The Indianapolis Colts lost another player to a serious injury, as starting outside corner Dallis Flowers is done for the year. A razor thin cornerback room will now be reliant on two rookies and a now needed replacement. The loss of Flowers will be felt on special teams as well.
Colts head coach Shane Steichen announced the news of the brutal season-ending Achilles injury to second-year cornerback Dallis Flowers. A young and mostly inexperienced secondary will need to find a replacement quickly to bring some depth. Indianapolis will turn to both rookies JuJu Brents and Jaylon Jones as the immediate replacements. Here is an early list of players we might see the Colts bring in to help bring some stability to the back end of this roster and special teams.
Corners Colts could sign after losing Dallis Flowers
The current practice squad player returned from his three-game suspension in Week 4. He was with the Indianapolis the entire offseason, so he is familiar with the system that Gus Bradley is looking to execute. His three-game suspension was because of his involvement with New Orleans Saints RB Alvin Kamara’s incident at a Las Vegas casino where a man was beaten. Typically, the Colts don’t deal with players who’ve had off-the-field issues, but they obviously see something they like in him and decided to keep him on the practice squad for a chance at redemption.
An obvious choice and the most likely choice. Darius Rush is currently a part of the Kansas City Chiefs practice squad and would need to be added to the active roster immediately following the signing. Flowers will be placed on IR so the roster movement should be simple.
Rush was drafted in the fifth round of the 2023 NFL Draft and was with the Colts for their training camp and preseason. He was released during the initial 53-man roster cuts. While he couldn’t make the team the first time around, he knows the system, scheme, and expectations that Gus Bradley is looking to achieve.
Kevin Toliver II
Kevin Toliver II is another player that spent the offseason with Indianapolis but can bring a veteran presence to the secondary. He went undrafted in 2018 and spent two full seasons with the Chicago Bears and has seen time with the Denver Broncos and Baltimore Ravens as well in his career. He spent this offseason with Indianapolis but did not make the final roster.
I know it’s redundant, but he knows the system and he is used to being a fill-in player in his career. He understands that the Colts are going young with Brents and Jones on the outside and would be a great voice in the locker room.
Greedy Williams, the second-round pick of the Cleveland Browns in 2018 rounds out the list. Chris Ballard has been known to bring in the former high-round draft picks after they get released. We saw that this year with the Colts bringing in Taven Bryan, which has worked out well for both sides. The Eagles cut Williams this season with the intention of allowing him to sign with another team, but it never happened. Williams has seen action in 39 games and would be able to get on the field quickly to get some depth in the secondary.