LAS VEGAS - NOVEMBER 13: Alvester Alexander #32 of the Wyoming Cowboys takes a handoff from quarterback Austyn Carta-Samuels #5 during their game against the UNLV Rebels at Sam Boyd Stadium November 13 2010 in Las Vegas Nevada. UNLV won 42-16. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay is once again announing roster moves via his twitter account. Tonight came the news that the team had signed free agent running back Alvester Alexander and placed linebacker Scott Lutrus on injured reserve.
Lutrus was injured during Sunday's preseason game against the Rams, and it was revealed yesterday that he suffered a torn ACL and would be lost for the season. He is the third Colt overall and second inside linebacker to be placed on season ending IR already this year (the others being LB A.J. Edds and OL Ben Ijalana). The Colts are thin at linebacker, so I do expect them to add another player there as well.
Alexander was signed after both Delone Carter and Mewelde Moore suffered rib injuries Sunday. I do not think either of them are very serious, but the fact that they signed another back means that they will miss some time. That is understandable, considering this is only preseason. Alexander was originally signed as an undrafted free agent this offseason by the Chicago Bears, but was released during the summer. The 5-11, 208 pound back played college ball at the University of Wyoming for three seasons. Mountain West Connection had this to say about Alexander after he announced he was leaving early for the NFL (because he is trying to raise money for his family and his father, who has medical issues):
One thing that Alexander has going for him is his speed where he was clocked at a 4.39 and he is a versatile back who can catch the ball. To make a team Alexander will likely have to play special teams to make a NFL roster.
Alexander is likely just a guy who will get some practice reps while Carter and Moore heal up. But as we know, in the NFL, anything can happen.