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Colts Roster Moves: Donald Brown To IR, Team Re-Signs Mewelde Moore

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Colts make a flurry of roster moves today to shore up their decimated running back position.

Matthew Stockman

In Sunday's win over the Titans, the Colts lost running backs Delone Carter (ankle) and Robert Hughes (knee) in the game. They came into the game minus Donald Brown, who was dealing with an ankle injury from the Buffalo Bills Detroit Lions game. This left rookie Vick Ballard as the only healthy, available running back to close out the game. Not good.

Today, the Colts made some roster moves to ensure Ballard does not get run into the ground.

  • Donald Brown and Robert Hughes were placed on injured reserve. Their seasons are over
  • Running backs Deji Karim and Mewelde Moore were both re-signed. Karim played for the Colts in preseason, but was cut prior to the team needing to finalize their 53-man roster. Moore was released back on October 29th
  • Practice squad moves involved releasing Alvester Alexander and placing guard Justin Anderson on the practice squad IR
  • Running back Davin Meggett, son of former-Giants great Dave Meggett, was signed to the practice squad

The big name in all those moves is Brown. He was drafted in the first round of the 2009 NFL Draft, and he's disappointed throughout much of his career. This year he was, yet again, benched in favor of another player. Vick Ballard supplanted him as the "work horse" back even though we'd been told all preseason that Brown was the guy.

With Brown landing on IR, his career with the Colts looks done. He was good this season as a nice, change-of-pace back, but his inability to consistently block on passing downs made him a liability. He doesn't look to be in Indy's long-term plans even though he has one year remaining on his rookie contract. Brown finishes the season with 417 yards rushing and a 3.9 yards-per-carry average.

Mewelde Moore's return likely means he will see more playing time over Delone Carter, who the Colts seem to only want to use in short yardage and goal line situations. Carter still seems to have fumbling issues. He nearly lost the football this past Sunday against the Titans.