Center Mike Johnson, a rookie out of Kansas State has been signed by the Colts and has been added to their 8-man practice squad.
Johnson, who was an undrafted free agent with Kansas City signed a 2-year deal with the Chiefs back in May. But he was released in the first major wave of cuts on August 29th.
With last weekend's injury to offensive tackle Ryan Diem, the Colts appear to be adding depth with this move in case Diem isn't ready for the playoffs. They already have tackle Bo Lacey on the practice squad and a few weeks ago added tackle Kurt Vollers to the 53-man roster.
Johnson, a 6'3, 290-pound lineman started at guard for Kansas State for two years prior to switching to center for his final season.
Here's what TFY Draft Preview here at Scout.com had to say about him back in March prior to the NFL Draft:
"A mauler that's been a consistent and durable force on the college level, Johnson possesses marginal size/speed numbers for the NFL. The versatility to play several spots up front could help him catch on as a backup."
Johnson has a stronger reputation as a run-blocker than a pass blocker, struggling at times in picking up the blitz. But he's been effective in pass protection when the offense is working out of the shotgun.
The Colts didn't have to release a player to make room for Johnson as they had a vacancy after recently promoting LB Mike Labinjo from the squad.
Colts Add Johnson to Practice Squad
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