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Colts Place RB/KR Chris Rainey on IR, Sign RB Tashard Choice

Sunday in Cincinnati, RB/KR Chris Rainey left the game with an ankle injury.  This morning, after an MRI, the Colts have placed him on Injured Reserve. 

In Rainey’s place, the team signed free agent running back Tashard Choice. 

From the Colts’ press release:

Choice, 5-10, 210 pounds, has played in 85 career games (four starts) with the Dallas Cowboys (2008-2011), Washington Redskins (2011) and Buffalo Bills (2011-13). He holds career totals of 361 rushing attempts for 1,535 yards and 10 touchdowns, along with 80 receptions for 569 yards. In 12 games with Buffalo this season, Choice rushed for 126 yards on 35 carries and caught four passes for 10 yards. As a rookie in 2008, he played in all 16 games (three starts) and totaled career highs of 92 rushing attempts for 472 yards and 21 receptions for 185 yards.

Rainey appeared in two games for the Colts this season and totaled six kickoff returns for 131 yards (21.8 avg.) and four punt returns for 29 yards (7.3 avg.). He was originally signed by the team on November 20, 2013. 

Choice was Adrian Peterson’s backup at Oklahoma in 2004 before transferring to Georgia Tech and rushing for 3539 yards and 28 touchdowns in three seasons, two as a starter.  The former All-ACC and ACC All-Academic Team honoree had his best NFL seasons in his first two years with the Dallas Cowboys, when he averaged 5.2 yards per carry before dropping to 3.7 ypc in 2010. 

Since then, he has been used sparingly, carrying the ball just 13 times for three different teams in 2011 before landing in Buffalo last year. 

Choice, now the Colts’ third running back (not counting fullbacks), is not known as a returner, which means either Cassius Vaughn, who filled in for Rainey on Sunday, or LaVon Brazill will take over on kick returns, while either Brazill or T.Y. Hilton look like the most likely punt returners.

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