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Colts sign Matt Jones to practice squad

LANDOVER, MD - AUGUST 27: Washington Redskins running back Matt Jones (31) in action during a match between the Washington Redskins and the Cincinnati Bengals on August 27, 2017, at FedExField in Landover, Maryland. (Photo by Daniel Kucin Jr./Icon Sportswire)
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The Indianapolis Colts have signed free agent running back Matt Jones to their practice squad, according to the team’s official website. In order to make room for Jones, the Colts released linebacker Garrett Sickels from their practice squad.

The Colts originally claimed Jones off waivers from the Washington Redskins back on September 3.

The 24-year-old, who played his collegiate football at the University of Florida, was originally selected by the Redskins in the third round (95th pick overall) of the 2015 NFL Draft. During his rookie campaign, Jones played in 13 games rushed for 490 yards off of 144 carries and scored three touchdowns on the ground. In addition, he caught 19 passes for 304 yards and another score. The following year, Jones took the field seven times, starting all seven of the contests in which he played. He finished with 460 yards and reached the end zone three times as a rusher, averaging 4.6 yards per carry in the process.

However, the Redskins proceeded to cut Jones earlier this month, deciding to roll with Robert Kelley and Chris Thompson as their primary running backs.

Sickels played his collegiate football at Penn State University and went undrafted back in April. He was signed by the Colts as a free agent shortly after. On September 2, Indianapolis waived Sickels, but the 22-year-old was then signed to the Colts’ practice squad the following day. During his final year at Penn State, Sickels registered 47 total tackles, 13 tackles for loss and 6.5 sacks.

Indianapolis will host the Arizona Cardinals this Sunday at 1 p.m. Eastern Time.

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