INDIANAPOLIS – The Indianapolis Colts today signed defensive back Brandon King off the Miami Dolphins practice squad, claimed linebacker Kevin Bentley off waivers from Jacksonville, elevated defensive back Mike Holmes from the practice squad to the active roster, signed offensive tackle Mike Tepper to the practice squad and placed defensive tackle Drake Nevis on injured reserve.
King, 5-10, 194 pounds, was originally signed by Indianapolis as an undrafted free agent on April 30, 2010. He appeared in four games during the 2010 campaign primarily on special teams before being placed on Injured Reserve. King was waived by the Colts following training camp on September 3, 2011 and was signed to the Miami Dolphins practice squad on September 14 where he remained for the first 13 weeks of the season.
Bentley, 6-0, 247 pounds, is in his 10th NFL season and was originally selected by the Cleveland Browns in the fourth round of the 2002 NFL Draft. Bentley spent three years with the Browns (2002-2004), three years with the Seattle Seahawks (2005-2007) and three years with the Houston Texans (2008-2010). He spent the 2011 preseason with the San Diego Chargers, but was released following training camp. Bentley was signed by the Jacksonville Jaguars on November 22, 2011 prior to being released yesterday.
In 133 games (37 starts), Bentley has totaled 309 tackles (200 solo), one sack, two interceptions, nine passes defensed, two forced fumbles and five fumble recoveries.
Holmes, 5-11, 184 pounds, is in his rookie season and spent the 2011 training camp with the Chicago Bears. He was signed by the Colts to the team's practice squad on October 12, 2011. Holmes attended Syracuse University where he played in 49 games (45 starts). He ranks fifth on the school's career record list for tackles by a defensive back (247) while adding six interceptions, three sacks, 9.5 tackles for loss, two forced fumbles and six fumble recoveries.
Tepper, 6-6, 323 pounds, has competed in six games with four starts for the Colts this season. He made his NFL debut at Tampa Bay on October 3 seeing action at offensive tackle and special teams. Tepper made his first career start at Tennessee on October 30, opening the game at right guard. He helped pave the way for Indianapolis running backs to generate 158 rushing yards.
Nevis competed in five games during his rookie season and totaled 19 tackles (nine solo) and one pass defensed. He made his NFL debut on September 11 at Houston and totaled four stops. Nevis also contributed with a season-high six tackles and one tackle for loss the following week against Cleveland.