In what is the first of many cuts today due for the Colts to trim the roster to 53 players, the team announced that it has released ILB Kelvin Sheppard. Originally acquired from the Buffalo Bills in April of 2013 for Jerry Hughes, Sheppard appeared in 15 games for the Colts in 2013, starting 7 games and recording 46 tackles. A former 3rd round pick in 2011 of the Bills, Sheppard was a decent contributor for the Colts last season.
Still, back-up ILB Josh McNary had impressed this preseason, as had undrafted rookie free agent Henoc Muamba. With Sheppard due a $1.4M million base salary, the decision became suddenly clearer.
It’s a bit surprising though because Sheppard had played extensively for the 2nd unit during this year’s preseason, and it was never thought that his job was ever seriously in question at ILB. It bodes well for rookie 6th round pick, ILB Andrew Jackson, who I had left off the roster due to injury.