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In Side Lines, Bill Beck offers observations, quips and queries about Elkhart County sports, often heavy on high school football and Notre Dame. Now and then, he puts a twisted spin on a variety of hot topics.

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Nathan Palmer, Colts will engage in an open relationship for now

Nathan Palmer and the Colts are opening up their relationship.

Posted on Sept. 3, 2013 at 1:00 a.m. | Updated on Sept. 3, 2013 at 12:42 p.m.

CHICAGO – Relationships can get complicated now and then. Nathan Palmer is finding that out.

Right now, Palmer’s relationship with the Indianapolis Colts is definitely up in the air, though both sides are remaining positive and still talking.

Palmer, an Elkhart native, was hoping 2013 would be his first full season with the Colts, but a knee injury against the Browns during an Aug. 24 preseason game changed the playing field. On Monday, Sept. 2, Palmer was released from the injured reserve list following a waiver injury settlement.

What that means is this: Palmer is still getting part of his salary and the franchise is picking up the bill for his rehabilitation, both pretty important items. The former Elkhart Central and Northern Illinois wide receiver is technically under the team’s umbrella for the next four weeks. After Week 4, Palmer has a six-week window where he can sign with any other NFL team other than Indianapolis.

After Week 10, if Palmer is not already signed, the Colts can re-sign him.

“I’ve already had four teams contact me in the last 24 hours, but my agent doesn’t want me to say which teams,” Palmer said from Chicago on Tuesday morning. Palmer also said he was still working out at the Colts’ facilities in Indianapolis and that he has had conversations with Indy GM Ryan Grigson and twice with wide receivers coach Charlie Williams.

“The vibe I got when I walked out of the building was they wanted me there. They asked me I wanted to rehab there, but I’ve done rehab work before in Chicago and chose to go there,” Palmer said. “They just told me to keep my head up, work on staying in shape so I can hit the ground rolling."

Palmer said he’s come to peace with the business of the NFL and understood the team needed to have a healthy 53-man roster available when they open the season Sunday at home against Oakland.

He also knows he can’t put all of his NFL eggs in the Colts’ basket and that he’ll prepare himself for what comes next.

“They stressed to me that I was a guy who fit into their plan of making the 53-man roster. It was a business move for them,” Palmer said. “It’s a crazy, unpredictable league.”


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