Colts Activate Safety Clayton Gathers from Injured Reserve

Colts safety Clayton Geathers (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
Colts safety Clayton Geathers (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images) /

The Colts saw many of their key players begin the season on the injured reserve, but they will get one of those players back for the remainder of the year as Clayton Geathers is activated from injured reserve.

Clayton Geathers suffered a season-ending neck injury after playing in nine games last year.

With an injury like Geathers’ bulging disc that required offseason surgery, the Colts’ organization wanted to be as cautious as possible in his recovery. He began the 2017 season on injured reserve, but a new wrinkle in the NFL’s injured reserve policy allowed Geathers to return to the active roster later on in the year.

In order to open up a roster spot for Geathers, the Colt have waived linebacker Josh Perry. Perry played in two games for Indianapolis this season against the Bengals and Steelers, but he didn’t amass any stats during his time with the Colts.

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Geathers’ return will be huge for a Colts secondary that lost rookie safety Malik Hooker to a season-ending knee injury and waived former Pro Bowl cornerback Vontae Davis.

Geathers won a starting job in the defensive backfield last season in his second year with the Colts after he was a fourth-round rookie in 2015. He racked up 5 pass breakups and a forced fumble in his nine games last season, and he became a thumper in run support with 49 tackles.

It remains to be seen whether Geathers will play in the Colts’ next game against the Titans, but he has the benefit of a bye week to get his legs under him and prepare for the rest of the season.

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