Sunday in Cincinnati, RB/KR Chris Rainey left the game with an ankle injury. This morning, after an MRI, the Colts have placed him on Injured Reserve.
In Rainey’s place, the team signed free agent running back Tashard Choice.
From the Colts’ press release:
Choice, 5-10, 210 pounds, has played in 85 career games (four starts) with the Dallas Cowboys (2008-2011), Washington Redskins (2011) and Buffalo Bills (2011-13). He holds career totals of 361 rushing attempts for 1,535 yards and 10 touchdowns, along with 80 receptions for 569 yards. In 12 games with Buffalo this season, Choice rushed for 126 yards on 35 carries and caught four passes for 10 yards. As a rookie in 2008, he played in all 16 games (three starts) and totaled career highs of 92 rushing attempts for 472 yards and 21 receptions for 185 yards.
Rainey appeared in two games for the Colts this season and totaled six kickoff returns for 131 yards (21.8 avg.) and four punt returns for 29 yards (7.3 avg.). He was originally signed by the team on November 20, 2013.
Choice was Adrian Peterson’s backup at Oklahoma in 2004 before transferring to Georgia Tech and rushing for 3539 yards and 28 touchdowns in three seasons, two as a starter. The former All-ACC and ACC All-Academic Team honoree had his best NFL seasons in his first two years with the Dallas Cowboys, when he averaged 5.2 yards per carry before dropping to 3.7 ypc in 2010.
Since then, he has been used sparingly, carrying the ball just 13 times for three different teams in 2011 before landing in Buffalo last year.
Choice, now the Colts’ third running back (not counting fullbacks), is not known as a returner, which means either Cassius Vaughn, who filled in for Rainey on Sunday, or LaVon Brazill will take over on kick returns, while either Brazill or T.Y. Hilton look like the most likely punt returners.
Is there any NFL rule on how injured a player must be to be put on IR? It seems like it's being done pretty liberally. I think a few guys sneezed twice and were put on IR.
I know it's a way to bring in fresh guys and this late in the season it's a smart practice. You don't want another team to pick up a guy that you released in a couple weeks when he heals up. But it seems like more and more guys go to IR every year.
hahaa. Start your morning off right with some great coffee, or just pretty good with a cup of Tashard Choice, the official coffee of Motel 6, available at all Dollar General locations.
Late in the season, teams are allowed a lot of slack, moderate ankle sprain = out 2-3 weeks = IR. Players on the fringes of NFL employment get a few week's paychecks and one more shot. Pollian was right though, there is a big penalty for a player getting hurt in the last game of the season or during the playoffs.
@rogcohen Awesome! Trying to figure out how to phrase a "not his own" joke... "He fumbled the ball... not his own." Meh. Fumbling is not our problem. Much like the team, I have to work on this (to perfect insulting my own team) before the playoffs... As they say in Seattle, this stadium goes to eleven.
They called it an ankle during the game, but apparently, he broke a bone in his leg. Must've been down low near his ankle.
Gentlemen, I applaud your fine ode to Spinal Tap! Songs about or team would be on the Smell the Glove album, aka the Black album. "It's like, 'how much more black could this be?' and the answer is 'None. None more black.'"