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Colts promote LB McNary from practice squad

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The Indianapolis Colts elevated inside linebacker Josh McNary from the practice squad to the active roster, the team announced Tuesday.

McNary got a late start to the Colts' training camp this summer because he had to wrap up his service in the United States Army, but McNary earned a spot on the practice squad.

The Colts also waived tight end Justice Cunningham and wide receiver David Reed and placed safety Delano Howell on injured reserve.

McNary (6-0, 251) was originally signed by the Colts as a free agent on April 11. He finished his collegiate career as Army's all-time leader in sacks (28) and tackles for loss (49), while adding 195 tackles, nine passes defensed, five forced fumbles and three fumble recoveries. He is the only player in school history to record two double-digit sack seasons and also holds school records for the most sacks in a single game (4) and a single season (12.5).

Cunningham was selected by the Colts in the seventh round (254th overall) of the 2013 NFL Draft and was signed to the practice squad on Sept. 2. He was then elevated to the active roster on Nov. 19 and caught one pass for four yards in one game played.

Reed was acquired by the Colts in a trade with the Baltimore Ravens on Aug. 21. He played in seven games this season and returned 24 kickoffs for 590 yards.

Howell was originally signed by the Colts from the Buffalo Bills' practice squad on Nov. 28, 2012. In 2013, he appeared in six games, making three starts and recording 24 tackles.
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