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Colts Sign Josh Cribbs, Weslye Saunders; Place Ahmad Bradshaw on Injured Reserve

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The Colts have made a couple of roster moves today, signing return specialist Josh Cribbs and tight end Weslye Saunders while waiving outside linebacker Victor Butler and placing running back Ahmad Bradshaw on season-ending injured reserve.

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The Colts have announced some roster moves this afternoon, though some of them were already expected.  The team announced that they have signed return specialist Josh Cribbs and tight end Weslye Saunders, waived outside linebacker Victor Butler, and placed running back Ahmad Bradshaw on season-ending injured reserve.

The signing of Cribbs was reported by multiple sources earlier in the day, and you can read about the signing here.  The Colts have been looking to upgrade their return game for quite some time now, and Cribbs is signed to do just that.  While we have to keep in mind that he's a 31-year old who likely isn't the same returner as he used to be (when he was among the best in league history), he still is likely better than any option the Colts currently have and could be an added boost to the special teams units.  Again, you can read more about Cribbs - a three time Pro Bowler, two-time first team All-Pro, and member of the NFL All-Decade Team in the 2000s - here.

Saunders was cut by the Colts during final roster cutdowns earlier this year.  He played in 17 games with the Colts in 2012-2013 (starting 5) and caught 6 passes for 61 yards.  His signing is a pretty clear indication that Dwayne Allen won't be ready to play this Sunday with his ankle injury.  It was expected that he might miss a game or two, though he said yesterday that he hopes to play this Sunday.  On his radio show last night, however, Chuck Pagano said that Allen is closer to "week-to-week" and that he might miss a week or two.  The smart route for the Colts is to take it easy, and it seems like that is what they are going to do as they've added another tight end in Saunders.

Bradshaw was injured in Sunday night's loss to the Patriots and he suffered a broken fibula.  It seemed very likely that his season was done, though Chuck Pagano wouldn't confirm it yesterday, as he said that Bradshaw was seeing specialists to determine the extent of the injury and that the Colts had their fingers crossed.  They obviously have enough information now, however, to realize that Bradshaw will miss the entire season, so they have placed him on season-ending injured reserve.  It's a crushing loss for the Colts.

Butler was signed by the Colts on October 6 but only played in two games for the team this year, making three special teams tackles.  In addition to this move, the Colts have added running back Michael Hill to the practice squad and waived wide receiver Eric Thomas from the practice squad.  This move could indicate that Zurlon Tipton, currently on the practice squad, could be called up to the active roster shortly.  The Colts currently only have two running backs active on the 53-man roster in Trent Richardson and Dan Herron, so it's expected that Tipton will be joining them shortly.