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Roster Moves: Colts place WR Marcus Johnson on IR and sign WR Dontrelle Inman

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The Colts continue to struggle to keep healthy wide receivers. They have sent Marcus Johnson to IR after he was injured on a blatantly uncalled personal foul in which he was tackled several yards out of bounds. There is not a “good” way to end up on IR, but this one has to sting for Johnson who was robbed of an opportunity by a cheap play.

To replace Johnson and hopefully provide a shot in the arm of a miserably bad receiver group, the Colts have signed veteran receiver Dontrelle Inman. Inman is 6’3” 205lbs, and has played in 49 games in his NFL career. He has played for the Bears and Chargers and has size and experience, which the Colts lack both of in their receiver room.

It is unknown when T.Y. Hilton will be able to return, but Ryan Grant also suffered an ankle injury against the Jets, so depending on Grant’s status, Inman may be asked to step in immediately in an attempt to provide Andrew Luck a warm body to throw to.

The Colts also have added CB D.J. Killings to their practice squad. Given the way they’ve used their practice squad players, he is someone to watch carefully, because the Colts have been pretty liberal with their usage in terms of bringing guys up and putting them in action from the practice squad, either by necessity or in cases where they believe it gives them a matchup advantage.

Killings is 6’0” 185lbs and was a part of the Eagles’ offseason program before being waived during final cuts. He was signed last year by the Patriots as an UDFA. Time spent with two winning organizations is encouraging, though not indicative of his ability. The Colts would be pleased if his story were like that of the last UDFA CB to come their way after signing first with the Patriots. Kenny Moore took just that pathway before being waived and then claimed by the Colts.