Stevan Ridley Visiting Colts

Stevan Ridley might not be unemployed for long. Ridley, who was cut by the Lions on Thursday, is on a visit with the Colts today, a source tells Mike Garafolo of (on Twitter). Stevan Ridley (vertical)

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If Ridley proves to be healthy, he could be a quality backup for starter Frank Gore. The Colts have spoken at length about their plan to preserve Gore and keep him on a pitch count. Last year, Gore wound up carrying the ball 260 times and Indianapolis wants to dial that number down so that the veteran can be fresh late in the season. As it stands, Robert Turbin is the Colts’ No. 2 back with Jordan Todman, undrafted rookie Josh Ferguson, and Trey Williams also on the depth chart.

This week, coach Chuck Pagano said that the team has a carrying cap in mind for Gore.

We have to be very, very smart to make sure that we have him available for 16 games and he’s healthy and he’s fresh and he’s out there,” Pagano said (via Stephen Holder of the Indy Star). “He’s obviously a really good player. We have a number in mind and we’ll try to do our very best to stick with that number.”

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