The Indianapolis Colts added defensive lineman Byron Cowart to their roster on Saturday, the NFL team announced.
The Latest England Patriots waived Cowart on Friday, and the Colts claimed him after 15 teams passed.
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To open a roster spot for Cowart, Indianapolis waived defensive end Scott Patchan.
The Colts return their defensive-interior starters from the 2021 season – Grover Stewart and Pro Bowler DeForest Buckner.
Indianapolis’ veteran players are scheduled to report for training camp on Tuesday.
Cowart has not played because the 2020 season. He opened training camp last season on the physically-unable-to-perform list with an undisclosed injury and never got here off it.
Cowart joined the Patriots within the fifth round of the 2019 NFL Draft. He played in five games as a rookie, then made 14 starts in his second season.
Once ranked because the No. 1 recruit within the 2015 class, Cowart played at Auburn in 2015 and 2016 before being granted his release early within the 2017 season. Cowart cited his lack of playing time and the health of his mother as the explanations he sought to depart the Tigers. Cowart played at Maryland within the 2018 season.
In other transactions involving former Auburn players on Saturday, the Kansas City Chiefs announced offensive tackle Prince Tega Wanogho (Edgewood Academy) would start training camp on the physically-unable-to-perform list and the Tennessee Titans announced the signing of quarterback Malik Willis, a third-round draft alternative on April 29.
The Titans also signed former Auburn All-American Roger McCreary (Williamson) on Friday. The signings allowed the second-round cornerback and Willis to report back to training camp on time on Saturday.
Two other players with Alabama football roots also went on the PUP list on Saturday – Chiefs wide receiver Justyn Ross (Central-Phenix City) and Titans linebacker Monty Rice (James Clemens).
Players with the PUP designation can’t practice until receiving medical clearance.
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Mark Inabinett is a sports reporter for Alabama Media Group. Follow him on Twitter at @AMarkG1.