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Indianapolis Colts Release Ijalana, Sign Arena Player: Fan Take

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Indianapolis Colts Release Ijalana, Sign Arena Player:  Fan Take

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New Indianapolis Colts OL Ty Nsekhe while with the Arena Football League's San Antonio Talons in 2012. …

The NFL has not been kind to Indianapolis Colts OG Ben Ijalana. After tearing his ACL in training camp, the second-round pick from 2011 has been waived-injured by the team.

The 6-foot-4, 337-pound lineman out of Villanova was selected 49th overall by the Colts in the 2011 NFL Draft but was lost to a season-ending injury just four games into the season. The torn ACL ends his 2012 season before it even began.

If Ijalana clears waivers, he will be placed on the Colts' Injured Reserve list.

To replace Ijalana on the roster, the Colts signed OL Ty Nsekhe, a 6-foot-8, 325-pounder out of Texas State. Nsekhe played for the San Antonio Talons of the Arena Football League in 2012 after spending the 2011 season with the Philadelphia Soul and the 2010 season with the Dallas Vigilantes. He played for the Corpus Christi Sharks of the af2--the Arena Football League's now-defunct developmental league--in 2009.

In the AFL, offensive lineman often serve as de facto tight ends in the 8-on-8 sport. Nsekhe has played this role, collecting 13 passes for 123 yards and 3 touchdowns in his AFL career. He has also lined up on defense from time to time, registering 6 tackles.

As a member of the Talons this year, Nsekhe was a teammate of Colts linebacker Jerry Brown, who was signed by Indianapolis in May.

The Colts website reports that Nsekhe "competed in 12 games over his AFL tenure," but that's inaccurate. According to the Arena Football League's statistics, he played in 11 games for San Antonio in 2012, starting 10 of them. Last season with Philadelphia, Nsekhe played in all 18 games, starting 17 of them. Stats from 2010 are not available online.

As a team, the Talons allowed only 20 sacks on the season, ranking fifth in the league of 17 teams. San Antonio finished the regular season with a 14-4 record, the Central Division title, and the No. 1 seed in the National Conference playoffs.

The author is a Featured Contributor in Sports for the Yahoo! Contributor Network and frequently contributes to Yahoo! Sports' coverage of the Arena Football League. He's also a resident of central Indiana and a longtime fan of the Colts. You can follow him on Twitter at @RedZoneWriting and on Facebook.

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