Reynolds failed Colts' physical

Originally Published: July 14, 2004
By Len Pasquarelli | ESPN.com

The dismal tenure of former first-round defensive end Jamal Reynolds in Green Bay ended in even more ignominious fashion Wednesday than originally thought: He was released after the Indianapolis Colts voided last week's trade with the Packers.

Dealt to the Colts last Thursday for a conditional seventh-round pick in next year's draft, Reynolds failed his physical exam with Indianapolis and the Colts voided the deal, essentially sending the three-year veteran back to Green Bay.

The Packers then released Reynolds outright, making him a free agent able to sign with any other team. There could be some interest in Reynolds, but the fact the Colts did not pass him on the physical certainly will not escape notice, although NFL clubs are very subjective about standards for player exams.

Before last week's trade, it was believed that two or three other teams, notably the Bears, would have claimed Reynolds had he been placed on waivers. It is believed the Colts were concerned about Reynolds' past knee problems.

In his three years with Green Bay, the former Florida State player appeared in only 18 games, starting none. Projected as a player who would eventually emerge as a double-digit sack threat at the NFL level, Reynolds was the 10th overall player taken in the 2001 draft. But he never came close to fulfilling his potential with the Packers, in part because of injuries, but also because he seemed to lack the tools requisite to being a consistent pass rusher off the edge.

Reynolds, 25, was beset by knee injuries in both 2001 and 2002. But even when healthy last season, he appeared in a career-low five games. For his career, Reynolds has just 17 tackles, three sacks and two forced fumbles.

Colts coaches believed Reynolds might be able to salvage his career in their defensive scheme, which is based on quickness. Reynolds' older brother, Diron Reynolds, is a defensive aide with the Colts, and it was thought he might be a positive influence. But whatever physical problems Indianapolis team doctors discerned, Colts officials decided they did not want to gamble with them.

In college, Reynolds was part of the Seminoles' national championship team during his junior season and won the prestigious Lombardi Award as a senior. A two-year starter, he finished his career with 23 sacks, fourth most in Florida State history.

Len Pasquarelli is a senior writer for ESPN.com.

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