INDIANAPOLIS –Shaun Phillips Warps Up Day One As A Colt
Donning a white No. 55 jersey, Shaun Phillips was on the practice field Thursday for his first day with the Colts.
Phillip, a 6-3, 255-pound outside linebacker, was claimed off waivers by the Colts on Wednesday and brings a history of pass rushing ability to Indianapolis.
Since joining the NFL in 2004, Phillips has 81.5 career sacks.
With the history of coming off the edge, Phillips sees his on-the-field role being just that in Indianapolis.
"A lot of people know me as a pass rusher. Hopefully it's get after the quarterback," Phillips said of his role.
"If it's helping the guys in the classroom, or helping get guys together, or being the cheerleader, if that's what I've got to do, that's what I have to do."
After playing with the Chargers from 2004-2012, Phillips led the Broncos with 10.0 sacks last season. Phillips has spent the 2014 season with the Titans, leaving Tennessee with 19 total tackles and 2.0 sacks in 11 games.
"I just got to say that I'm thankful for the opportunity," Phillips said.
"I wasn't able to play much (In Tennessee). When I had my meeting with the (Titans), they just wanted to bring some younger guys in. They apologized for not getting me on the field."
There is a ton of familiarity within the Colts locker room for Phillips.
The Purdue product played for defensive line coach Gary Emanuel in West Lafayette. During Phillips' time in San Diego, he played under defensive coordinator Greg Manusky.
On Thursday, Manusky said the Colts envision using Phillips on third downs as a pass rusher that can spell Bjoern Werner and Erik Walden.
Phillips did say this current scheme differs from what he played in under Manusky out in San Diego, but after 160 games of NFL experience, he doesn't anticipate too much of a learning curve.
Colts Make Roster Moves On ThursdayOn Thursday morning, the Colts announced that they had agreed to terms with free agent cornerback Jalil Brown and waived cornerback Loucheiz Purifoy.
As an undrafted free agent, Purifoy had been a key special teams player for the Colts with five tackles and a forced fumble.
Chuck Pagano, who typically doesn't meet with the media on Thursdays, didn't go into specific details for waiving Purifoy but called it an "in-house deal."
Thursday Injury Report
Here is the injury report for Thursday:
-DNP-Dwayne Allen (ankle), Colt Anderson (knee), Xavier Nixon (foot), Cory Redding (knee), Andy Studebaker (hamstring) and Hugh Thornton (knee).
-Along with the starters Allen and Thornton missing a second straight day, the Colts were without two of their key special teams guys in Anderson and Stduebaker. Redding was not on the injury report on Wednesday.
-LIMITED-Darius Butler (knee) and Vontae Davis (foot).
-A banged up Colts secondary got Davis back at practice in a limited role.
-FULL- Gosder Cherilus (shoulder), Josh Gordy (back) D'Qwell Jackson (rest), Greg Toler (concussion) and Reggie Wayne
-This was the next step in the concussion protocol for Toler.