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Colts bring back safety Alden Darby

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Earlier today, the Indianapolis Colts made some roster moves to get below the 75 player limit, actually cutting one more player than they needed to so as to create an open roster spot. That spot didn’t remain open for long, however, as the team signed safety Alden Darby this evening.

It’s an interesting move because Darby was just cut two days ago as the Colts made their first wave of roster cuts. So it’s strange now to see a guy who was cut two days ago to create roster space now brought back. I have two guesses as to why the move might have happened, but I want to make clear that they’re just guesses. It could be that the Colts weren’t fully aware of the extent of safety Dezmen Southward’s injury on Sunday, but today they placed him on IR. That meant they needed another safety, so they brought back a familiar face in Darby so that he can play on Thursday (since he knows the system). Another possibility is that the Colts put in a waiver claim for someone but didn’t get him, so they needed to fill the open roster spot with someone else.

Darby was originally signed by the Colts two weeks ago after he was waived by the New Orleans Saints, who he spent the offseason with. He also spent most of the 2015 season on the Saints’ practice squad after participating in the offseason program and training camp with the Pittsburgh Steelers. In 2014, he was with the San Diego Chargers for the offseason and camp after being signed as an undrafted free agent out of Arizona State.