Player News - Colts

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The Colts are moving OLB John Simon to defensive end.

This was expected with Indy running a 4-3 scheme. Simon is coming off one of his better seasons, posting three sacks in nine games before getting shut down with a shoulder injury. Jabaal Sheard and Tarell Basham are also moving to end.
Apr 20 - 7:04 PM

Colts GM Chris Ballard confirmed Andrew Luck (shoulder) is still not throwing a football.

However, Ballard said a lot of the exercises Luck has been doing are "conducive to the same thing." Ballard added that Indy's decision to trade down from the No. 3 pick shows the team is confident in Luck's long-term health. The former No. 1 pick missed all of last year while recovering from shoulder surgery.
Apr 20 - 1:56 PM

Colts GM Chris Ballard said the team 'will be open' to moving back from the No. 6 pick in next week's draft.

"We will be open to moving back if we think it is the right thing for us to do and there's enough players on the board," Ballard said. Numerous general managers have stated they would be open to moving back this week, so this isn't foretelling of any potential deal. The Colts own picks No. 6, No. 37, and No. 49 due to their blockbuster deal with the New York Jets in March.
Apr 20 - 9:29 AM

T.Y. Hilton reported to the Colts' offseason program in "the best shape of his life."

Hilton reported to Indy's workout program thinner after he completely cut out fast food from his diet during the offseason. He worked closely with Indy's new director of sports performance, Rusty Jones, to alter his nutrition plan. Hilton wasn't drafted or extended by GM Chris Ballard, but it's telling how much the front office believes he'll bounce back in that he survived the regime's overhaul after the season. The speed demon desperately needs Andrew Luck to return healthy for 2018.
Apr 17 - 9:07 PM

Colts FS Malik Hooker said there's no timetable for his recovery from a torn ACL.

Hooker has begun lifting weights but hasn't advanced to any on-field work yet. The 2017 first-rounder registered 22 tackles and three interceptions in seven games last year before a torn ACL ended his season. His status for training camp is up in the air.
Apr 17 - 3:28 PM

Eric Ebron says the reason he signed with the Colts is "because of Andrew Luck, to keep it honest."

"It doesn’t really matter where I played or where I went, I just wanted a quarterback and someone that I knew could get me the ball and pretty much work with me the way that I knew that I needed to be worked with," Ebron continued. "And I think Andrew Luck was the perfect fit." Ebron has failed to live up to the expectations of being the Lions' tenth-overall pick in 2014, but he's only 25 and is now in a Frank Reich-led offense that will likely utilize both him and Jack Doyle to create mismatches all over.
Apr 12 - 4:38 PM

Colts signed CB Kenneth Acker, formerly of the Chiefs.

Acker played 209 nondescript snaps for Kansas City last season and visited the Seahawks along with the Colts this spring. In Indy, the 6'/195 former sixth-rounder will provide depth should he make the final 53-man roster.
Apr 11 - 9:33 AM

Andrew Luck (shoulder) says he's yet to throw an "NFL-sized" football in his rehab, but that he's confident of his progress.

"I have not picked up The Duke and started throwing it yet," Luck said. "I don't want to skip steps. I'm trusting the process I'm in now very, very much." Luck also said he believed he pushed things too quickly in 2017, and that he wants to avoid those mistakes this season. Again and again, Luck projected confidence he would be ready for training camp. It's reached "believe it when you see it" territory with the Colts' franchise player, but he finally seems to be on the right track.
Apr 9 - 2:06 PM

Colts signed LB Najee Goode, formerly of the Eagles.

A career special teamer, Goode made three spot starts for the Eagles last season. He could see more sub-package snaps in Indy.
Apr 4 - 6:39 PM

Colts re-signed G/T Jeremy Vujnovich.

Vujnovich was an exclusive rights free agent, so it was either Colts or leave the NFL. He played every snap last season as the Colts' starting left guard but graded out as Pro Football Focus' No. 80 guard out of 80 qualifiers. In a perfect world for the Colts, Vujnovich would be a backup guard and tackle.
Apr 4 - 10:13 AM

Free agent CB Kenneth Acker visited the Colts on Wednesday.

The ex-49er and Chief previously visited the Seahawks. Now 26, Acker played 208 snaps for the Chiefs last season. He would be a depth signing in Indy.
Apr 3 - 5:38 PM

Colts re-signed LS Luke Rhodes to a one-year contract.

Rhodes was an exclusive rights free agent, so if he wanted to snap snaps longer than normal snaps in the NFL, his only option was to continue snapping such snaps for the Colts. Rhodes won the honor of snapping longer than normal snaps during training camp last year.
Apr 2 - 12:24 PM

Colts coach Frank Reich called Eric Ebron an "elite tight end."

As the league moves more toward man coverage, Reich said having an "elite" guy like Ebron helps the offense create one-on-ones. "Get all the receivers on one side, get the back on the other side, and then just put the tight end back here and see what (the defense) does," the coach said. "And then you get a linebacker, you get a safety, and if you get a tight end like Ebron, and even when they have a corner on him, you feel like it’s still a winning matchup, because of his size and catch radius." Reich is coming from an offense which utilized Zach Ertz all over the formation, and it sounds like he has similar plans for Ebron.
Mar 29 - 9:50 AM

The Seahawks hosted free agent CB Kenneth Acker.

A 13-game rookie-year starter for the 49ers, Acker has been limited to sub-package roles with Kansas City the last two seasons. The Seahawks could use Acker as secondary depth with Richard Sherman gone and Byron Maxwell a free agent.
Mar 28 - 4:36 PM

Colts coach Frank Reich said Andrew Luck (shoulder) has resumed throwing.

On Monday, owner Jim Irsay said Luck had "turned the corner" in his rehab, and resuming a throwing program would certainly qualify. Reich made it sound like Luck is still in the early stages, but any step forward is promising. It is impossible to feel comfortable with Luck's health until we actually see him on the field, but things appear to be trending in the correct direction.
Mar 27 - 7:30 AM

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