A fourth-string running back signing isn’t big news. But the addition of Javarris James to the Colts may tell us a bit.
First, the corresponding cut was Tyjuan Hagler. He was brought in as emergency help for a dinged up linebacker corps. The Colts clearly feel better about that situation with Clint Session back in the lineup after a couple missed games with a hamstring injury.
Second, Donald Brown’s injury appears a concern. He was out last week and didn’t practice Wednesday with a hamstring. Dan Dakich of 1070 The Fan in Indianapolis suggested last week that Brown’s injury was a lot more than minor. James could rank behind Joseph Addai and Mike Hart with Brown hurt and Devin Moore, a returner first and foremost, finished for the year.
Third, maybe they just liked the kid. They had to cut him a while back, and have seen him with the Patriots and on the Redskins practice squad since. Bill Polian doesn't sign a lot of players off of other team's practice squads. He feels a bit as if it's poaching. When he does it, it's usually a big combination of need and like.