It’s not that the Indianapolis Colts necessarily need another running back, but they’re giving undrafted rookie Abou Toure a chance.
The University of Tennessee-Martin rusher signed Sunday with the Colts, who waived outside linebacker Terrell Hartsfield.
It’s fair to say the Colts are deep at running back. Frank Gore, San Francisco’s all-time leading rusher, signed a three-year contract during free agency. Restricted free agent Dan Herron, who finished last season as the starter, was retained for one more year.
After a solid rookie year in 2012, Vick Ballard has played in only one game in two seasons due to injuries. His comeback will also involve a Mississippi State teammate that he mentored in 2011, Josh Robinson, a sixth-round pick in the recent draft. The Colts also have Zurlon Tipton, who ended up on the active roster as a rookie after being undrafted and spending time on the practice squad.
Toure, 6-2 and 230 pounds, worked out with the Colts on a tryout basis during the team’s three-day rookie mini-camp last weekend. He rushed for 1,647 yards with 10 touchdowns in two seasons with the Skyhawks.
He posted the third-highest single-season rushing total in school history with 1,138 yards. He also contributed with eight total touchdowns and three multiple-touchdown performances on the ground. Before transferring to UT Martin, Toure spent time at Utah State (2012) and Dean Junior College in Massachusetts in 2011.
Hartsfield, 6-3 and 246 pounds, signed with the Colts as an undrafted free agent on May 5. He had 61 tackles (35 solo), 10.5 sacks and 16 tackles for loss in two seasons with the Cincinnati Bearcats.
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