Colts Update: Robert Hughes Signed; Griff Whalen Waived; LaVon Brazill is Back

Mike DiNovo-US PRESSWIRE

The Colts made a roster move today, signing FB Robert Hughes and waiving WR Griff Whalen. Also of note, WR LaVon Brazill returns from his four-game suspension today.

We already mentioned how the Colts' first round draft pick, outside linebacker Bjoern Werner, will miss 4-6 weeks with a torn planter fascia, but that wasn't the only injury update provided by Chuck Pagano today.

Also of note is that fullback Stanley Havili's MRI on his ankle was negative and that he is day to day.  Although, really, day to day with the Colts doesn't really mean anything other than it's not a huge injury.  In no way does it mean that Havili will be back this week, although it leaves the door open to that possibility.

More telling than Pagano labeling him as day to day was the fact that the Colts made a roster move to sign a fullback.  They brought back Robert Hughes, who was with the team last year and in camp this year.  In the final preseason game this year against the Bengals, Hughes carried the ball 5 times for 30 yards and caught 3 passes for 24 yards.  The signing makes sense, as he is familiar with the system and can step in nicely should Havili not be ready to go.  Even if he is healthy, though, the signing provides depth in the case another injury would happen.

The corresponding move to make room for Hughes makes sense also.  The team waived wide receiver Griff Whalen, who had an impressive preseason but didn't really do anything to force the Colts to keep him around.  All along we thought he was on a four week period of sorts to try to stick on the team long term, and he didn't do much in very limited opportunities.  I wouldn't be surprised if someone picks him up, but if not, I wouldn't be surprised to see him wind up on the Colts practice squad either.

The reason Whalen was on the roster in the first place was at least in part due to the suspension of receiver LaVon Brazill.  Not to take anything away from Whalen's phenomenal camp and preseason, but Brazill was clearly the team's fourth option at receiver, but he made dumb choices and violated the league's substance abuse policy, getting him suspended for the first four games.

He's back now, though, and is now eligible to practice.  He currently has a one week waiver exemption, meaning that no corresponding roster move is necessary yet, and Pagano said they will evaluate where he is at after this week.  So even though he doesn't officially take Whalen's spot on the roster (as Hughes did that), he does in every other way and will step into Whalen's role.

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