The Indianapolis Colts are expected to sign former University of Illinois safety Ashante Williams if he passes a physical according to a source familiar with the negotiations.

The 5-9 195-pounder split his time between linebacker and safety at Illinois breaking into the starting lineup full time in 2012 with 78 tackles 2.5 for losses 1.5 sacks 5 passes broken up and an interception.

The Colts have been hit by injuries at safety with LaRon Landry (knee) Sergio Brown (hamstring) and Joe Lefeged (undisclosed) potentially missing Sunday’s preseason opener against the Buffalo Bills at 1:30 p.m. Sunday.