At 4:00 PM EDT, the Colts announced they had cut wide receiver Griff Whalen to sign fullback Robert Hughes. Hughes no doubt joins the team in the wake of FB Stanley Havili’s ankle injury. Whalen may be the odd man out when fellow receiver LaVon Brazill returns from his suspension.
From Colts.com’s press release:
The Indianapolis Colts today signed fullback Robert Hughes and waived wide receiver Griff Whalen.
Hughes, 5-11, 235 pounds, rejoins the Colts after being waived by the team following the preseason finale at Cincinnati. He played in five games (one start) with the Colts in 2012 and recorded one rush for five yards and one reception for three yards. Hughes was originally signed by the Chicago Bears as an undrafted free agent in 2011.
Whalen played in three games this season and caught two passes for 28 yards. He was originally signed by the Colts as an undrafted free agent on April 30, 2012.
Many fans won’t like seeing a wide receiver go to make room for another fullback (how about using a tight end, eh?), but it goes to show that Pep Hamilton and Chuck Pagano are committed to their vision. According to Rotoworld, Whalen is still eligible for the practice squad if he clears waivers, of course.
In other Colts news, rookie OLB Bjoern Werner’s foot injury could keep him out of the lineup for the next 4-6 weeks, according to Indystar’s Mike Chappell as well as NBC Sports. Cam Johnson played well in Werner’s absence.
Johnson is a very athletic and talented former defensive end out of Virginia who fell deep in the draft due to health concerns over his having sickle-cell trait. In other words, Johnson has the gene for sickle cell anemia, but not the actual symptoms.
Johnson has a chance to become a solid NFL player despite being overlooked in the draft, and the Colts, who traded for him this season, will need him to produce on the field in the coming weeks.