Colts: Ex-rugby star's injury gets him cut

August, 9, 2014
Aug 9
12:15
PM ET
ANDERSON, Ind. -- Daniel Adongo had always been an intriguing prospect for the Indianapolis Colts.

He was a rugby standout overseas who wanted to take a crack at playing in the NFL. Adongo started out on the Colts’ practice squad in 2013 then worked his way on to the active roster as a special-teams player by season’s end. He entered training camp with a shot, albeit a long one, to get snaps at outside linebacker since Robert Mathis is suspended for the first four games of the season.

Adongo’s progress came to a screeching halt Thursday against the New York Jets when he suffered a bicep injury. Then, just 24 hours later, Adongo was waived/injured by the Colts. He'll go on the injured reserve list if he goes unclaimed.

The injury not only ends Adongo’s season, it also halts his progression in learning the game. Adongo’s goal to continue his career in the NFL isn’t over. If he ends up on IR, he can rehab and attempt to pick things back up where they left off and try to make the Colts in 2015.

In other late night activities by the Colts on Friday, they waived-injured defensive tackle Jeris Pendleton, waived cornerback Brandon Burton from IR and signed center Thomas Austin and guard Marcus Hall and re-signed receiver Nu’Keese Richardson. Like Adongo, Pendleton will go on IR if he goes unclaimed.

Mike Wells

ESPN Indianapolis Colts reporter

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