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Running back Ben Tate - who many wondered if the Colts would be interested in - was claimed by the Vikings on the waiver wire.

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The Colts, needing help at running back, lost out on Ben Tate on waivers, as he was claimed by the Minnesota Vikings, according to multiple reports (first by ESPN's Field Yates):

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Source: the Vikings have claimed RB Ben Tate.</p>&mdash; Field Yates (@FieldYates) <a href="https://twitter.com/FieldYates/status/535177609991421953">November 19, 2014</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script>

It's unknown whether the Colts actually put in a waiver claim for the running back (the NFL doesn't release that information anymore), but there were reports last night suggesting that the team was interested.  At the same time, however, it was expected that someone ahead of the Colts in the waiver wire would claim him - which is exactly what happened.

Tate, who opened the season as the starting running back for the Browns, was released on Tuesday.  He played in 8 games for Cleveland in 2014, rushing for 333 yards and 4 touchdowns on 106 carries (3.1 yards per carry).  He did have a 100-yard rushing performance this year, however, as he totaled 124 yards on the ground in week five against the Titans.  Prior to Cleveland this year, he spent the past four seasons with the Houston Texans.

With the Colts not getting Tate (and we're not even sure whether they put in a waiver claim for him), it leaves a gap on their roster at the running back spot.  Ahmad Bradshaw is out for the year with a broken fibula, leaving the Colts with just two running backs on the 53-man roster in Trent Richardson and Dan Herron.  Today, Richardson missed practice with an illness.  The Colts will surely add a running back, and I think now we should expect them to promote Zurlon Tipton from the practice squad to the active roster.  The team signed running back Michael Hill to their practice squad yesterday in a move that I think was made in preparation for promoting Tipton, but the team was waiting to see how the waiver wire played out.  Since the Colts didn't sign a back, I expect Tipton to be promoted to fill the role of the third running back for Indianapolis - while still not ruling out the possibility of a free agent signing.