The Colts have placed linebacker Gary Brackett and safety Melvin Bullitt on injured reserve, owner Jim Irsay announced on Twitter.
Brackett, 31, has missed the last two weeks with a shoulder injury and may have played his final game in a Colts uniform. The veteran middle linebacker is due to earn $5 million in base salary in 2012, which he may need to reduce to return.
For the second season in a row, Bullitt’s season ends on injured reserve with a shoulder injury. Bullitt originally injured the shoulder last October, causing him to undergo season-ending surgery. The 26-year-old safety was re-signed to a three-year, $10.8 million extension in August and has 11 tackles and an interception in his two games this season.
To replace Brackett and Bullitt, the Colts officially re-signed quarterback Dan Orlovsky and signed linebacker A.J. Edds off the New England Patriots practice squad. Orlovsky was with the Colts during training camp and knows the offense enough to capably back-up expected starter Curtis Painter.
Edds joins former Iowa Hawkeye teammate Pat Angerer, who leads the NFL with 41 tackles after a 21-stop performance against the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday night.