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Colts re-sign starting linebacker Morris

INDIANAPOLIS (June 14, 2005) -- The Indianapolis Colts have re-signed free agent Rob Morris, their starting middle linebacker the past four seasons.

Morris, the Colts' first-round draft pick in 2000, became an unrestricted free agent after this past season.

Morris, who played primarily on running downs, was the Colts' third-leading tackler last season. While he was without a contract, he missed the team's minicamp in May and summer school workouts, which ended last week.

He is expected to compete with Gary Brackett, his backup the past two seasons, for the starting spot. Brackett worked with the Colts' first-team defense throughout the May and June practices.

"I think I made the fewest mistakes last year," Morris said. "I made a few plays, but I'd really like the opportunity to play a little bit more, so I'll work for that and compete and hopefully get that opportunity."

The Associated Press News Service

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