Under normal circumstances, Lefeged would be a no-brainer to make the team. He was a strong special teams player last season and was able to come in and be a solid enough safety when called upon.
Things are a little more tricky now.
Lefeged was arrested in late June on gun charges after having a loaded gun in his car while in Washington D.C. and then trying to escape from police. He was released from jail a few days later.
It's hard to tell what the Colts will do with him. On one hand, he had a serious lapse in judgement, but on the other hand, he's a player that the team needs to provide depth behind Antoine Bethea and LaRon Landry while also playing on special teams.
Bob Kravitz of the Indianapolis Star provided his opinion on the situation, saying:
It would be foolish, though, for the Indianapolis Colts to climb on a moral high horse now and dump Lefeged, a special-teams guy and backup safety, before his case is litigated.
In this particular case, the Colts are properly inclined to let the wheels of justice churn and then make a considered decision based on all the facts.
My guess is General Manager Ryan Grigson is wrestling with this, going back and forth in his mind:
Do we send a tough message early and hope it permeates the entire roster, or do we acknowledge it’s Lefeged’s first offense, he’s generally been a model Colt and we provide young people with second chances?
Regardless of what the Colts decide to do, it's pretty clear that this will be one of the hardest decisions for Ryan Grigson and the coaching staff to make in the preseason. Lefeged will need to show that he can turn it around off of the field while impressing coaches on the field at the same time.