INDIANAPOLIS — Entering the week with more than 20 players listed, the Indianapolis Colts' injured reserve list is slowly shrinking.
The team today announced it has waived safety T.J. Green and wide receiver K.J. Brent from IR, both with injury settlements.
To reach an injury settlement, a team and a player determine a timeframe they believe the player would've been out with an injury and the team generally agrees to pay the player for that timeframe, as well as his medical costs, to be able to release them from IR. Injury settlements can be beneficial for both sides, because it gives the team the opportunity to possibly bring back that player down the road that season, while the player doesn't have to be stuck on IR for an entire season if they eventually are able to get full health.
The Colts did not release the timeframes for the injury settlements for Green or Brent.
They're actually the second and third players to be waived from IR with injury settlements this week; tackle Tyreek Burwell received an injury settlement on Wednesday.
Green suffered a hamstring injury during the Colts' third preseason game against the San Francisco 49ers and was unable to return for the preseason finale prior to final roster cuts. A second-round (57th-overall) pick by the Colts in the 2016 NFL Draft, Green logged 87 total tackles with three passes defensed and five special teams stops in 31 total games with 11 starts during his two seasons in Indianapolis.
Brent, meanwhile, suffered a knee injury during the Colts' joint training camp practice with the Baltimore Ravens on Aug. 18. Brent, who was gaining momentum on a possible roster spot at wide receiver at the time of his injury, appeared in five games for the Colts last season on offense and on special teams.
The Colts now have 17 players remaining on their IR list, some of whom will remain for the season, while others could eventually also end up being waived or released down the road.