One day after being cut by the Ravens, offensive lineman A. Q. Shipley found a home with the Colts, who announced they had claimed Shipley off waivers Sunday.
Shipley started eight games at left guard for the Ravens last season after Kelechi Osemele had season-ending back surgery. However, Osemele has returned healthy, and Shipley was beaten out for a backup offensive line spot with the Ravens. In addition to starters Osemele, Eugene Monroe (left tackle), Jeremy Zuttah (center), Marshal Yanda (right guard), and Rick Wagner (right tackle), the Ravens kept backup linemen Gino Gradkowski, James Hurst, Jah Reid, and John Urschel.
Shipley played for the Colts before the Ravens traded for him in 2013. The Colts may need Shipley to play right away. Starting center Khaled Holmes injured his ankle during preseason, and it remained uncertain if he would be ready for the Colts’ Week 1 opener against the Broncos.
The Colts also plan to start a rookie, Jack Mewhort, at left guard. But Shipley’s versatility and familiarity with the Colts’ system should allow him to fill in quickly if needed.
Meanwhile, Shipley will see the Ravens again when they visit the Colts in Week 5 (Oct. 5).