Future uncertain for former MBA star after getting waived by Colts

Tuesday, August 3, 2010 at 10:10pm

The Indianapolis Colts placed former Montgomery Bell Academy standout Tom Santi on the waived-injured list Tuesday. The tight end was entering into his third season with the Colts.

According to the Indianapolis Star, Santi was waived-injured to make room for first round draft pick Jerry Hughes out of TCU. The nature of the injury was not disclosed by the Colts.

Santi’s agent, Neil Cornrich, said the extent of his injury isn’t clear at this point. He said that Santi is comfortable in Indianapolis but would still be an asset for many teams when recovered.

“I would imagine there would be numerous NFL teams who would have an interest in him when he regains his health,” Cornrich said.

When a player is “waived injured” it means that the team releases the player but acknowledges the player has an injury. The team must continue to pay the player while he remains hurt.

To do so, an injury settlement is usually agreed upon between the two parties. Other teams are allowed to sign players off the waive-injured list. If the player is not picked up, they can still be retained onto the injured reserve of the team that placed them on the waived-injured list.

Santi, who played on MBA’s 2002 and 2003 state championship teams, has struggled with injuries throughout his professional career.

In 2009 he caught 10 passes for 107 yards. But he was put on the injured reserve with back complications after only three appearances. In 2008 as a rookie, Santi started two games (he played in six) before he landed on the injured reserve with shoulder issues.

The zenith of his career thus far occurred during last season’s Week 11 contest at Baltimore. Santi had six receptions for 80 yards (both career-highs) against the Ravens. His lone professional touchdown came against the Houston Texans in 2008.

After graduating from MBA in 2004, Santi was a four-year letterman at the University of Virginia. The Associated Press named Santi Second-Team All ACC his senior season.