Sheard started at the "rush" linebacker position but had just one tackle in Sunday's loss at the Rams. Sheard didn't generate any pass rush and was part of a defense that struggled in a 46-9 blowout loss. He played 50 snaps, but the Indy linebacking corps could be in flux early in the season with all new starters from the start of last season.
Sheard is listed a starting linebacker at the "rush" position on the Colts' unofficial depth chart. Indy's linebacking corps may be in flux the first few games with a new group of starters, but Sheard may get an opportunity to rush the passer.
Sheard signed a three-year, $25.5 million contract with the Colts, The Boston Herald's Jeff Howe reports. A versatile defender who can line up at both outside linebacker and defensive end, Sheard churned out 70 tackles and 13 sacks across 28 games for the Patriots the past two seasons. He'll now look to compete for a starting role with the Colts.
Sheard (knee) does not appear on the Patriots' injury report Wednesday, the Boston Herald reports. Sheard was hampered by a knee injury during the Patriots' victory over the Steelers in the AFC championship game, but his absence from Wednesday's injury report suggests the ailment isn't an issue anymore. Barring any sort of setback, Sheard should be all systems go for Sunday's Super Bowl in Houston.
Sheard (knee) was limited at practice Thursday. Sheard was limited in practice last week but was able to play in Sunday's AFC championship game. He isn't expected to be held out of the Super Bowl, even if he's limited the rest of this week and next week.
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