Christine Michael will attempt to keep his career going with the Colts this fall. He missed all of 2017 after getting hurt during offseason practices and will have a shot at landing a roster spot in training camp this summer. He's a long way from being back in Fantasy's good graces - don't give him a place on your bench until he earns a major share of the Colts' offensive workload.
Michael re-signed Wednesday with the Colts on a one-year deal, Andrew Walker of the team's official site reports. Michael spent the entire 2017 campaign on injured reserve after getting hurt in training camp. The Colts don't seem to harbor any concern about Michael's health heading into the 2018 campaign, so he should be in attendance when offseason workouts begin next month. With the Colts electing not to bring back Frank Gore, Michael could have a chance to battle Marlon Mack, Robert Turbin and Josh Ferguson for snaps.
Michael was placed on injured reserve Thursday with an undisclosed injury, Kevin Bowen of the Colts' official site reports. Michael suffered an injury during practice Wednesday and it appears as though it was at least somewhat serious. Indianapolis signed running back Troymaine Pope to take the place of Michael on the team's current roster.
Michael signed a contract with the Colts on Thursday, Kevin Bowen of Colts.com reports. Michael has bounced around the league during his first three seasons, seeing stints in Dallas, Seattle and Green Bay. He began last season with the Seahawks, where he rushed for 469 yards and six touchdowns on 117 attempts in nine games. While the totals were solid, Seattle decided to part ways with the 26-year-old in favor of C.J. Prosise and Thomas Rawls. He then landed in Green Bay for the final six games of the season, providing the Packers with 114 yards and one touchdown on 31 attempts. However, he once again found himself as the odd-man out after the Packers selected two running backs in April's draft. Michael has the measurables to be a productive rusher in the league, but continues to find himself on teams with plenty of potential backfield talent. The same issue could arise in Indy, as the Colts have capable producers in Robert Turbin and Josh Ferguson behind starter Frank Gore. In addition, the team selected Marlon Mack in the fourth round of the draft. It appears as if Michael will have to beat out at least one of these backs during training camp if he wants to call Indianapolis his new home.
Michael visited with the Patriots on Wednesday, ESPN.com's Field Yates reports. Given the current state of New England's running back depth chart, Michael probably wouldn't be an option for the team unless he's still unsigned during training camp and other players suffer injuries. The 2013 second-round selection was released by Green Bay shortly after the conclusion of the 2017 draft.
Michael is expected to be released by the Packers, ESPN's Adam Schefter reports. Michael joined the Packers amid a backfield crisis during the second half of last season and finished with 114 yards and one touchdown in six games for them. Although he re-signed with Green Bay in March, the team's selection of three running backs during Saturday's portion of the draft has apparently made him and Don Jackson, who was released Monday, expendable. The 26-year-old will now look to land elsewhere ahead of training camp.
|* indicates player did not play that week|
|WK||DATE||OPP||OPP RANK||OPP FPTS|
|5||10/05||@New England Patriots||17||17.47|
|6||10/14||@New York Jets||24||18.50|
|16||12/23||New York Giants||21||17.88|
|3 Year Avg||67||275||2||8||41||0||43|