The Indianapolis Star has learned that defensive tackle Corey Simon was activated from the physically unable to perform list by the Indianapolis Colts on Thursday; no one was more surprised than Simon. “This is the first I’ve heard of it,” Simon said when reached by telephone. “It’s news to me.” What the Colts intend to do was unclear. Simon refused to discuss the possibilities and club president Bill Polian, the team’s spokesman on player issues, did not immediately respond to an interview request.
The activation could possibly be a procedural step in the process of terminating the seven-year veteran’s contract. In two years since signing with the Colts, Simon has been paid more than $14 million in bonuses and salary but played in only 13 regular-season games. Simon did not play last season after undergoing surgery on his left knee during training camp. He was placed on the league’s non-football illness/injury list for an unspecified condition in October and the team did not pay him $1.9 million of his $2.5 million base salary. “I am not retiring,” he said. “Retirement is the last thing I plan to do.”