Less than a week after suffering a season-ending knee injury on the first day of training camp, linebacker A.J. Edds has been waived by the Indianapolis Colts.
The former Greenwood Community High School star and Columbus resident will be placed on injured reserve after clearing waivers, according to the team’s website.
Edds, who has battled injuries throughout his brief NFL career, tore the ACL in his left knee Sunday during the first open practice of training camp at Anderson University. Two years ago, he tore his right ACL during the fourth day of training camp with the Miami Dolphins and missed his entire rookie season.
Edds’ release comes after shortly the Colts acquired veteran linebackers Moise Fokou and Greg Lloyd from the Philadelphia Eagles on Thursday in a trade for cornerback Kevin Thomas.
Edds, who was not immediately available for comment, appeared in nine games for the Colts last season.
and tallied 12 tackles.
He saw his most extensive action on defense during a 31-24 loss at New England on Dec. 4. He filled in for former Iowa teammate Pat Angerer after Angerer injured his knee on the game’s opening series.
Edds himself suffered a high-ankle sprain late in the game and sat out the next two contests.
A four-year starter at Greenwood, Edds played linebacker and tight end for the Woodmen. He also was a starting center on the varsity basketball team and was an IHSAA State Meet qualifier in the hurdles.
Selected the Daily Journal’s Male Athlete of the Year in 2006, he was a four-year player and three-year starter at Iowa. Originally recruited as a tight end, he switched to linebacker during preseason camp of his freshmen year and was one of the Big Ten’s top linebackers for much of his career.
A multiple Academic All-Big Ten selection, Edds played in the Orange Bowl and Senior Bowl his final year at Iowa and is the first player from a Johnson County high school to be selected in the NFL Draft.
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