INDIANAPOLIS – The Colts ended up only keeping two quarterbacks after all.
Jared Lorenzen and Quinn Gray, a pair of veteran quarterbacks signed just before 2008 Training Camp, each were released Saturday afternoon – two of the 22 roster moves announced as the team trimmed its roster to the season-opening 53 mandated by the NFL.
The twenty players released:
Wide receiver Devin Aromashodu, defensive tackle Joe Bradley, defensive end Jeff Charleston, safety Brannon Condren, defensive tackle Dan Davis, offensive tackle Tala Esera, defensive tackle Colin Ferrell, defensive back Brandon Foster, wide receiver Sam Giguere, Gray, defensive end Ben Ishola, wide receiver Onrea Jones, running back Kenton Keith, Lorenzen, offensive tackle Darren Marquez, linebacker Kyle Shotwell, running back
Chad Simpson, tight end Tyrice Thompson, offensive tackle Michael Toudouze and linebacker Victor Worsley.
The Colts as of Friday had 75 players on the roster.
They also placed two veterans – starting offensive guard Ryan Lilja and starting linebacker Tyjuan Hagler – on the Physically Unable to Perform List. The team will have the option of activating those players six weeks into the regular season.
Lorenzen, a backup with the New York Giants the past four seasons, and Gray – a reserve with the Jacksonville Jaguars the past five seasons – were the focus of much attention throughout the preseason.
Under Colts Head Coach Tony Dungy, the Colts typically have kept two quarterbacks on the active roster, and the past four seasons, those two quarterbacks have been eight-time Pro Bowl selection Peyton Manning and backup Jim Sorgi.
But with Manning missing the preseason after offseason knee surgery and Sorgi missing the final two preseason games with a knee injury, Dungy said in recent weeks the team could keep two, three or four quarterbacks on the final roster.