In the last preseason game of the year, Colts running back Boom Herron injured his shoulder on a kickoff return. The injury was going to take a few weeks to heal, and so instead of carrying an injured backup running back on their active roster, the Colts waived-injured Herron, and then after he cleared waivers, they released him from their injured reserve with an injury settlement.
It sounds like Herron is now healthy and thus was free to work out with teams, and he was visiting the New England Patriots yesterday before visiting the Buffalo Bills today. The Bills had several running backs in today, including Herron and another former Colt, Trent Richardson. In the end, the Bills were most impressed with Herron and signed him to a contract after the workout.
The Bills needed help at running back due to the fact that the top two players on their depth chart, LeSean McCoy and Karlos Williams, are both dealing with injuries. Herron joins backs Boobie Dixon and Cierre Wood as the depth at the position for the Bills while the top two players are out.
Last year with the Colts, Herron played in all 19 games (including playoffs) and started six of them, rushing for 521 yards and three touchdowns while averaging 4.2 yards per carry. He also contributed by catching 41 passes for 301 yards, averaging 7.3 yards per reception. After Ahmad Bradshaw was injured, Herron really had to step up and become the team's change of pace back, and by the end of the season and into the playoffs, he was their starter. He did a good job with the Colts and would have been very useful for Indy this year, but his injury put the team in a tough spot and they decided to part ways with him.
The Bills need help at running back, and Herron could provide that. Hopefully, he makes the most of the chances he receives in Buffalo just like he did in Indianapolis.