Colts add WR Keke Coutee, awarded 2 cornerbacks off waivers

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Keke Coutee

Keke Coutee #16 of the Houston Texans catches a touchdown pass in the game against the Indianapolis Colts during the fourth quarter at Lucas Oil Stadium on December 20, 2020 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Justin Casterline/Getty Images)

INDIANAPOLIS – No sooner had the Indianapolis Colts reached the 53-player roster limit Tuesday than they began altering it.

Wednesday, the team was awarded a pair of cornerbacks off waivers: Tharkarius Keyes (waived by Kansas City) and Chris Wilcox (Tampa Bay). Keyes was a seventh-round pick of the Chiefs in 2020 and Wilcox a seventh-round by the Bucs in the April draft.

To add the two to the active roster, the Colts had to make corresponding moves. It’s been reported they waived cornerbacks Marvell Tell III and Andre Chachere.

General manager Chris Ballard and his staff also are finalizing their 16-player practice squad.

One of the additions: veteran wideout Keke Coutee. The 2018 fourth-round pick of Houston was waived by the Texans when rosters were cut to 53.

Coutee has had trouble staying on the field – he’s missed 25 games in three seasons and never played more than nine in a year – but routinely pestered the Colts’ secondary.

In six career games, including the playoffs, Coutee has 38 receptions, 438 yards and two touchdowns. He has three career 100-yard games, all against the Colts: 11 catches for 109 yards as a rookie and 11 catches for 110 yards and one TD in the playoffs that season, and eight catches for 141 yards in 2020.

His career stats: 83 receptions, 941 yards and four TDs.

The team announced 15 of its 16 practice-squad additions and Coutee was not among them.

Brought back to the practice squad: center Joey Hunt, linebacker Curtis Bolton, wideouts DeMichael Harris, Tyler Vaughns and Tarik Black, defensive tackle Andrew Brown, safety Sean Davis, offensive tackle Carter O’Donnell, running back Deon Jackson, tight end Farrod Green, safety Shawn Davis, cornerback Anthony Chesley, defensive end Kameron Cline, linebacker Malik Jefferson and quarterback Brett Hundley.

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