The Indianapolis Colts opened training camp without any proven depth behind wily veteran running back Frank Gore. That changed on Sunday, when the Colts announced the signing of running back Stevan Ridley Sunday afternoon.
Ridley was recently cut by the Detroit Lions after joining the team in the offseason. He is a former 1,000-yard rusher, but that feels like eons ago. He rushed for 1,263 yards during the 2012 season when he was the featured back for the New England Patriots, but chronic butter fingers lost him favor with the coaching staff. His career in New England was over after he tore an ACL and MCL in 2014.
Ridley wound up with the New York Jets, but spent the first six weeks of the season on the physically unable to perform list. He carried the ball only 36 times for Gang Green last season.
Ridley signed with Detroit in the Lions’ search for tailback depth, but he lost ground on the depth chart while dealing with an unrevealed injury during the early portion of the offseason.
Ridley could compete for carries in Indianapolis as Gore’s backup. Currently, the depth chart features veterans Robert Turbin and Jordan Todman, as well as Illinois rookie Josh Ferguson. Indianapolis ranked 29th in the league in rushing last season.