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Colts promote a third quarterback

We’re not sure what Rex Ryan found under his tree on Friday morning, but we do know that his fondest Christmas wish was facing a Colts team without Peyton Manning, Reggie Wayne and assorted other stars.

The Colts made a roster move Saturday that might make Ryan feel a little better about whether he landed on Santa’s naughty or nice list. Adam Schefter of ESPN reports that the Colts promoted quarterback Drew Willy from the practice squad, a move that gives them three quarterbacks for Sunday’s game with the win-or-else Jets.

Willy was a four-year starter at the University of Buffalo but went undrafted in April. He was with the Ravens in training camp, failed to make the final cut and was signed to the Colts’ practice squad earlier this month.

Colts coach Jim Caldwell hasn’t offered any insight into his specific plans for playing time for starting players on his 14-0 team over the final two weeks. You could read between the lines and decide that Caldwell wants to have a backup for Curtis Painter on the roster because he plans to use Painter against the Jets. Or you could decide that he wants to make use of the emergency quarterback spot in case of, you know, an emergency.

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11 Responses to “Colts promote a third quarterback”
  1. slipkid says: Dec 26, 2009 6:49 PM


  2. Chasehunterj says: Dec 26, 2009 7:07 PM

    Drew Willy from Turner Gill Buffalo…

  3. Treima says: Dec 26, 2009 7:33 PM

    At least there’s no chance of rain in the dome, lest he become a wet Willy.

  4. uzzi says: Dec 26, 2009 8:03 PM

    Indystar reporting that DT John Gill was signed
    and took Gonzo’s empty roster spot
    So either Adam S is wrong or there has been another player cut to make room for this move.

  5. Lombardi 6 says: Dec 26, 2009 8:10 PM

    ..and promoted Bert Jones to the practice squad–“how dey do dat??”

  6. uzzi says: Dec 26, 2009 9:15 PM

    Indystar reporting that both DT John Gill and QB Drew Willy have been signed to the active roster.
    It isn’t immediately know what player move they made to create room for both players.

  7. Bigbluefan says: Dec 26, 2009 9:24 PM

    From what I understand the 3rd Manning brother is playing tomorrow he wants to win just like his two brothers and since its only the JETS we all know they will choke

  8. schimenator says: Dec 26, 2009 9:40 PM

    I don’t think the emergency QB counts against the roster.

  9. Hohumdiddly says: Dec 26, 2009 10:12 PM

    Well Gonzalez was placed on the IR this week.

  10. HarrisonHits says: Dec 26, 2009 10:15 PM

    Can’t wait to see the Colt’s 2nd and 3rd stringers pound the crap out of the Jets.

  11. prophet of the light says: Dec 26, 2009 10:56 PM

    I wonder if he’s a Slick Willy.

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