Two New Faces on Colts Practice Squad

The Colts added linebacker Terna Nande and running back Justise Hairston to their practice squad this week. Brad Keller fills you in on the newest Colts.

On Wednesday, the Indianapolis Colts added two players to their practice squad: linebacker Terna Nande and running back Justise Hairston.  With Victor Worsley moving to the 53-man roster, Indianapolis needed to make room for an extra body on the squad by releasing running back DeCori Birmingham.

Nande was originally taken in the 5th round (137th overall) of the 2006 draft by the Tennessee Titans out of Miami (Ohio).  He spent some time on the 53-man roster and the practice squad last season with the Titans before being released on 9/2 after the first round of cuts.  He was a three-year starter for the Redhawks and was ranked as a fringe first-day prospect coming out of college, but his size (6'1, 230 pounds) and inability to live up to his rumored 4.43 40-yard dash (workouts timed by the school's scouts can be highly inaccurate) made him slip to Tennessee in the 5th round.

With Rob Morris going on injured reserve, the Colts needed to add another body to the mix and Nande's dimensions and speed (he's still fast, he just doesn't run a 4.43), as well as his ability to contribute in the kicking game (he was a special teams standout during his collegiate career) were all reasons that Indianapolis made the move to place him on the practice squad.  If Indy's injury bug persists, he may share Worsley's good fortune in the future.

 RB Justise Hairston
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A Central Connecticut prospect, Hairston was taken with one of the New England Patriots' sixth-round choices in the 2007 draft.  He was placed on the injured reserve list on the first day of Patriots of training camp (July 27) and was subsequently waived (after reaching a settlement) on September 15.  After passing a physical with the Colts on Wednesday, the young tailback was added to the taxi squad.

Hairston only spent his senior year with the Blue Devils (he transferred from Rutgers after spending the early part of his college career buried on the depth chart there), but certainly made the most of his opportunity, averaging 168 rushing yards per game (277 carries for 1,877 yards and 20 touchdowns).  While he does not possess blazing speed (4.55 in the 40), he has decent size (6'1, 220 pounds) and is a tough inside runner.

He replaces DeCori Birmingham as Indianapolis continues to shuffle young talent on and off the eight man squad as necessary.

Filling out the rest of the squad are quarterback Josh Betts, tight end Gijon Robinson, wide receiver Cro Thorpe, offensive tackle Michael Toudouze, offensive tackle Corey Hilliard and wide receiver Jemalle Cornelius.

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