Colts Place Hart on Injured Reserve, Acquire Two Running Backs
INDIANAPOLIS – A day after acquiring a defensive tackle via trade, the Colts announced more roster moves Wednesday morning.
Wednesday's moves focused on the running back position.
Mike Hart, a rookie sixth-round selection from the University of Michigan, was placed on injured reserve with a knee injury, the club announced Wednesday, and the team signed two running backs – Chad Simpson and Clifton Dawson – who have spent extensive time with the team.
Simpson, who signed with the team as a rookie free agent shortly after the 2008 NFL Draft, had been on the Colts' practice squad this season. Dawson, who signed with the Colts as an undrafted free agent after the 2007 NFL Draft, spent time with the Colts and Bengals last season.
Dawson also had been with the Colts in training camp this season.
The moves came a day after the Colts traded an undisclosed draft selection to the Buffalo Bills for defensive tackle John McCargo, a third-year NFL veteran and former first-round draft selection.
The club also released defensive tackle LaJuan Ramsey and cornerback Nick Graham, the former of whom was signed last month and the latter whom was signed last week.
Also on Wednesday, the Colts announced that veteran linebacker Tyjuan Hagler – who spent the first six weeks of the season on the Physically Unable to Perform list – will begin practice Wednesday while guard Ryan Lilja – also on PUP for the first six weeks – will not begin practice.
The Colts also signed running back Lance Ball (5-feet-9, 220 pounds) to the practice squad. He played collegiately at Maryland.