Report: Colts Sign DL Anthony Johnson to Active Roster

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - NOVEMBER 13: Defensive Lineman Anthony Johnson #75 of the New York Jets in action against the Los Angeles Rams at MetLife Stadium on November 13, 2016 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (Photo by Al Pereira/Getty Images)

According to’s Ian Rapoport, the Indianapolis Colts have signed defensive lineman Anthony Johnson to their 53-man active roster–although there’s no word yet on the corresponding roster move to free up room:

Originally signed by the Miami Dolphins as an undrafted free agent in 2014 out of LSU, the 6’2″, 295 pound defensive lineman has also spent time with the Washington Redskins (2015), New England Patriots (2016), New York Jets (2016-17), and now the Colts organization.

The 3rd-year veteran has appeared in 18 career games (1 start), recording 7 tackles and a fumble recovery.

After being claimed off waivers from the Patriots in November of 2016 by the Jets, Johnson spent over a season with ‘Gang Green’, but was eventually waived-injured and placed on injured reserve during the preseason before being eventually released. He was eventually signed to the Colts practice squad in early November.

The Colts have a need for some rotational defensive line depth, as 2nd-year pro Hassan Ridgeway has missed consecutive starts with a shoulder injury, and the team already lost starting defensive end Henry Anderson for the season with a throat injury.

Johnson has experience along the defensive line playing in a 3-4 defensive scheme with both the Patriots and Jets, so it should be a pretty seamless transition.

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