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Roster Moves: Colts sign S Mike Mitchell, waive CB Lenzy Pipkins

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The Colts are making more roster moves, and again it seems like injuries might be the driving factor. They have signed veteran safety Mike Mitchell to the roster and have yet again waived cornerback Lenzy Pipkins.

Mitchell is 6’1”, 221lbs, and has played in 137 NFL games. At 31 years old, he will be one of the oldest players on the roster and comes with both significant playing experience, and a reputation among football fans as being a “dirty” player. He will provide a veteran presence in the back of the Colts defense and is somewhat atypical of the kind of player Chris Ballard has generally brought in.

Pipkins finds himself looking for work yet again, as the Colts have treated him much like a yo-yo this season. Arriving in Indianapolis via the trade with Green Bay which sent Antonio Morrison to them, Pipkins has been back and forth from the practice squad and active roster, getting playing time on Thursday against New England in which he had 9 tackles. It is a safe bet that if he clears waivers, he will find his way back to the Colts’ practice squad.

The concerning thing about this move is what it says about the Colts’ safety position. Both Clayton Geathers and Matthias Farley left the game Thursday with injuries, Geathers specifically with a concussion and neck injury. That has been the predominate issue for Geathers with staying healthy and it is certainly no small thing to see that he is dealing with it again.

Neck injuries are a big deal, and the style that Geathers plays makes it inevitable that this will be a recurring problem. We have not yet received news that says definitively that this is the reason for this particular move, but with two safeties out and a starter seemingly having re-aggravated a preexisting injury, it seems likely.