Indianapolis Colts waive QB Chris Harnish, sign Weslye Saunders
Chandler Harnish made headlines during April after he was picked last in the 7th round (253rd overall) by the Indianapolis Colts in the 2012 NFL Drafts.
Since, the former Northern Illinois quarterback had been placed on the active roster, although Chandler Harnish remained inactive for the Indianapolis Colts’ last five games this season.
Indianapolis Colts coaches had given positive feedback regarding Chandler Harnish’s progress all through summer, preseason and so far in the regular-season. Chandler Harnish even played a big role during practice, donning a red No.15 jersey to simulate quarterback Tim Tebow as the Indianapolis Colts prepared ahead of their faceoff with the New York Giants last week.
Rookie quarterback Andrew Luck has established a stronghold for himself on the Indianapolis Colts offense, and has been taking the first-team snaps all season. And the Indianapolis Colts already have veteran quarterback Drew Stanton lineup at the No.2 spot. Hypothetically speaking, Chandler Harnish’s future doesn’t hold many spotlight moments with the Indianapolis Colts for at least the next 15 years or so.
However, all isn’t so bad for Chandler Harnish, since the Indianapolis Colts could later still sign the quarterback to the practice squad if he isn’t claimed off waivers by another team.
"Thank you everyone for the support, just a bump in the road," tweeted Chandler Harnish.
It’s not unlike the Bluffton, Ind. Native to maintain an optimistic outlook despite his recent disappointments. In July, Chandler Harnish had equally positive attitude about joining the league even it was on a low key “Mr. Irrelevant” mock title.
"I've never thought of Mr. Irrelevant as being a negative connotation by any means," stated Chandler Harnish. "I know there's a lot of guys out there who would have loved to get drafted. To be one of the 253 is something I take with a lot of pride."
The Indianapolis Colts also waived outside linebacker Jerry Brown off the active roster on Tuesday. Jerry Brown made his NFL debut against the New York Jets in Week 5.
The 24year-old Jerry Brown was initially signed as an undrafted free agent by the Indianapolis Colts but was subsequently waives in August. Jerry Brown made the practice squad in September and was promoted to the Indianapolis Colts’ active roster at the start of October.
Tight end Dominique Jones suffered a similar fate as he was released from the practice squad on Tuesday.
Dominique Jones signed with the Indianapolis Colts as an undrafted free agent in April. He was waived on October 8, and then signed the very next day to the practice squad. Dominique Jones played four games with one start for the Indianapolis Colts, making one pass for eight yards this season.
The Tuesday night moves were made in light of piling injuries that have debilitated a few departments on the team.
Following the waivers, the Indianapolis Colts signed former Pittsburgh Steelers tight end Weslye Saunders to the active roster. Weslye Saunders had four receptions for 29 yards and one touchdown, while appearing in 16 games (with one start) last season. He was waived by the Pittsburgh Steelers last week.
Recent signings leave just one spot on the Indianapolis Colts’ active roster.