Chandler Harnish is in the position he ended last season at – a member of the Colts’ practice squad.
Indianapolis signed the former Norwell quarterback and five other players to its practice squad Sunday. Harnish was released by the Colts on Saturday.
Harnish began last season on the Colts’ active roster after he was selected with the final pick in the 2012 draft, but he was moved to the team’s practice squad later in the season.
Harnish, who was battling Matt Hasselbeck for the backup job behind Andrew Luck, completed 24 of 51 passes for 176 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions in four preseason games. He led the Colts to a touchdown drive against Cincinnati in Thursday’s final preseason game.
Also on Sunday, the Colts claimed tight end Jack Doyle off waivers from Tennessee and waived running back Kerwynn Williams, who was the team’s seventh-round draft pick in April.
The Colts also signed linebackers Daniel Adongo and Josh McNary, center Thomas Austin, tight end Dominique Jones and cornerback Sheldon Price to the practice squad. Indianapolis has two open spots on the practice squad.
Rob Gronkowski is practicing again with the New England Patriots.
The star tight end took part in his first full-pads practice since undergoing back surgery in June.
Gronkowski participated with his teammates in drills during the 15 minutes in which reporters were allowed to observe Sunday. The Patriots kept him on their 53-man roster instead of putting him on the physically unable to perform list.
Also, a person familiar with the situation said the Patriots released running back-kick returner Leon Washington.
Around the league
Chicago claimed defensive end David Bass off waivers and waived defensive end Cheta Ozougwu. Buffalo quarterback EJ Manuel returned to practice after missing two weeks because of a left knee injury. Oakland claimed guard Antonie McClain off waivers from Baltimore and defensive tackle Brian Sanford from Cleveland. Both were to be added to the active roster, so Oakland released punter Chris Kluwe and waived quarterback Tyler Wilson. The Raiders open the season Sunday at Indianapolis.
Cleveland, a day after releasing 13 players, including its two kickers, released six players and claimed another six off waivers. Among the most prominent moves were the terminations of the contracts of running back Brandon Jackson and tight end Kellen Davis, two players expected to contribute in 2013.
The Jets bolstered their backfield by claiming running back Alex Green, who led Green Bay in rushing last season, off waivers from the Packers. The Jets also were awarded tackle Ben Ijalana from Indianapolis and linebacker Scott Solomon from Tennessee off waivers.
Arizona was awarded two players off waivers, offensive tackle Bradley Sowell from the Colts and nose tackle Alameda Ta’amu from the Steelers. Sowell played in 10 games as an undrafted rookie last season. Denver claimed Adrian Robinson off waivers from Philadelphia.