The Indianapolis Colts put running backs Vick Ballard and Deji Karim and offensive lineman Ulrick John on injured reserve Tuesday, reaching the NFL’s 75-player roster limit.
Indy also placed starting fullback Stanley Havili on the physically unable to perform list.
The moves come one day after Indy released 11 players. After Thursday’s preseason finale at Cincinnati, all NFL teams must trim rosters to 53 by Saturday.
Ballard has a torn left Achilles’ tendon and was expected to miss the entire season. John injured his lower right leg in the preseason opener and also was expected to miss a significant amount of time. Karim rejoined the Colts on Aug. 18 but the team has not disclosed his injury.
Havili has not practiced since starting camp on the PUP list.
A pair of the splash plays wasn’t enough for linebacker Vic So’oto to keep his job. The Steelers made So’oto one of 15 cuts.
So’oto forced a fumble that teammate Howard Jones returned for a touchdown in the exhibition opener against the New York Giants. So’oto did it again a week later, stripping Buffalo quarterback Ryan Nassib in the final seconds. Jones jumped on the ball to set up the winning field goal.
The Steelers also cut offensive linemen Chris Elkins and Emmanuel McCray, defensive linemen Hebron Fangupo and Brian Arnfelt, cornerbacks Devin Smith and Lewis Toler, wide receivers C.J. Goodwin and Kashif Moore, running backs Jordan Hall, Miguel Maysonet and Tauren Poole, tight end Eric Waters, safety Jordan Dangerfield and long snapper Luke Ingram.
Brady Quinn’s contract was terminated, leaving Matt Moore as the No. 2 QB. The Dolphins also put running back Mike Gillislee on injured reserve, along with tight end Arthur Lynch and defensive tackle A.J. Francis.
Wide receiver Armon Binns was perhaps the most notable player waived, a list that included tight end Brett Brackett, cornerback Steven Clarke, defensive end Rakim Cox, defensive tackle Cory Grissom, center Tyler Larsen and wide receiver Ryan Spadola. Read more.
New Orleans Saints
Saints outside linebacker Victor Butler, who was seen as a key free-agent acquisition in 2013, was among eight cuts.
New Orleans brought in Butler from Dallas, where he had played his first four NFL seasons, including two seasons under current Saints defensive coordinator Rob Ryan. However, Butler missed all of last season with a torn knee ligament and the 27-year-old has been sidelined much of this preseason by an ankle injury.
Also included in Tuesday’s cuts were rookie quarterback Logan Kilgore, defensive back Rod Sweeting, linebacker Kevin Reddick, outside linebacker Rufus Johnson, offensive lineman Manase Foketi, defensive end George Uko and tight end Travis Beckum.
QB Jordan Palmer was signed as a backup, and QB Thad Lewis was released. Lewis went 2-3 last year while filling in for injured rookie starter EJ Manuel. In a separate move, the Bills placed starting linebacker Kiko Alonso on the reserve/non-football injury list. The second-year player is expected to miss the season after tearing a ligament in his left knee working out in Oregon on July 1. Read more.
Cornerback DJ Hayden will miss at least the first six weeks of the season after being placed on the physically unable to perform list Tuesday with a stress fracture in his right foot.
The Raiders released fourth-string quarterback Trent Edwards, waived receiver Juron Criner, placed tight end Nick Kasa on injured reserve, waived guard Lucas Nix with a failed physical for a knee injury and waived safety Larry Asante, receiver Greg Jenkins and running back Kory Sheets with injuries. Read more.
The Bengals waived second-year linebacker J.K. Schaffer. Schaffer grew up in Cincinnati and attended the University of Cincinnati. He suffered a concussion during the second preseason game. If he clears waivers, he’ll revert to the Bengals’ injured reserve list.
Rookie cornerback Lavelle Westbrooks also was waived with a thumb injury and will revert to the team’s injury list if he clears waivers.
In addition, the Bengals waived second-year tight end Kevin Brock, first-year receiver Jasper Collins, rookie linebacker James Davidson and first-year quarterback Matt Scott.
New York Giants
The Giants traded first-year kicker Brandon McManus to the Broncos for a conditional draft pick next year. McManus battled incumbent Josh Brown for the starting job.
The Giants also placed safety Cooper Taylor and receiver Marcus Harris on injured reserve. Taylor hurt his left foot in Indianapolis on Aug. 16. Harris sustained a hip injury against the Jets on Friday night.
The team also waived 13 other players, two with injuries — linebacker Justin Anderson (hamstring) and defensive end Emmanuel Dieke (knee).
Also released were cornerbacks Charles James and Ross Weaver; safeties C.J. Barnett and Kyle Sebetic; linebacker Spencer Adkins; wide receiver Travis Harvey; tight ends Xavier Grimble and Jerome Cunningham; guard John Sullen and defensive tackle Everett Dawkins.
Taylor and James were the only players among the 15 who played for the 2013 Giants. Adkins and Dawkins were the only other players with NFL regular-season experience.
Linebacker Heath Farwell (groin), cornerback A.J. Jefferson (ankle) and guard C.J. Davis (calf) were placed on injured reserved. Wide receiver David Gilreath, linebacker Horace Miller and defensive tackle Michael Brooks were waived/injured and defensive back Eric Pinkins was placed on the reserve/non-football injury list.
Green Bay Packers
The Packers placed nose tackle B.J. Raji (biceps), wide receiver Jared Abbrederis (knee), offensive lineman Don Barclay (knee), guard Andrew Tiller (calf), running back Rajion Neal (knee) and linebacker Joe Thomas (knee) on IR.
The team reached an injury settlement with tight end Colt Lyerla, who was waived/injured last week and had been on the team’s injured reserve list.
The Lions made a pair of waiver cllaims, acquiring former Dolphins tight end Michael Egnew and former Eagles fullback Emil Igwenagu.
Egnew played in all 16 games for Miami in 2013, making seven catches for 69 yards. Igwenagu spent most of his two seasons in Philadelphia on the practice squad.
The Lions released tight end Jacob Maxwell and guard Bryce Quigley.
Kansas City Chiefs
The Chiefs waived offensive tackle Ryan McKee and defensive backs Kevin Rutland and Damond Smith. McKee was trying to make a comeback in the NFL after spending last season working as an assistant coach at North Carolina. Rutland and Smith were trying to win jobs at cornerback.
Tennessee placed linebacker Colin McCarthy on injured reserve, a move expected since he had surgery on his left shoulder Aug. 15. The team waived linebacker David Hinds, wide receiver Isaiah Williams and offensive lineman Gabe Ikard, who needed season-ending knee surgery.