The Indianapolis Colts have placed running back Christine Michael on injured reserve and signed second-year running back Troymaine Pope to fill his roster spot, the team announced Thursday.
Michael, 26, signed with Indianapolis on June 1, one month after his release from Green Bay. The former second-round pick out of Texas A&M “went down” with an injury during Wednesday’s minicamp practice, according to Stephen Holder of The Indianapolis Star.
Michael was coming off a career-year with both the Packers and Seattle Seahawks, setting career-highs in rushing yards (583), receiving yards (107), and touchdowns (8).
The 5-foot-10, 221-pound running back was expected to compete with running backs Frank Gore, Robert Turbin, and rookie Marlon Mack for first-team reps during training camp.
Gore recorded his ninth 1,000-yard plus rushing season in 2016, but at 34-years-old, Indianapolis’ coaching staff might be looking to lighten his workload. The Colts did get a steal in the fourth-round of the draft in Mack, but clearly felt they wanted more competition at the running back position entering training camp.
While Gore, Turbin, and Mack will look to compete for first-team reps, Pope joins the Colts with the hope of earning a roster spot.
The undrafted running back out of Jacksonville State recorded 44 rushing yards on 12 carries with the New York Jets and Seahawks in 2016, and will likely be competing with Josh Ferguson and Dalton Crossan for a spot on the team’s 53-man roster.