Colts LB Daniel Adongo ready to make his NFL debut

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The Colts are getting a new weapon for Sunday’s game against the Cincinnati Bengals. Daniel Adongo was elevated from the practice squad to the 53-man roster on Tuesday. The former rugby player turned outside linebacker is making his NFL debut as if that isn’t enough he will be playing in his first football game ever.

“Everyone puts in the effort and hard work. I’m excited about the opportunity. With that said, I’m not going to let that excitement get to me. It’s been subdued by my duty and obligation to do my job, my task, whatever is asked of me from the team and my coaches, from that standpoint to do it to the best of my abilities,” said Adongo.

Adongo has come along way since the Colts brought him over from South Africa in July. He’s increased his football I.Q. learning from veterans like Robert Mathis and Cory Redding.

“I am excited. The guy couldn’t even put his pants on six months ago, didn’t know how to get into a stance, knew nothing about football and look at where he’s at now. He’s giving the offensive line fits. He’s strong. He’s fast. Very aggressive player and I cannot wait to see him line up wherever they put him. Whoever’s across from him is going to be in trouble. He’s a heck of a player, you’re all going to see it. And I can’t wait to see him play,” said Redding.

“It’s night and day. The guy is a smart guy. We know from a physical standpoint he’s very, very athletic. He can run. He’s big. He’s strong. He’s a tireless worker. He’s been a great pro. Even though he hasn’t played, he’s picked up a ton,” added Head Coach Chuck Pagano.

The Colts won’t be using Adongo on defense anytime soon, expect to see him get his start in the NFL on special teams.