The Colts have added another running back to their roster, signing former Cowboy Phillip Tanner, according to Kevin Bowen of Colts.com (via Twitter). Linebacker Jonathon Sharpe has also signed with the Colts, who had two open roster spots, meaning no corresponding moves to clear room will be necessary.
Tanner, who turns 26 next week, has spent his first three seasons in Dallas, accumulating 149 rushing yards and two touchdowns on 56 carries during that stretch, along with 93 receiving yards on nine catches. The Middle Tennessee State product, who worked out for the Seahawks last week, also contributed on special teams in 2013.
Running back has become an area of need for the Colts, who lost Vick Ballard to a season-ending Achilles injury, and cut Chris Rainey yesterday due to a violation of the team’s rules. Trent Richardson and Ahmad Bradshaw still project to be Indianapolis’ top options in the 2014 season, but Tanner should have the opportunity to compete for a roster spot further down on the depth chart.