• by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com

    Colts waive/injured RB Dan Herron

    The Colts waived/injured running back Dan Herron, the team announced Sunday. If Herron is not claimed by another team, he will go on the team's IR list.

  • by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com

    Colts backup RB job complicated by injuries to Herron, Ballard

    Injuries to Colts running backs Dan Herron (shoulder) and Vick Ballard (hamstring) marred the team's preseason finale Thursday night against Cincinnati. Ballard actually re-injured the hamstring that had kept him sidelined last week against St. Louis. He was hoping to remain healthy against the Bengals in an attempt to land the backup job to featured back Frank Gore. The injuries to the two backs complicates that competition.

  • by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com

    Dan Herron signs exclusive rights tender with Colts

    Colts running back Dan Herron signed his exclusive rights tender on Wednesday, according to the Herald Bulletin. Herron started three of 16 games for the Colts in the regular season, and all three postseason games. The 26-year-old rushed for 351 yards and one touchdown on 78 carries. He rushed for 170 yards on the ground in the postseason.

  • by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com

    Colts extend qualifying offer to RFA Jerrell Freeman

    The Colts gave linebacker Jerrell Freeman, a restricted free agent, a qualifying offer, the organization announced on Thursday. The Colts also placed tenders on exclusive-rights free agents OLB Daniel Adongo, RB Dan Herron and OLB Cam Johnson.

  • by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com

    Colts' Dan Herron turns in average game

    Colts running back Dan Herron turned in an average game on Sunday against the Patriots. Herron didn't perform poorly, but didn't have a lot of opportunities to get going. He gained 51 yards on 10 carries, averaging 5.1 yards per attempt. With New England taking a big lead fairly early in the game, Indianapolis got away from the run game. Herron wasn't much of a threat in the passing game, coming down with two receptions for 11 yards.

  • by Brandon Wise | Staff Writer

    Colts' Trent Richardson doesn't travel with team, out for Sunday

    Colts running back Trent Richardson did not make the trip with the team to New England due to personal reasons and will not play in Sunday's AFC Championship game, the team announced Saturday. Richardson also missed the divisional round of the playoffs and received zero carries in the wild card round. Richardson reportedly missed walkthroughs Saturday and did not notify the team for his reason, according to the Indianapolis Star. Dan Herron and Zurlon Tipton will continue to carry the load for the Colts Sunday. Indianapolis is currently a 6 1/2-point underdog against the Patriots.

  • by Larry Hartstein | Senior Analyst

    Chuck Pagano: RB Dan Herron is a 'tough, tough, tough kid'

    In two playoff games, unheralded running back Dan Herron has 119 rushing yards, 117 receiving yards on 18 catches, and two touchdowns. Colts coach Chuck Pagano trusted Herron with 31 touches in the playoff win at Denver. "To see him go out and play through – that's a darn good defense we went against and they tackle well – and he took some shots like a lot of guys took in that game," Pagano told the Indianapolis Star after the win over the Broncos. "He's a tough, tough, tough kid." A sixth-round pick and twice-waived former practice squad player, Herron was just hoping to make the team last August. Now he's entrenched as the starter heading into Sunday's AFC Championship Game at New England. Herron did not touch the ball in the Week 11 meeting with the Patriots, a 42-20 loss, as the Colts rushed for 19 yards on 16 carries. Herron will be a big part of the offense Sunday. The Colts are 6.5-point underdogs. "When the opportunity comes," Herron said, "you just have to really seize it and really take advantage of it."

  • by Larry Hartstein | Senior Analyst

    Workhorse RB Dan Herron gets 31 touches in win over Broncos

    Colts running back Dan Herron ran 23 times for 63 yards and a touchdown and caught all eight of his targets for 32 yards in Sunday's 24-13 win at Denver. Herron has 18 catches and a pair of touchdowns in his first two playoff games. While Herron averaged 2.7 yards per carry, he turned in a surehanded workhorse effort after fumbling twice last week. Herron ran around left end for a 6-yard touchdown early in the second quarter. Herron visits the Patriots in next Sunday's AFC Championship Game.

  • by Larry Hartstein | Senior Analyst

    Despite fumbles, RB Dan Herron is the man in Colts' backfield

    Although Colts running back Dan Herron fumbled twice in Sunday's playoff win over the Bengals, coach Chuck Pagano gave him a vote of confidence afterward. The show of faith stemmed from Herron's 141 yards from scrimmage. "He's gaining confidence," Pagano told the Indianapolis Star. "Obviously, there's some plays out there that he'd like to have back and you've got to clean up, but the guy's a playmaker. He can create when there's not much there." Herron caught 10 of 11 targets for 85 yards and rushed 12 times for 56 yards (4.7 ypc). He accounted for 58 yards and a touchdown on Indy's opening drive. The Colts lost one of his two fumbles, giving Herron three lost fumbles this season. "Can't do that, man, that's unacceptable," Herron told the paper following the heaviest workload of his career. Indy visits Denver on Sunday as a 7-point underdog.

  • by Larry Hartstein | Senior Analyst

    Zurlon Tipton gets 12 touches, Trent Richardson not used

    Colts rookie running back Zurlon Tipton, playing behind Dan Herron, rushed 11 times for 40 yards (3.6 ypc) in Sunday's 26-10 victory over the Bengals. Tipton added a 6-yard reception on his only target. This was Tipton's second straight game with double-digit touches, as he received 11 in Week 17 at Tennessee. Running back Trent Richardson was active for the game but did not touch the ball. They'll visit the Broncos in the divisional playoffs.