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Colts Bring Back RB Deji Karim, Waive RB Davin Meggett

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The Indianapolis Colts today signed running back Deji Karim and waived running back Davin Meggett.


The Colts have made a minor roster move this morning after the incredible loss last night, but it really doesn't have much to do with last night's performance at all.

In a move that is certainly going to spark some feelings of deja vu, the Colts signed running back Deji Karim.  The back has appeared in 33 career games in four NFL seasons, carrying the ball 110 times for 341 yards and also catching 18 passes for 129 yards.  He has really made his mark in kickoff returns, however, bringing back 91 in his career for 2,332 yards for an average return of 25.6, good for fourth-best in the AFC and eleventh-best in the NFL over the past four years.  In 2012 with the Colts, Karim played in three games and returned 9 kickoffs, averaging 36.4 yards per return, including a 101-yarder in week 17 against the Houston Texans in Chuck Pagano's return to the sidelines.  Before coming to the Colts the first time, he spent time with the Jacksonville Jaguars and then after his stint with the Colts in 2012, he played in seven games for the Houston Texans - meaning he's been around the AFC South a bit.

To make room for Karim, the Colts waived running back Davin Meggett, who spent some time on the team's practice squad near the end of last season and who the Colts brought back this offseason shortly after training camp began.  He was signed after Vick Ballard went down with an injury but was shortly injured himself and therefore missed significant practice time and hadn't done much since signing with the Colts.

While it's a minor roster move, I like it for the Colts.  Meggett wasn't doing much and while Karim won't come in and supplant Dan Herron or Zurlon Tipton on the running back depth chart, he'll likely get an opportunity in the return game.