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Colts put key wide receiver on IR, sign OT at drill command

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The Indianapolis Colts have finally seen their wide receiver core come together to produce a little more consistently over the past few weeks. But the group must now overcome an injury to a key player.

Indianapolis announced Oct. 11 that the team put wide receiver Ashton Dulin on injured reserve. Zak Keefer from The Athletic reported Dulin suffered a foot injury playing Thursday Night Football against the Denver Broncos.

By placing Dulin on injured reserve, Dulin will miss at least four games.

The Colts replaced Dulin on the active roster and signed Chris Williams from their defensive tackle practice team.

Indianapolis also announced on October 11 that they added offensive tackle Ty Nsekhe to the practice roster. Nsekhe was one of three players the Colts invited to a practice session on October 10.

Dulin might be listed as the team’s fourth wide receiver, but he’s a more significant loss than the depth chart suggests.

In five games, Dulin has 12 receptions and 168 yards on 18 goals. He’s third on the team for yards and fourth for catches and targets.

Dulin played well when virtually every other Colts player didn’t play in Week 2 against the Jacksonville Jaguars. He made a career-high five catches for 79 yards and recorded another three yards on the ground.

Since then, rookie Alec Pierce has popped up on the Indianapolis offense, moving Dulin to a smaller role. Dulin has four combined catches and 43 yards in their last three games.

But he remains in the Colts’ top four in almost every reception category.

Without Dulin, Indianapolis will once again demand more from Parris Campbell. The former second-round pick had high expectations for the season, but Campbell has been disappointing, registering just 11 catches for 112 yards this season.

In addition to Nsekhe, on October 10 the Colts invited offensive tackle Will Richardson and defensive tackle Tyeler Davison for practice. Indianapolis eventually decided to add Nsekhe to the training squad.

Nsekhe has completed 17 launches over the past 10 years. After not being drafted in the 2012 NFL Draft, he actually spent some time at Colts training camp. But he didn’t make the team as a freshman and eventually earned a spot with the St. Louis Rams.

After playing in two games as a rookie, Nsekhe became a regular on the active squad for the Washington Redskins in 2015. In four seasons in Washington, he played 54 games, starting 16 of them.

Nsekhe has only started one game in the last three years. He played for the Buffalo Bills in 2019 and 2020, starting once in 2019. Nsekhe appeared in 12 games for the Dallas Cowboys last year.

Most games Nsekhe has ever started in a season was five in 2017 and 2018.

The Colts won’t ask Nsekhe to start since he’s on the practice team, but he’s sort of an insurance policy for a team looking for answers on offensive tackles. Matt Pryor struggled with left tackles in the first four games of the season and then rookie Bernhard Raimann had a tough debut in Week 5.

Nsekhe has experience in both tackle positions.

Williams has been promoted from practice squad to active squad in each of the past two weeks. He played seven defensive snaps against the Broncos.

Most games Nsekhe has ever started in a season was five in 2017 and 2018.

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