Each National Football League team had to cut their roster to 75 players by Tuesday and, as indicated in earlier news reports, the Indianapolis Colts placed rookie lineman and Hinesville native Ulrick John on their injured-reserve list.
John, an alum of Bradwell Institute and Georgia State University, made his NFL debut in the Colts’ first preseason game, a 13-10 loss Aug. 7 at the New York Jets. During the game, however, John suffered a broken ankle. Within days, John had surgery and was up and about.
Placing John on IR means he will have the opportunity to recover and compete for a roster spot next season and still be with the team.
John, the 232d overall pick in the 2014 NFL Draft, is the first native of Hinesville to be selected in the event.
In the college-football ranks, former Liberty County running back Shadrach Thornton is listed as second in the depth chart for the North Carolina State University Wolfpack, who open Saturday against Georgia Southern in Raleigh.
Thornton, who led the Pack in rushing the last two seasons, recently was reinstated to the team after a six-month suspension.
Game time is 12:30 p.m. on WGSA (Hinesville cable channel 7) and the Georgia Southern Radio Network, or follow at gseagles.com.
Former Liberty County High School linebacker Raekwon McMillan likely will see action in his first collegiate game as the Ohio State Buckeyes open their season against Navy at noon Saturday in Baltimore, Maryland.
McMillan was highest-ranked linebacker in the nation last year and graduated from LCHS in December with honors to enroll at Ohio State early and participate in spring practice. During his high-school career, he tallied 456 total tackles including 12 for loss and 16.5 sacks.
Ohio State vs. Navy is at noon Saturday on the CBS Sports Network or follow at ohiostatebuckeyes.com.