Colts release Gosder Cherilus; tackle slowed by injuries

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) The Indianapolis Colts released starting right tackle Gosder Cherilus on Sunday, a surprising move less than a week before players report to training camp.

Cherilus had been a staple of the offensive line the past two seasons. He started 29 games, including two playoff games, in 2013.

But the 31-year-old Haitian struggled with injuries last season and was put on season-ending injured reserve in December. He had offseason knee surgery.

The Colts hoped Cherilus would be healthy for training camp even as they plugged second-year guard Jack Mewhort into Cherilus' spot during offseason workouts. Mewhort, Indy's second-round draft pick in 2014, played tackle at Ohio State and now goes into camp as the likely starter.

Cherilus spent his first five NFL seasons with Detroit.