When the Colts waived linebacker Monte Simmons on Monday in order to open up a roster spot, the assumption by pretty much everyone (myself included) was that they'd sign a wide receiver. Darrius Heyward-Bey reportedly has a Grade I+ MCL sprain, and while Chuck Pagano designated the sprain as "not serious," there is no timetable for DHB's return, which would imply that the injury is indeed "serious" enough for him to miss practices at training camp.
However, lost in the shuffle of injury news was rookie fullback Dan Moore. He hurt his shoulder on Sunday during practice, and he was seen Monday by our own Josh Wilson with his arm in a sling.
With only Stanley Havili on the roster to work at fullback during practices, the Colts opted to bring back Robert Hughes, a player they had on the roster last season. In 2012, he suited up in six games, starting one of them.
If anyone out there was still skeptical about how important the Colts view the fullback position in Pep Hamilton's new offense, signing Hughes should crystallize things a bit. For a team that doesn't have much quality depth outside Reggie Wayne and T.Y. Hilton at the wide receiver position, they opted instead to bring in a fullback to fill their 90th roster spot.
The Colts had released Hughes back on May 1st after they had spent a mint on nine veteran free agents, such as LaRon Landry and Gosder Cherilus. His only carry of 2012 cam during the Colts's Week 11 blowout loss to the Patriots.
Hughes went undrafted out of Notre Dame in 2011, and has spent time on the Bears, Buccaneers, and that team in Washington with the racist name (yep, I went there).