Colts release Simon, Bond, make trade to reach 53-man limit

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Baltimore Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson (8) throws the ball over Indianapolis Colts defensive end John Simon (51) during an NFL preseason football game in Indianapolis, Monday, Aug. 20, 2018. The Ravens defeated the Colts 20-19. (Jeff Haynes/AP Images for Panini)

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The Indianapolis Colts have cut defensive end John Simon and center Deyshawn Bond to trim the roster to the 53-player limit.

Simon was ninth on the team in tackles last season with 42 as a linebacker but moved to defensive end as the Colts switched from a 3-4 front to the more traditional 4-3. Bond made the team last season as an undrafted rookie and started the first four games before sustaining a season-ending torn quad.

Indy released safety T.J. Green as expected, too. He was a second-round draft pick in 2015 and the Colts now have only eight players left from the 38 players selected from 2012-16.

Indy opens the season Sept. 9 against Cincinnati.

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