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Former Colts Offensive Guard Hugh Thornton Signs With Atlanta Falcons

Intro: On Tuesday afternoon, Hugh Thornton signed with the Atlanta Falcons. Thornton was a 2013 third-round pick of the Colts and started 32 career games in Indianapolis.


INDIANAPOLIS – Hugh Thornton will try to cure his injury ails with the Atlanta Falcons.

After three straight seasons ending on injured reserve, Thornton saw his rookie contract expire earlier this month. 

The Colts did not re-sign Thornton, a 2013 third-round pick who started 32 games in his first three seasons in Indianapolis.

Coming into a contract year this past season, Thornton was expected to compete for the starting right guard job with Denzelle Good.

But that competition hardly got started as an ankle injury placed Thornton on IR at the end of the 2016 preseason.

Inconsistent play and injuries led to Thornton's departure from the Colts.

A Week 16 game in 2015 was the last time Thornton put on a Colts uniform.

Thornton was the lone unrestricted offensive line free agent the Colts had in 2017.

Below are the former Colts who have a found a new home this offseason:

  • S-Mike Adams:Carolina Panthers
  • DL-Zach Kerr: Denver Broncos, a 2017 restricted free agent
  • ILB-Josh McNary: Jacksonville Jaguars, a 2017 restricted free agent
  • OLB-Chris Carter:Washington Redskins
  • OG-Hugh Thornton: Atlanta Falcons

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