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Colts place veteran pass-rusher Trent Cole on IR

A hyper-banged-up Indianapolis Colts defense is losing another contributor.

The team announced Tuesday that Trent Cole was placed on injured reserve. The veteran outside linebacker had been dealing with a back injury.

In a related move, the Colts also signed guard Adam Redmond to the practice squad and released safety Lee Hightower.

Cole had failed to generate a sack over two games, but losing him doesn't help a defense that has been slammed with early season injuries. 

The 33-year-old, in theory, was being counted on to rush the passer for a team with just four takedowns on the year, ranking them ahead of just five other clubs. The only good news for the Colts is that it wasn't another injury to their paper-thin secondary.

Battling back issues at his age, it's fair to wonder if this could be it for Cole, who has played in 171 career NFL games for the Colts and Eagles.

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