Werner appears to have retired, Scott Horner of the Indy Star reports.
Werner was speaking on German television and revealed that his history of knee problems has left him unable to perform at the level required by NFL teams. Although he's still just 26 years old, that reality has caused Werner to call time on his career. A first-round pick in 2013, Werner made 38 appearances for the Colts, registering 81 tackles and 6.5 sacks, before joining the Jaguars only to be released prior to this season.
Werner was released by the Jaguars on Tuesday, NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports.
Werner is a former first-round draft pick, but hasn't found much success in the NFL. He didn't put up stellar numbers with the Colts in his first couple seasons in the league, but he could catch on with another squad at some point.
Werner has signed with Jacksonville, Mark Long of the Associated Press reports.
Werner's signing comes just over a week after he was cut by the Colts, who drafted him 24th overall in 2013. He put up subpar numbers in his first two seasons, combining for 68 tackles, 6.5 sacks, one forced fumble, and five passes defensed, but he dropped off almost completely in his third season, recording just 13 tackles in 10 games. A return to the quality of play of his first two years will likely only be enough to net him a backup job at defensive end with the Jaguars.
Werner was released by the Colts on Tuesday.
The 24th overall pick in the 2013 NFL Draft, Werner didn't even make it to the final season of his rookie contract, notching just 81 tackles and 6.5 sacks in 38 games the past three years. Veteran outside linebackers Trent Cole and Robert Mathis may still be able to provide a decent rush on passing downs, but there's little question that the Colts need an infusion of young talent at the position.
Werner had three tackles and played 18 snaps on defense in Sunday's loss at Jacksonville.
He finally got some playing time after being a healthy scratch last week. However, he's only getting time due to injuries and his future with the Colts looks bleak.
Werner was a healthy inactive in Sunday's win over Tampa Bay.
Werner's playing time continues to decline as he was playing less than 20 snaps on defense per game the last six games. The 2013 first-round draft pick looks like total bust at this point.
Since he was selected in the first-round of the 2013 draft, Colts defensive end Bjoern Werner has been banged up and bruised with various injuries.
For Werner, playing through these ailments has frustrated him through the first two years of his career. He's totaled 68 tackles and 6 1/2 sacks through 28 regular-season games int wo seasons.
"I don't want to sound cocky, but personally, I feel like when I'm out there and healthy, I can be a baller," Werner said, via the Indianapolis Star. "I can do it all. You always have to get that mojo going of course. But I'm telling you, I'm confident I can be an NFL player and a starter in this league."
Colts linebacker Bjoern Werner will miss Sunday's AFC Championship Game, as he has been listed as inactive for the game. Werner dealt with a shoulder injury during the last few weeks of the regular season, but was able to play through it.
He totaled 50 tackles on the season including four sacks in 15 games.
The Colts are currently 7-point underdogs against New England.
Colts running back Trent Richardson, who was questionable with an illness, is active for Sunday's playoff game against the Bengals. He'll continue to back up Dan Herron.
All the Colts who were probable on the injury report also are active. The list includes wideout Reggie Wayne (groin), tight end Dwayne Allen (knee), linebacker Jerrell Freeman (hamstring), guard Joe Reitz (ankle), linebacker Erik Walden (knee) and linebacker Bjoern Werner (shoulder).
Indy is a 3.5-point home favorite.
The Colts listed the following players as probable for Sunday’s game against the Bengals: Dwayne Allen (knee), Jerrell Freeman (hamstring), Joe Reitz (ankle), Erik Walden (knee), Reggie Wayne (groin) and Bjoern Werner (shoulder).
Running back Trent Richardson (illness) is the only play listed as questionable. While A.Q. Shipley (ankle) is listed as doubtful and Hugh Thornton (shoulder) has been ruled out.
The Colts are 3 1/2-point favorites.
The Colts ruled these players inactive for the regular-season finale at Tennessee: tight end Dwayne Allen (knee), cornerback Sheldon Price, linebacker Jerrell Freeman (hamstring), guard Joe Reitz (ankle), offensive tackle Gosder Cherilus (groin), linebacker Bjoern Werner (shoulder) and nose tackle Zach Kerr.
The Colts listed tight end Dwayne Allen (knee), tackle Gosder Cherilus (groin) and outside linebacker Bjoern Werner (shoulder) as out for Sunday's contest against Tennessee.
Inside linebacker Jerrell Freeman (hamstring), wide receiver T.Y. Hilton (hamstring) and guard Joe Reitz (ankle) were ruled as questionable.
Meanwhile, defensive end Cory Redding (knee), guard Hugh Thornton (knee) and outside linebacker Erik Walden (knee) were labeled probable
Colts coach Chuck Pagano told reporters tight end Dwayne Allen (knee), tackle Gosder Cherilus (groin) and linebacker Bjoern Werner (shoulder) will all miss Sunday's regular season finale against the Titans, per the team's official website. The Colts have already clinched the No. 4 seed, and are taking a cautious approach with their injured players this week.
The Colts remain a 7-point road favorite against the Titans.
Four of the six players on the Colts injury report are dealing with ankle problems. Those ruled out are guards Jack Mewhort (ankle) and Hugh Thornton (back), defensive tackle Arthur Jones (ankle) and cornerback Darius Butler (ankle).
Linebacker Jerrell Freeman (hamstring) is questionable while fellow linebacker Bjoern Werner (ankle) is probable.
With Colts linebacker Robert Mathis out for the season, 2013 first-round pick Bjoern Werner is under the gun to get pressure on the quarterback. It didn't happen in Monday's loss to the Eagles, as Werner registered one hit on quarterback Nick Foles.
"Outside of a couple pressure plays during the preseason, Werner has done very little this season," notes ESPN.com. He has five tackles and no sacks through two regular-season games after recording 2.5 sacks as a rookie.
Colts general manager Ryan Grigson has challenged 2013 first-round pick and outside linebacker Bjoern Werner to bulk up in the offseason.
"He knows he needs to get stronger. He knows that," Grigson said in his postseason press conference.
Grigson did add that he felt Werner got better against the run as the year progressed. Werner started just one game in 2013 and managed 18 tackles and 2 1/2 sacks.
Though the Colts entered the Wild Card game against the Chiefs with an extensive list of injured players on the defensive side of the ball, all but one was able to play Saturday. Among the 10 players listed on the injury report, only defensive lineman Fili Moala (knee) was unable to play.
The list of Colts defenders able to play through injuries reads as follows: defensive backs Sergio Brown (groin), Darius Butler (quadriceps), Vontae Davis (groin) and Greg Toler (groin); linebackers Bjoern Werner (ankle) and Robert Mathis (not injury related); and defensive linemen Cory Redding (shoulder), Ricky Jean Francois (foot) and Aubrayo Franklin (knee).
The Colts have listed 10 players as probable for the playoff clash Saturday against Kansas City. All have been full practice participants throughout the week aside from wide receiver Darrius Heyward-Bey, who was limited with a hamstring pull on Wednesday. The only other offensive probable is lineman Mike McGlynn (elbow).
The defensive probables are defensive backs Sergio Brown (groin), Darius Butler (quad), Vontae Davis (groin) and Greg Toler (groin), linemen Ricky Jean Francois (foot) and Cory Redding (shoulder) and linebackers Bjoern Werner (ankle) and Robert Mathis (rest).
Colts coach Chuck Pagano said cornerback Vontae Davis (groin), defensive tackle Aubrayo Franklin (knee) and outside linebacker Bjoern Werner (ankle) are day-to-day ahead of Saturday's playoff game vs. the Chiefs, reports the Indianapolis Star. An MRI on Davis came back negative, Pagano said.
Colts LB Bjoern Werner is questionable to return Week 17.
Werner is listed with an ankle injury. Werner has not been involved in any tackles, but did have a pass defensed.