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Colts Bring Back DT Ed Johnson

A drug possession charge evidently was not enough to keep the Colts away from bringing back defensive tackle Ed Johnson. The team waived him one day after an arrest last September, but Tuesday brought him back with deal to re-join the club.

“We are giving Ed Johnson another opportunity to play for the Indianapolis Colts,” Colts coach Jim Caldwell said in a statement Tuesday. “We dismissed Ed last year because he knowingly violated a team rule in the area of personal conduct. We consider every violation of a team rule or NFL policy on an individual case-by-case basis, and we evaluate a possible return to the team on that same basis.”

He came to the Colts as an undrafted free agent in 2007, starting 16 games. He started one game in 08 before the arrest that ended up with him bring waived. “I would like to thank the Colts, especially (owner) Jim Irsay, for this second privilege to join the team,” Johnson said in a statement. “I apologize to everyone for the situation I created last year.”

The arrest last year was not the first for Johnson, who also was temporarily expelled from Penn State in 2005 for violating the school policy on sexual misconduct and confining another student against the student’s will. He was reinstated in 2006, but later suspended for the Outback Bowl for violating team rules.

Now he’ll have another chance for a team that could use the help on their D-line, and are hoping that Johnson is the answer.

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