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Fluellen adds depth to Colts' backfield

INDIANAPOLIS – It would have only been natural for warning flags to go up after hearing about the Indianapolis Colts acquiring running back David Fluellen from Philadelphia for kicker Cody Parkey on Wednesday.

Trent Richardson is only averaging 2.4 yards a carry. Ahmad Bradshaw is coming off neck surgery, he’s wearing a red noncontact jersey during part of training camp and he’s yet to play in the preseason.

Don’t be alarmed.

Fluellen is just another running back to throw in the mix to compete with Daniel “Boom” Herron for the third running back position. Phillip Tanner, who was released Wednesday, reduced his odds to make the team when he fumbled in the end zone against the New York Giants last Saturday.

Fluellen finished fourth in rushing in school history with 3,336 yards while at the University of Toledo.

The Colts need some extra running backs on the roster because Richardson and Bradshaw likely won’t play in the preseason finale against the Cincinnati Bengals on Aug. 28.

That means Herron, Fluellen, Deji Karim and Zurlon Tipton will likely split carries against the Bengals if they survive the first roster cuts on Aug. 26.