Ryan Lindley Released by Colts: Latest Details, Comments and Reaction

Indianapolis Colts quarterback Ryan Lindley (3) during the second half of an NFL football game against the Tennessee Titans in Indianapolis, Sunday, Jan. 3, 2016. The Colts defeat the Titans 30-24.  (AP Photo/AJ Mast)
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Joe PantornoFeatured ColumnistFebruary 9, 2016

The Indianapolis Colts released quarterback Ryan Lindley on Tuesday, according to Around the NFL

Lindley was with the Colts for just one game last season. Indianapolis signed the 26-year-old during Week 17 after encountering a number of injuries at the quarterback position.

The team saw four different quarterbacks under center after Andrew Luck's injury.

Veteran Matt Hasselbeck started eight games, but when he went down, perennial backup Charlie Whitehurst fell victim to injury in the same game. Former 2009 first-round selection Josh Freeman stepped in to start the final game of the season. 

Lindley attempted just 10 passes with the Colts. 

Over four years in the NFL, he appeared in 10 games, starting six of them. Lindley has a career 1-5 record with a 51.1 percent completion percentage.

Because of injuries to Carson Palmer and Drew Stanton in the 2014 season, Lindley started in the NFC Divisional Round for the Cardinals against the Carolina Panthers, going 16-of-28 for 82 yards and two interceptions. 

The Colts will have to decide whether to retain Hasselbeck, should he return for another season, or Freeman for the backup role.

During his time in the NFL, Lindley hasn't done much to suggest he should have a job in the league. He has three touchdowns compared to 11 interceptions and has had trouble getting acclimated to the offenses he's been a part of. Lindley has a tendency to hold on to the ball a little too long and has been sacked 18 times, 6.2 percent of his dropbacks as a result.

For teams that are in desperate need of a quarterback, Lindley could be an option to provide depth at the position. 


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