Whalen has appeared in six games for the Colts this season, and this marks his third different time on the active roster this season. He has caught 9 passes for 102 yards this season. Brown played in five games for the Colts since being signed as a free agent on October 22, and he made 2 solo tackles and a special teams tackle. His playing time was limited and pretty much exclusively special teams.
The move to promote Whalen is one that was discussed yesterday and makes sense, given the uncertainty surrounding LaVon Brazill's status on Sunday. Brazill missed practice this week and had a boot on his foot after being stepped on in last Sunday's game and suffering an injury. He was officially listed as questionable on the Colts' injury report Friday and as of the time of publication of this article, there had been no changes to the injury report either.
Chuck Pagano said yesterday that adding a player - like Griff Whalen - would be a decision that would be made when they knew for sure about Brazill's status. Given that information, it's possible that they already know, but as I mentioned yesterday, just because they signed Whalen does not automatically rule out Brazill for Sunday's game. It might just mean that the Colts still aren't comfortable with four wide receivers (T.Y. Hilton, Darrius Heyward-Bey, Da'Rick Rogers, and Brazill), especially given the fact that one of them missed practice this week with a foot injury. It could just be insurance for the Colts.
That said, it does seem rather unlikely that LaVon Brazill will play this week, and I wouldn't expect him to. Nothing official yet, but the Colts did promote Griff Whalen today, the latest indication that perhaps LaVon Brazill will miss this Sunday's game against the Houston Texans.