The Indianapolis Colts have officially placed running back Robert Turbin on Injured Reserve and elevated running back Josh Ferguson to the active roster from the practice squad.
Turbin gruesomely injured his elbow last week on Monday Night Football against the Tennessee Titans. He was putting together a second consecutive stellar season as a short-yardage back, having converted on 7-of-7 runs from 3rd-and-1 this year after converting 5-of-5 in 2016, according to Mike Chappell of CBS4. Turbin and Atlanta Falcons running back Devonta Freeman are the only two with perfect marks over the last two seasons.
Turbin also served as the Colts’ primary third-down back, as he was also among the league’s best pass protectors. Now, those duties fall on Frank Gore and rookie Marlon Mack. Matt Jones is also on the roster, but he and Ferguson are more insurance behind Gore and Mack than anything else.
Thus far in 2017, Turbin has 23 carries for 53 yards (2.3 avg) for 1 touchdown and 9 catches for 56 yards (6.2 avg).
Ferguson (5-10, 205, 24) was signed as an undrafted free agent by the Colts last spring. He was hyped-up quite a bit but failed to live up to expectations. Still, he saw action in all 16 games last year, getting 35 touches for 156 yards (4.5 avg) on offense and 4 kickoff returns for 80 yards. Ferguson was waived during preseason roster cuts this summer but was brought back this week following Turbin’s injury.