Running Back Matt Jones Promoted From Practice Squad

LANDOVER, MD - OCTOBER 2: Running back Matt Jones
LANDOVER, MD - OCTOBER 2: Running back Matt Jones /

Rookie running back Marlon Mack has already been ruled out for Sunday’s game against the Browns, so the Colts have responded by activating Matt Jones from the practice squad.

The Colts’ running game has struggled so far this season as they haven’t provided any help for their inexperienced starting quarterbacks.

According to Football Outsiders, Indianapolis ranks 31st in rushing efficiency as they’ve only run for 151 yards combined over the first two games.

Frank Gore has struggled to get going this season as he’s averaging 3.7 yards per carry, and Marlon Mack has shown some flashes early on, but he’ll be on the sidelines with a shoulder injury this week.

With Robert Turbin being the only other healthy running back on the roster, the Colts have called up Matt Jones from the practice squad.

Jones was a starter in Washington before he fell out of favor with the front office in D.C. He gained 794 yards from scrimmage in his rookie season, and he rushed for 460 yards through 7 games last season before he was benched for reasons that still remain unknown.

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The Colts jumped at the chance to sign Jones after Washington cut him right before the regular season, but he failed to make the 53-man roster and was relegated to the practice squad.

However, Jones remains on the team for a moment exactly like this when the Colts’ running backs are banged up. Jones is definitely capable of coming in for a few carries on Sunday, and he can also provide Brissett with a reliable receiver in the passing game.