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Monday, August 19, 2013
Colts looking for outside receiving help

By Mike Wells

The warning has been sent to Griff Whalen, Jeremy Kelley, Nathan Palmer, Jabin Sambrano and Lanear Sampson.

It came at about 7:30 p.m. ET on Monday when the Indianapolis Colts announced the signing of receiver Maurice Williams, a former Arena League Player.

For as much as the Colts have been praised (I’m right there in praising them, too) for their receiving trio of Reggie Wayne, T.Y. Hilton and Darrius Heyward-Bey, there’s concern within the organization about the lack of depth behind them. The fourth receiver -- LaVon Brazill -- is suspended the first four games of the season for violating the league’s substance abuse policy.

You would think somebody on the roster would take advantage of the opportunity, right?

Wrong.

Whalen had an impressive first two weeks of training camp, but a groin injury has sidelined him for more than a week now.

Whalen, Kelly, Palmer, Sambrano and Sampson have combined for eight catches in the first two preseason games.

I was told early on that Colts general manager Ryan Grigson has no problem looking on the outside if the current players aren’t getting the job done.

Enter Williams.

He spent time with the Cleveland Gladiators and Orlando Predators in the AFL He caught 39 passes for 517 yards and 12 touchdowns during his two seasons in the AFL.