The Indianapolis Colts announced today that they have placed running back Donald Brown on season-ending IR with an ankle injury. Brown, is in his fourth year with the franchise and has rushed for 417 yards and scored one touchdown in 108 attempts this season. He entered the year as the top running back on the depth chart, but after an injury earlier in the season, rookie Vick Ballard took over the starting role and kept it going forward.
Brown, has rushed for 1,840 yards and 11 touchdowns on 449 carries during his tenure with the Colts. I suspect though this is the last time Colts fans will see him in the blue and white though.
With Ballard being the workhorse he’s been and having second year man Delone Carter to back him up as the big physical short yardage back, Brown isn’t really needed. He still has one more year left on his contract and due a base salary of $1,705,000 next season. With bonuses added in, cutting ties with him will free up another $2,225,000 in cap room for next season. The Colts already have over $70 million in room next year for free agency and this will only help.
It’s unfortunate for Brown as he once had a promising looking career. He was a first round selection for the Colts in 2009 and was drafted to replace Joseph Addai once he was done. Addai, was let go in March and Brown finally got his chance. He is more of a finesse and stretch-play back, where the Colts are transitioning to needing big physical type backs like Ballard and Carter. That’s even more evidence that we won’t see him back next year.
It’s been good but don’t expect guys like Austin Collie or Brown on this team in 2013.