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Colts activate Trent Cole, waive Stephen Morris

August 20, 2016: Indianapolis Colts outside linebacker Trent Cole (58) during the NFL preseason week 2 game between the Baltimore Ravens and Indianapolis Colts at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, IN. (Photo by Zach Bolinger/Icon Sportswire)
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The Indianapolis Colts have activated outside linebacker Trent Cole and waived quarterback Stephen Morris, per Adam Caplan of ESPN.

Cole, 34, landed on injured reserve following the Colts’ Week 3 matchup after suffering a severe lower back injury. However, despite managing to make his way to the sideline for an extended period of time, he was listed as the Colts’ one designated player to return. His listing as such a player notably started a 21-day clock that forced Indianapolis to decide whether or not to officially activate him.

Cole began doing rehabilitation work earlier in the week and is now very close to returning to the field. The veteran pass rusher joined the Colts in 2015. After spending several years of his prime with the Philadelphia Eagles, Cole signed a two-year contract paying him $16 million. His first season with the Colts was disappointing, where he had only three sacks in 14 starts. This season, he has only made three tackles in his three games.

To fill the roster spot, Indianapolis has waived a backup signal caller in Morris. Morris went undrafted in 2014 and signed with the Jacksonville Jaguars as a result. He bounced between the active roster, practice squad and waiver wire before ending up in the same situation with the Eagles during September 2015.

He has bounced around within the Colts’ organization this season, including joining the active roster when starting quarterback Andrew Luck suffered a concussion. The Colts reportedly hope Morris clears waivers so he can be added back to the practice squad yet again.

Morris played for the Miami Hurricanes in college, spending four years with the team and playing frequently, including four starts as a true freshman. He threw for 7,896 yards, 48 touchdowns and 30 interceptions during his collegiate career.

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