INDIANAPOLIS - The Indianapolis Colts will not pay the balance of defensive tackle Corey Simon’s salary — about $2 million, team owner Jim Irsay told a newspaper Friday.
Simon, who has not practiced or played since injuring his left knee the first full week of training camp, was placed on the National Football League’s non-football injury list Thursday. The team said it was because of illness, not injury, but cited federal privacy laws for not disclosing the sickness.
Irsay told The Indianapolis Star that the team would not pay the balance of Simon’s base salary.
The Associated Press left a message with the Colts seeking comment on the report.
The Colts already have paid Simon about $14 million since he signed a five-year, $30 million contract before the 2005 season. He counts about $5.5 million against the salary cap this season, which Irsay said would not be affected.
Coach Tony Dungy said the team plans to scan the waiver wires and rotate its defensive line to fill in for the 6-foot-2, 325-pound tackle.
“You always look at the waiver wire,” he said. “But it’s not something that we’re going to say that we’re going to get another tackle. We like the guys we have.”
Indianapolis’ interior defensive line rotation likely will include veterans Montae Reagor, Raheem Brock and Dan Klecko, along with youngsters Darrell Reid and Vincent Burns.
“Our philosophy has always been whenever something like that happens with any position, the guys that are well and healthy have to step up and do the job,” Dungy said. “And I think that’s the way everybody’s looking at it.”
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