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After the Colts waived rookie running back Josh Robinson on Thursday to make room on the roster for Daniel Adongo, many expected Robinson to wind up on the practice squad if he cleared waivers. That is exactly what happened, as the Colts announced on Friday night that they had signed Robinson to their practice squad.
Robinson was drafted by the Colts in the sixth round of this year's NFL Draft out of Mississippi State, and he had a very impressive preseason. He made the 53-man roster out of camp and became the Colts' number two running back after Boom Herron was injured and subsequently waived. Robinson played in five games this year, rushing 17 times for 39 yards and catching six passes for 33 yards. His fumbling issues showed up again, however, and that led to decreased playing time. Indy brought back Ahmad Bradshaw to backup Frank Gore, and in turn Robinson was inactive for the past several games.
It's way too early to describe Robinson as a bust and this shouldn't be viewed as another failure by Ryan Grigson - not yet, at least. Robinson is only a rookie who still has potential, but he absolutely has to hang on to the football. Besides, Frank Gore and Ahmad Bradshaw are an upgrade, and the Colts would rather use Zurlon Tipton as their third running back right now. The Colts signed Robinson to their practice squad because they're not ready to give up on him yet, but they figured that they could continue to work with him while on the practice squad instead of taking up a spot on the active roster.