In the wake of injuries to wide receivers and starting defensive backs, the Indianapolis Colts have made additions to both spots on the roster. The Colts have been marred by injury, and some of these changes are both concerning and confusing.
The Colts have also released offensive lineman Trai Essex. Essex, who had only been with the team for two weeks, had been forced into the starting lineup due to injury. Essex had not been a superstar in the last two games, but had not been a sub-par performer either. Of the many injuries and holes opening up on this young team early in the season, the offensive line seems to need the most help. The loss of Essex could prove detrimental in the long run.
To fill up the roster spots left open by releasing Essex and the season-ending injury to wide out Austin Collie, the Colts have added to more players. The Colts brought in rookie wide out Nathan Palmer from the practice squad of the San Fransisco 49ers, and also signed veteran cornerback Darius Butler. Butler, in his fourth NFL season, has appeared in 42 games with the New England Patriots and Carolina Panthers. Although Palmer may be just an insurance policy for a strong stable of Colts wide receivers, Butler may see the field soon, as the Colts wait to hear back on injury concerns to starting cornerback Vontae Davis.