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Colts Make Roster Moves

The Colts have made a few roster moves today, signing running back Davin Meggett, placing linebacker Aaron Morgan on injured reserve, and waiving offensive tackle Jack Breckner.

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The Colts have made a couple of roster moves today in their efforts to both replace injured guys and continue to improve their roster.  The Colts today signed running back Davin Meggett and placed linebacker Aaron Morgan on injured reserve, and then later today the team waived offensive tackle Jack Breckner.  The team's roster currently stands at 88 players on their 90 man roster, and that is with Vick Ballard still on the active roster.

Meggett spent some time on the Colts practice squad in 2012 and in training camp in 2013, but was then waived.  He was originally signed as an undrafted free agent by the Houston Texans out of Maryland, where he rushed for 2,469 yards and 18 touchdowns in 50 games (17 starts).

Morgan was signed by the Colts to a reserve/futures contract on December 31, 2013 and has spent time with both the Jacksonville Jaguars and Tampa Bay Buccaneers, playing in 18 career NFL games.  It's unclear what Morgan's injury is, as there wasn't really an indication of it earlier, but either way he was placed on injured reserve this morning.

Lastly, this afternoon the Colts waived tackle Jack Breckner, who they signed as an undrafted free agent out of the Arena Football League this past February.  He has also played in the Indoor Football League and the Ultimate Indoor Football League.  He was a 6-9, 328 pound rookie and while the size initially might catch some attention, the reality is that the Colts are set at tackle with their starters and are choosing to focus on other people as the backup candidates.

With these roster moves, there are two notable things we see: 1) there are more coming, and 2) the Colts didn't replace Vick Ballard.  Sure, they signed a running back, but Davin Meggett wasn't signed to be the replacement to Ballard, and quite honestly he probably won't beat out Dan Herron, Chris Rainey, or Zurlon Tipton.  I wrote earlier this morning about how the best options for the Colts to replace Ballard seem to be those three in-house options, and this roster move strongly suggests that the Colts feel the same way.   As my friend Tom James put it,

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>By adding Davin Meggett to the roster, Colts brass show they like what they already have in Rchardson, Bradshaw, Rainey, Herron, Tipton.</p>&mdash; Tom James (@TribStarTJames) <a href="https://twitter.com/TribStarTJames/statuses/493370823840129024">July 27, 2014</a></blockquote>

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There are more roster moves coming, certainly.  The Colts currently have two open roster spots, and they'll gain another whenever they place Vick Ballard on IR.  If Stanley Havili is getting close to being ready to come back from the PUP list (and I have no idea if he is, I'm just throwing this possibility out there), then that could be one of them (though, again, I've heard nothing about his return coming soon, I'm just throwing it out there and hoping).  Either way, more roster moves are coming for the Colts, but what these moves show us is that they're comfortable rolling with Herron, Rainey, and Tipton as competition to replace Vick Ballard.