Indianapolis Colts general manager Ryan Grigson, head coach Chuck Pagano and their team are scouring their roster, the waiver wire and potential trade targets for the best 53 players for their team in 2012. Grigson will be aggressive, as he demonstrated by pulling the trigger on a trade for former Dolphins cornerback Vontae Davis, via ESPN. Unfortunately for those players on the roster bubble, that means he won't hesitate to make tough cuts.
While it will be relatively easy for the team to pare the roster to 75 by Monday afternoon, as required by league rules, it won't be as easy getting down to 53 next week. At this point, it's pure speculation to guess who will remain standing when the Colts announce their final roster thanks largely to the number of injuries. Inevitably some fan favorites, veterans and players seen as surefire contributors will be released.
Who will they be? Here are five players that will surely be tough to cut.