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Indianapolis Colts Sign Guard Trai Essex; Release Person and Shipley
Posted By Brian Goldsmith On September 11, 2012 @ 10:13 am In Colts News | No Comments
Colts General Manager Ryan Grigson saw his franchise quarterback take far too many shots in Week 1. Andrew Luck was sacked three times . That number would have been higher if any other rookie quarterback was playing behind this offensive line against the Bears .
Luck did a good job of avoiding the seemingly constant pressure, but the Colts will not win many games if their quarterback doesn’t have adequate time in the pocket.
Monday, the Colts took a step to remedy the offensive line issues by signing former Steelers  offensive lineman Trai Essex . The Colts also released tackle Mike Person (who was just picked up off waivers  from the 49ers ) and center A.Q. Shipley.
Essex knows the offense from his time in Pittsburgh with offensive coordinator Bruce Arians. He can play all five positions across the line. With guard Joe Reitz probably out another week , I wouldn’t be surprised if he starts Sunday at the Colts home opener against the Vikings . Seth Olsen, who filled in for Reitz, induced a lot of head shaking to say the least.
After adding Essex and releasing Person and Shipley, the Colts have one open roster spot. They could very well add another offensive lineman this week. The line’s performance against the Bears was that bad. Add to that the unknown status of RT Winston Justice , and they could definitely use another lineman.
UPDATE: Jim Irsay announced via Twitter  that the Colts have signed OT Bradley Sowell from Tampa Bay ’s practice squad. Sowell will fill the open roster position. The Bucs originally signed him as an undrafted free agent earlier this year.
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 sacked three times: http://scores.espn.go.com/nfl/boxscore?gameId=320909003
 Bears: http://bleacherreport.com/chicago-bears
 signing former : http://www.foxnews.com/sports/2012/09/10/colts-sign-guard-essex-waive-two/
 Steelers: http://bleacherreport.com/pittsburgh-steelers
 Trai Essex: http://bleacherreport.com/trai-essex
 picked up off waivers: http://www.indystar.com/article/20120901/SPORTS03/120901017/Colts-add-3-players-off-waivers-sign-6-practice-squad
 49ers: http://bleacherreport.com/san-francisco-49ers
 out another week: http://twitter.com/mchappell51/status/245250028665446401
 Vikings: http://bleacherreport.com/minnesota-vikings
 unknown status of RT Winston Justice: http://twitter.com/mchappell51/status/245245356458250241
 announced via Twitter: http://twitter.com/JimIrsay/status/245549874307813376
 Tampa Bay: http://bleacherreport.com/tampa-bay-buccaneers
 @coldy4goldy: http://twitter.com/#%21/coldy4goldy
 Indianapolis Colts: http://bleacherreport.com/indianapolis-colts
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