Colts Send Ben Ijalana And Eric Foster To IR, Also Sign Michael Toudouze, Quinn Ojinnaka, & Ricardo Mathews

Looks like the sources for the Indianapolis Star were correct. Paul Kuharsky of ESPN is tweeting that rookie second round pick Ben Ijalana is done for 2011. He has been placed on Injured Reserve along with defensive tackle Eric Foster.

To replace Ijalana, the Colts have (once again) brought back Michael Toudouze. Toudouze has been cut and re-signed and cut again more times than I can count. He was drafted in 2006, along with Charlie Johnson. You all remember CJ, right? Why'd the Colts let him walk again?

Indy also promoted Ricardo Mathews, DT, from the practice squad to replace Eric Foster and signed Quinn Ojinnaka, a six-year veteran who played for the Atlanta Falcons from 2006-2009. He was on the New England Patriots roster last year.

Signing Ojinnaka suggests that rookie first round pick Anthony Castonzo could be out a little while. To make room for him, the Colts did not do the obvious and IR Peyton Manning. Instead, they cut Nate Triplett.

So, that's now two defensive captains and two key reserves on IR. Once again, Peyton Manning might as well be on IR, and really should be there at this point. If the Colts are seriously considering bringing him back and playing him this year, there are no words for that kind idiocy and hypocrisy. If the Colts were so adamant about protecting Manning's health in 2009 by resting him and other starters because the late-season games were 'meaningless,' I don't see how, with a straight face, they can sell to the league and fans that having Manning play this year is meaningful.

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