Zurlon Tipton

Former Colts RB Zurlon Tipton Dead At Age 26

Former Colts running back Zurlon Tipton was killed in an accidental shooting, according to WJBK in Detroit. Tipton was 26 years old. Zurlon Tipton (vertical)

Police say Tipton pulled into a service bay at a Michigan car dealership this morning and went to take a duffel bag out of his trunk. The duffel bag had two guns inside, according to the police report, and one of the guns accidentally went off, which led to Tipton being shot in the stomach. Tipton was able to converse with people around him as he was being placed in an ambulance, but he later died at the hospital.

Tipton had an unfortunate history with guns. In December of last year, he was arrested on charges of criminal recklessness with a deadly weapon after he reportedly went to his girlfriend’s home and shot a round from a Colt AR-15 rifle into the house. Reportedly, Tipton’s then girlfriend asked him to protect her as she was receiving threatening texts from an ex-boyfriend. Even though shots were fired in her home, the ex-boyfriend was apparently not there.

Tipton joined the Colts as a UDFA prior to the 2014 season. He was waived by the team on December 21, 2015, just prior to the aforementioned arrest. In his two seasons with the Colts, Tipton appeared in 16 games and rushed for 38 yards off of 15 carries.

We here at Pro Football Rumors extend our heartfelt condolences to Tipton’s family.

Photo courtesy of USA Today Sports Images.

AFC Notes: Tipton, Wood, Mularkey

Before you call it a night on this Christmas, here are a few other stories circulating regarding AFC teams.

  • The Colts waived running back Zurlon Tipton earlier this week, and unfortunately he has already found his way back into the news after being arrested for allegedly firing an assault rifle early this morning, according to Jill Disis of IndyStar.com. He was charged with criminal recklessness with a deadly weapon, and released on bond. Tipton played most of the past two years with the Colts, including 18 carries and a touchdown during the team’s three playoff games last season.
  • The Bills have had some problems in the locker room this season, specifically with Mario Williams and the defensive line criticizing Rex Ryan’s new gameplan and scheme defensively. However, center Eric Wood is disappointed the entire team hasn’t bought in, and despite all the losing, believes the team is moving in the right direction, writes Tyler Dunne of the Buffalo News.“It’s tough,” Wood said. “But I’m by no means giving up on it. I feel like we had enough talent this year to make the playoffs and make a run at this thing. I think going into next year, I have a ton of confidence.”
  • Titans interim head coach Mike Mularkey hasn’t had a ton of success since taking over in Tennessee, but he isn’t worried about coaching for a job in 2016, writes Teresa M. Walker of the Associated Press“Days are so full of things, I have to get ready for the games, and I don’t have a lot of time to sit and ponder and wonder,” Mularkey said. “Again, I’m trying to get this team to win these last two games. Whatever happens at the end happens. We’ll see then.”

Colts Announce Several Roster Moves

Following a disappointing loss to the Texans on Sunday, the Colts have shaken up the back of their 53-man roster, announcing six moves today in a press release. Here are today’s transactions out of Indianapolis:


  • RB Trey Williams (from Dolphins’ practice squad)

Promoted to active roster from practice squad:

Placed on injured reserve:


While Whalen, Winn, and Tipton weren’t among the Colts’ most noteworthy contributors this season, all three players saw some action throughout the year.

Whalen, who lost a key fumble on Sunday, had 19 receptions for 205 yards and a touchdown this season. Winn recorded 14 tackles and a pair of fumble recoveries in 12 games (three starts). Tipton had 20 rushing yards on five attempts, adding another 57 yards through the air on five receptions.

Colts Place Ahmad Bradshaw On IR

A third consecutive season for running back Ahmad Bradshaw had ended with the Colts placing him on injured reserve, as the team announced today in a press release. With Bradshaw’s season over due to a wrist injury, the Colts have re-signed running back Zurlon Tipton to their 53-man roster.

Bradshaw, 29, saw his 2013 season end early because of a neck injury, and was placed on IR in 2014 after breaking his leg. This year, he didn’t join the Colts until mid-October, but just a few weeks later, he’s heading back to IR. In limited action in Indianapolis this season, the veteran back ran for 85 yards on 31 carries, adding 64 more yards and three touchdowns on 10 receptions.

Because he was on a one-year contract with the Colts, Bradshaw will be eligible for free agency this winter, and may have played his last snap for the team. Of course, having signed multiple contracts with Indianapolis in the past, the Marshall product could return in 2016, but his growing injury history figures to make the club wary of another reunion.

Tipton, meanwhile, was cut last week when the Colts claimed Boom Herron off waivers. Now, he’ll rejoin a backfield that features Herron and Frank Gore, and will likely be third on the depth chart heading into Week 13.

Colts Claim Boom Herron On Waivers

Boom Herron will return to Indianapolis after his former team claimed him on waivers following his departure from Buffalo, Adam Schefter of ESPN.com reports (via Twitter).

The Colts cut running back Zurlon Tipton in a corresponding move. Herron emerged on waivers Wednesday after the Bills cut him following a four-game stint.

Herron served as the Colts’ passing-down back last season following Ahmad Bradshaw‘s season-ending injury. Now, he’ll team with a healthy Bradshaw to give the team more experience behind Frank Gore, who left Sunday’s game with an injury but returned to practice today.

A fourth-year former sixth-round pick of the Bengals’, Herron carried the ball 11 times for 37 yards for the Bills and caught three passes for 20 yards. He resided as a deep backup in Buffalo, however, behind LeSean McCoy, Karlos Williams and Anthony Dixon.

The 26-year-old Herron totaled 524 yards from scrimmage on 99 touches last season, one that featured a key role for him once Bradshaw went down. He made significant postseason contributions, however, starting all three of the Colts’ games, scoring twice and gaining 298 yards from scrimmage.

With Bradshaw now active again after being re-signed midway through this season, Herron’s workload doesn’t figure to be substantial in his second stay in Indianapolis.

The 25-year-old Tipton played in 13 games for the Colts the past two seasons, filling in mostly on special teams. A former undrafted free agent, only has 12 career carries on his resume.


Minor NFL Transactions: 10/1/15

Today’s minor signings, cuts, and other moves..

  • The Jets signed tight end Wes Saxton off of their taxi squad, Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News tweets. Saxton will provide the Jets with depth while Jeff Cumberland is sidelined.
  • The Patriots promoted defensive tackle Khyri Thornton from the practice squad to the active roster, Mike Reiss of ESPN.com tweets. New England wanted to beef up its defensive front and they had an open spot to use.
  • The Colts added running back Zurlon Tipton to the active roster, as Mike Chappell of FOX59 tweets. To make room, defensive lineman Earl Okine was waived. The move likely means that running back Tyler Varga will not be ready to go this weekend.
  • The Patriots removed Ryan Groy from their injured reserve with an injury settlement, Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle tweets.

NFL Practice Squad Updates: 9/15/15

Here are Tuesday’s practice squad signings and cuts from around the NFL:

Carolina Panthers

Cleveland Browns

Indianapolis Colts

  • Signed: RB Zurlon Tipton and OL Robert Myers (via press release)

Jacksonville Jaguars

  • Signed: OT Patrick Miller (via Mike DiRocco on Twitter)
  • Cut: DT Toby Johnson (via press release)

Miami Dolphins

New England Patriots

New Orleans Saints

New York Giants

Philadelphia Eagles

    • To be signed: RB Kevin Monangai and NT Travis Raciti (via team website)
    • To be cut: TE Andrew Gleichert

St. Louis Rams

Tampa Bay Buccaneers


Colts Cut Duron Carter, Finalize Roster

The Colts have reached the mandated 53-man roster today, making a handful of interesting moves along the way. One notable bubble player, running back Vick Ballard, remains on the roster, but plenty of other notable players have been let go, including wide receiver Duron Carter.

Here’s the full list of transactions out of Indianapolis, per a team release:


  • G David Arkin
  • WR Vincent Brown


  • OLB Daniel Adongo
  • QB Bryan Bennett
  • WR Quan Bray
  • WR Duron Carter
  • CB Chance Casey
  • NT Josh Chapman
  • ILB Carlos Fields
  • DT Montori Hughes
  • T Ulrick John
  • OLB Cam Johnson
  • S Dewey McDonald
  • TE Sean McGrath
  • ILB Henoc Muamba
  • G Kitt O’Brien
  • CB Eric Patterson
  • DT Kelcy Quarles
  • TE Erik Swoope
  • CB Raymon Taylor
  • RB Zurlon Tipton

Placed on injured reserve:

  • DT Arthur Jones
  • ILB Junior Sylvestre

The Colts required 23 roster moves to get from 75 to 53 in order to accommodate one addition — linebacker Sio Moore, who was acquired in a Friday trade with the Raiders.

AFC Mailbags: Dolphins, Ravens, Jags, Colts

It’s Saturday, and that means ESPN.com’s NFL writers are opening their mailbags and answering questions from readers. Let’s start off with notes from the AFC…

  • James Walker believes Dolphins coach Joe Philbin‘s job could be in jeopardy if his team doesn’t succeed this season. The team spent money to improve their roster during the offseason, and the writer believes owner Stephen Ross won’t have much patience for another subpar season.
  • The Ravens certainly have the money to add another veteran to their squad, and Jamison Hensley thinks that’s a realistic possibility. The team will likely depend on their young players to compete for jobs, but the team could pursue an established player if any of those young players struggle. The writer points to wideout James Jones, running back Pierre Thomas, tight end Jermaine Gresham, defensive lineman Osi Umenyiora and defensive tackle Kevin Williams as the top available free agents.
  • When asked which undrafted rookies could make the Jaguars 53-man roster, Michael DiRocco focuses on the team’s group of young linebackers (Thurston ArmbristerMatt Robinson and Todd Thomas). The writer cites the lack of depth at that position, nothing that one of the rookies could contribute as a backup linebacker/special teamer.
  • If the Colts decide to keep four running backs, Mike Wells says the final spot will likely be between Vick Ballard and Zurlon Tipton. Frank Gore and Boom Herron have their spots locked down, and Wells believes sixth-round pick Josh Robinson has a good chance of sticking.
  • When it comes to the Colts‘ wideouts, Wells says Griff Whalen is likely the odd man out. The team seemingly has six receivers ahead of Whalen on the depth chart, so Wells believes it’s a “long shot” for the former undrafted free agent to make the roster.

AFC Mailbags: Chiefs, Raiders, Colts, Jags

It’s Saturday morning, and that means ESPN.com’s NFL writers are opening their mailbags and answering questions from readers. Let’s start off the day with some whispers from the AFC…