John Boyett is back in the NFL.
The Denver Broncos announced Tuesday that they signed Boyett, a safety who is from Napa, to their practice squad.
Boyett (5-foot-10, 203 pounds) is a rookie from the University of Oregon who was drafted by the Indianapolis Colts in the sixth round (192nd overall) of the 2013 NFL Draft.
The Colts waived Boyett, a former Napa High School and Oregon star, from the reserve/non-football injury list on Sept. 3. He was arrested in Indianapolis on Sept. 2 after he allegedly tried to run away from police, according to an Associated Press report, which added that he was facing charges of public intoxication, resisting arrest and disorderly conduct.
Boyett apologized to police and the Colts organization on Twitter.
“I want to apologize to Mr. (Jim) Irsay, the Indianapolis Colts organization and the Indianapolis police,” Boyett wrote on Twitter. “The Colts gave me an opportunity and I blew it. My behavior didn’t and doesn’t represent who I am. I am deeply embarrassed and disappointed in myself. All I can do now is learn from it and never repeat it. I look forward to showing my true character in the future.”
Boyett did not practice with the Colts because of injuries to both knees. Injuries kept him out of all but one game last year for Oregon.
An All-Pac 12 Conference performer for the Ducks, he played in 40 career games (35 starts) and totaled 278 tackles (182 solo), 10 interceptions and 30 passes defensed.
On Tuesday, the Broncos also signed safety Michael Huff to their active roster and placed safety Rahim Moore on injured reserve-designated for return. Moore can resume practicing with the team in six weeks (Dec. 31) and is eligible to play in eight weeks (Jan. 14).
Boyett had season-ending surgeries on both knees to repair partial tears of both patellar tendons following Oregon’s 2012 opener. Dr. Neal ElAttrache, an orthopedic surgeon at the Kerlan-Jobe Orthopaedic Clinic in Los Angeles, performed the surgeries. Boyett made the decision to have the surgeries after consulting with five doctors.
He played in Oregon’s season opener last year, making two tackles and intercepting a pass in the Ducks’ win over Arkansas State.
He started all four years for Oregon and in 2009 became the school’s first freshman to lead the Ducks in tackles since defensive records were first consistently accumulated in 1969.
Boyett was not able to run or do or any on-field work at the NFL scouting combine in Indianapolis in February. However, he finished second among all safeties with 27 reps in the 225-pound bench press at the combine, which is attended by coaches, general managers, scouts and player personnel executives from all 32 NFL teams. The combine also includes team interviews, media interviews, measurements and medical examinations.
He was medically cleared and looked sharp at his pro day at Napa Memorial Stadium in April. He ran a 4.57 time in the 40-yard dash and impressed scouts from eight NFL teams with his footwork, cutting, pass catching, speed and overall talent during a 45-minute workout that focused on different drills.
He was a team leader and one of the top defensive backs in Oregon football history.
Boyett earned All-Pac-12 first-team honors by Phil Steele and was a second-team selection by the Pac-12 coaches as a junior in 2011. He was also an All-America honorable mention selection by Pro Football Weekly.
At Napa High, he received first-team all-state accolades from CalHiSports.com and four-star acclaim by Scout.com, Northern California Player of the Year honors by GoldenStatePreps.com, and EA Sports second-team All-America.
He ran for 144 yards and three touchdowns while completing 8 of 15 passes for 159 yards and a TD to lead Napa to the CIF Sac-Joaquin Section Division I championship over St. Mary’s of Stockton, 38-36.