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Pagano: Colts still working on roster moves

Kerwynn Williams rushed for 92 yards against the Bengals in the preseason finale on Thursday and is among the Indianapolis Colts players waiting to see if he's on the roster. (Photo by the Associated Press)
Kerwynn Williams rushed for 92 yards against the Bengals in the preseason finale on Thursday and is among the Indianapolis Colts players waiting to see if he's on the roster. (Photo by the Associated Press)

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Indianapolis won't likely reach its 53-man roster until Saturday deadline

Friday, August 30, 2013 05:30 pm
As if one day wasn't long enough, the wait will likely drag into Saturday for Indianapolis Colts players on the bubble.Colts coach Chuck Pagano said Friday that the coaching staff and general manager Ryan Grigson continue to discuss how to shape the 53-man roster. The Colts, like all NFL teams, must trim their roster from 75 players to 53 by 6 p.m. Saturday.

“We're still evaluating things at this point so I don't think anything's going to happen today,” Pagano said in a conference call with reporters. “It'll probably happen tomorrow at some point. I don't rule out anything but I think we're shooting for tomorrow at some point.”

That means players such as quarterback Chandler Harnish, running back Kerwynn Williams (92 yards in the Colts' 27-10 loss to the Cincinnati Bengals in the final preseason game on Thursday) and defensive back Larry Asante must be patient as they await their fate.

The cuts might be tougher for the Colts this season because of the seeming close competition at a number of positions.

“It's a funny game,” Harnish said of anticipating the roster moves. “You just wait, continue like it's a normal day. Get a workout in. You don't want to drive yourself crazy.”

Williams, a rookie, said everyone looks back and wonders if they could have done something to make a stronger case for inclusion on the roster.

"I tried to give my best effort out there and show the coaches something," Williams said. "I just tried to be a factor out there on offense. ...Hopefully, you did what you had to do to make the team."

The Colts made one move Friday, reaching a injury settlement and releasing defensive back Teddy Willliams.

There were rumors that the Colts were investigating some trades. A number of Twitter posts suggested linebacker Kavell Conner was among those on the block. Pagano said it's normal for teams to investigate some moves as the roster deadline approaches.

“I'd be lying to you if I didn't say the phone lines in probably all 32 organizations ain't burning up right now at this time of the year,” Pagano said. “It's just the nature of the business and the time of year that we're in. After last night, I wouldn't be shocked to see my name on the trading block.”

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