Colts waive center Khaled Holmes


Andrew Luck #12 talks with Khaled Holmes #62 of the Indianapolis Colts during warmups prior to the game against the Cleveland Browns at FirstEnergy Stadium on December 7, 2014 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – In a move that surprised no one in the aftermath of the NFL Draft, the Indianapolis Colts waived veteran center Khaled Holmes.

The move is the latest setback for the Colts’ 2013 draft class. In March, they waived first-round pick Bjoern Werner. Holmes was a fourth-round pick that year that never panned out.

Holmes appeared in 17 games, nine as the starting center, but never was able to maintain his grip on the position. He also battled a variety of injuries.

Holmes was deemed expendable after general manager Ryan Grigson focused half of his eight draft picks on upgrading the offensive line. That included using the 18th overall selection on Alabama center Ryan Kelly and using a seventh-round pick on Iowa center Austin Blythe.

The Colts also took Texas Tech offensive tackle Le’Raven Clark in the third round and North Dakota State offensive tackle Joseph Haeg in the fifth round.

Along with Holmes, the Colts waived tight end Cameron Clear, long-snapper Forrest Hill and offensive tackle Mitchell Van Dyke.

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