September 2, but head coach Dick Jauron must have seen something he liked in Cornelius, because he survived cut-down day -- only to be released the following afternoon. Cornelius can contribute on special teams both as a return specialist and in coverage. Watch for more on Cornelius this weekend in our Scouting Report feature.
Aaron Brown, who was released from the practice squad, was a late addition to the Colts' camp and was a surprise initial addition to the practice squad since he was involved in the first round of cuts. Trent Shelton had an excellent preseason playing against backups, but was not as prolific as Thorpe. Up until Tuesday, both Brown and Shelton had been able to escape the musical chairs phenomenon that has been sweeping through Indianapolis' practice squad thus far this season.
Quarterback Josh Betts (Miami-Ohio), tight end Gijon Robinson (Missouri Western), converted offensive guard Travis Leitko (Notre Dame) and running back DeCori Birmingham (Arkansas) are the only players who have held their original spot on the eight-man squad so far this season.
Rounding out the rest of the squad is recent newcomer and offensive guard Ryan Keenan (Northwestern) and linebacker Victor Worsley (North Carolina).