He began the season as a starting safety, filling in for Mike Doss against the Ravens. Fans were wondering if the change would be permanent and if Joseph Jefferson would finally fulfill his potential.
But by the end of the game, Jefferson had a new injury -- turf toe -- that would put him on the sidelines for the next six games.
After returning for three games, primarily on special teams, Jefferson missed the last two weeks with a knee problem that will require arthroscopic surgery. As a result, the Colts placed him on injured reserve for the second time in his four-year career. Jefferson missed the entire 2002 season with a pelvic injury. By the end of this season, Jefferson will have missed more than 35 games in four years.
The Colts replaced Jefferson on the active roster with former Michigan State linebacker Mike Labinjo who has been on the practice squad since mid-October. He was Jeremiah Trotter's backup at middle linebacker for the Eagles after being activated off of Philadelphia's practice squad in Week 15 of the 2004 season.
The Colts also moved DB Brandon Lynch, one of just three players who has been on the squad for the entire season, to their practice squad injury list. According to one of our sources, he's been struggling with back spasms. They then re-signed DB Eric Hill, who was released in their first round of training camp cuts on August 30th this year.
The former Colorado State wide receiver was converted to cornerback by the Colts back in May. After his release, he landed on the Bears practice squad. But he was released by Chicago on November 29th.
Hill was on the Colts practice squad back in 2004. The Colts signed him as an undrafted free agent in April, 2004.
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