The Indianapolis Colts have signed wide receiver and punt returner Josh Cribbs.
ESPN Indianapolis Colts reporter Mike Wells wrote about the development on Nov. 18:
“The Colts have signed former Cleveland Browns receiver Josh Cribbs and placed running back Ahmad Bradshaw on injured reserve with a fractured fibula.
“Cribbs, who worked out for the Colts last week, was with the Browns from 2005 to ’12, where he returned 11 kicks — eight kickoffs and three punts — for touchdowns during his time there. He played six games with the New York Jets last season after being released by the Oakland Raiders.
“Signing Cribbs adds depth to the receiver position and could signal the end of Griff Whalen returning punts and kicks, but the Colts need help at running back. With Bradshaw out, the Colts are left with Trent Richardson and Daniel ‘Boom’ Herron as the only two active backs on the roster.
“‘Between Trent and Boom and whoever, whatever happens from a roster mechanics standpoint, that’s who will be back there,’ Colts coach Chuck Pagano said Monday.
“The Colts also signed tight end Weslye Saunders to the active roster and waived linebacker Victor Butler on Tuesday.
“The team has also begun researching running back Ben Tate — including his character and potential fit in Indy’s scheme — and appear interested in possibly claiming him off waivers from the Browns, a source told ESPN.com’s Jeremy Fowler.”
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With this, ESPN’s Ed Werder confirms the Colts aren’t interested in signing controversial running back Ray Rice to shore up their running back corps:
“Despite losing running back Ahmad Bradshaw for the season, the AFC South-leading Indianapolis Colts would have no interest in signing Ray Rice as a potential replacement once the player is reinstated to the NFL, a team source said.
“Colts coach Chuck Pagano was defensive coordinator of the Ravens when Rice enjoyed his most productive seasons. That has created speculation Pagano might have a favorable opinion and be inclined to consider signing Rice.
“Rice was suspended indefinitely Sept. 8 for violating the NFL’s personal conduct policy after a video of him hitting his then-fiancee was released publicly. Commissioner Roger Goodell originally had suspended the running back for two games. The incident occurred in February inside an elevator at an Atlantic City, New Jersey casino. The couple married a month later.
“Rice contends the league’s indefinite suspension constitutes an enhanced punishment for the same violation and thus violates labor law. The union also is arguing that the discipline of Rice by Goodell was inconsistent as it relates to the league’s conduct policy. Rice is seeking an immediate reinstatement, and U.S. District Judge Barbara S. Jones will decide the appeal.
“The Colts have a need at running back after Bradshaw was hurt in Sunday night’s loss to the (New England) Patriots, as Trent Richardson and Daniel ‘Boom’ Herron are the only two active backs on the roster.
“The team did sign wide receiver Josh Cribbs on Tuesday, sources told ESPN.”
The 6-4 Colts will next face the 1-9 Jacksonville Jaguars on Nov. 23 at 1:00 p.m. ET at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis.