INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – The Indianapolis Colts took a novel approach to their injury-ravaged secondary. They released a healthy safety.
Winston Guy, who appeared in more than half of the defensive snaps in the team’s first two games, was released Tuesday. That leaves the Colts with one spot on the 53-player roster.
More important, the release of Guy seems to indicate there’s a good chance safeties Clayton Geathers and T.J. Green will be ready for Sunday’s game against San Diego at Lucas Oil Stadium.
Geathers missed the opener against Detroit while still recovering from a broken bone in his right foot, but started Sunday at Denver. He lasted 34 snaps before leaving the game with soreness in his foot. Monday, coach Chuck Pagano said Geathers “looks to be okay.’’
Green, the team’s second-round draft pick, started the opener against the Lions but sprained a ligament in his right knee. It was thought he might miss a few games, but Green was back on the practice field early last week working with the rehab staff. He’s expected to see limited work in Wednesday’s practice.
Guy spent time on the Colts’ practice squad in 2014 and appeared in 12 games in ’15. He was a major contributor on special teams.
This season, Guy was on the field for 58 percent of the defensive snaps (38 of 65) against the Lions and 52 percent (37 of 71) against Denver.
With Guy off the roster, the safeties on the roster are Mike Adams, Geathers, Green and Matthias Farley.