The Indianapolis Colts tonight made another roster move, placing running back Christine Michael on injured reserve and signing running back Troymaine Pope.
Michael was injured during yesterday’s practice, as he collided with safety Tyson Graham, stayed down on the field, and was helped off the field by trainers. The Colts were pretty impressed with Michael this offseason since they signed him a few weeks ago, and they were excited to see what he could do as a change-of-pace back. Unfortunately, however, the injury yesterday must have been pretty significant, which resulted in him being placed on IR.
The guy the Colts signed to take Michael’s spot on the roster, Troymaine Pope, has played in four career NFL games and has rushed 12 times for 44 yards. He was originally signed by the Seattle Seahawks as an undrafted free agent out of Jacksonville State last offseason, but he was waived during final cuts. The New York Jets claimed him off of waivers and he was active with them for the first eight games. After he was cut by the Jets mid-season, however, the Seahawks signed him again - first to their practice squad and then later to their active roster. Seattle re-signed him this offseason but he was cut at the end of May.
For the Colts, the unfortunate part of this is that they placed a guy on IR who was likely to seriously compete for a roster spot and signed a guy who seems like a longshot of making it. But they keep some competition at running back by adding Pope to see what he can do.