Stevan Ridley can't play offensive line, but he does play another position of some concern for the Colts.
The Colts are facing the possibility of playing without starting left guard Jack Mewhort, but that didn't prevent it from signing today the veteran running back recently cut by the Detroit Lions.
Ridley participated in a workout with the Colts on Friday and had been weighing his options in the days since. There were believed to be other teams interested in his services, which is a reason no immediate decision was reached with Indianapolis. Ridley ended up agreeing to a 1-year deal for the veteran minimum salary, according to a league source.
Frank Gore is the undisputed starter, but the signing seems to impact rookie Josh Ferguson and veteran Jordan Todman most. If the Colts elect to keep just three backs, the likely three would be Gore, Ridley and Robert Turbin. Ferguson's issues with pass protection haven't helped him, although the Colts were very excited about adding him as an undrafted free agent, the story said.