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Monday, September 2, 2013
Colts still searching for pass-rush help

By Mike Wells

INDIANAPOLIS – One of the biggest questions not involving the offensive line with the Colts was who would be Robert Mathis' pass-rush partner.

That question started earlier this year when the Colts decided not to bring pass-rush specialist Dwight Freeney back. And it remains unanswered.

That’s not good when the regular season is just days away.

The Colts know that, too, which is why they acquired another pass-rusher in linebacker Cam Johnson from San Francisco on Monday. They released tight end Justice Cunningham to make room on the roster.

The Colts' front office liked what they saw on film from Johnson, who starred in the preseason for the 49ers. His performance in the preseason finale against San Diego sealed the deal for the Colts. Johnson, a seventh-round pick in 2012, had two sacks, blocked a punt and recovered it in the end zone for a touchdown. That performance earned Johnson a spot on the 49ers’ 53-man roster.

The Colts were hoping to get a better indication of who could complement Mathis, who had a team-high eight sacks last season, in the pass-rush department during the preseason. Rookie linebacker Caesar Rayford led the Colts with five sacks in the preseason, but he did it against backup players and won't likely get much playing time on defense this season.