INDIANAPOLIS – Chandler Harnish has been through this scenario before and hes not about to give up.
Harnish, a Norwell graduate and former Northern Illinois star, was one of three former Colts draft picks who did not make the team.
Minor setback in the journey..will continue to push forward & chase that dream! Harnish wrote on his Twitter account.
Offensive lineman Ben Ijalana and defensive tackle Drake Nevis were also among 19 players waived Saturday by the Colts, who also put three players on the waived-injured list to reach the leagues mandated 53-man roster limit.
On the other end of the cut line, Caesar Rayford and Delano Howell survived cutdown day.
None of the moves came as a surprise.
Harnish, the final pick of last years draft, made the teams active roster last season, but was inactive for the first five games and spent the rest of the season on Indianapolis practice squad. If he clears waivers, he could rejoin the Colts practice squad.
You have to be mentally tough and bounce back, Harnish said after a rough start in Thursdays preseason finale. The players that stick in this league are the ones that bounce back.
Ijalana was a second-round pick in 2011 who was expected to solidify the Colts interior line. But he missed the final 12 games of his rookie season with a knee injury, and then re-injured the knee at training camp in 2012 and missed the entire season.
Nevis, a third-round pick in 2011, made five starts as a rookie and three last season, but like Ijalana finished both seasons on injured reserve.
Rayford and Howell, however, were impressive all summer.
Howell, a college teammate of Andrew Luck and Coby Fleener, spent most of last season with Buffalo after making the team as an undrafted free agent. Indianapolis signed the safety in mid-November, and he led the Colts with 24 tackles in the preseason.
Rayford was one of the most unlikely players to make the roster at the start of training camp.
But the 6-foot-7, 267-pound linebacker showed steady progress throughout the preseason. Now the 27-year-old rookie who spent the last five seasons bouncing around the Arena and Canadian Football Leagues is on the Colts roster.
Linebackers Daniel Adongo and Josh McNary, two of the leagues more intriguing undrafted rookies, were let go, but could be brought back for the practice squad.
Indianapolis also cut safety Larry Asante; offensive linemen Thomas Austin, Bradley Sowell and Lee Ziemba; defensive backs Marshay Green and Sheldon Price; defensive linemen Lawrence Guy and Martin Tevaseu; fullback Robert Hughes; tight end Dominique Jones; receivers Jeremy Kelley, Jabin Sambrano and Lanear Sampson; and linebacker Monte Simmons.