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INDIANAPOLIS — Brian Hoyer is getting another chance to extend

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his NFL career.Just two days after being released by the New England Patriots Antonio Morrison Jersey , the Indianapolis Colts have signed the 33-year-old longtime backup to be their No. 2 quarterback, the Colts announced Monday. ESPN reported it was a three-year deal worth $12 million.Hoyer takes over the No. 2 spot from Jacoby Brissett, who became the starter when Andrew Luck abruptly retired Aug. 24.The only other quarterbacks on the roster are Phillip Walker, who is on the practice squad, and Chad Kelly, who will miss the first two games while serving a league suspension.“We’re working through it. We want to get the right guy for us and we know there are some possibilities out there,” Colts general manager Chris Ballard said Sunday. “But we’re working through it and we’ll have him in the building here soon.”Brissett, a third-round pick in 2016 Kenny Moore Color Rush Jersey , also spent one season in New England before Indy acquired him in a trade on cutdown weekend in 2017 but the two ex-Pats never were teammates.Hoyer originally made New England’s roster as an undrafted rookie out of Michigan State in 2009.In his first three seasons with the Patriots behind Tom Brady, he played in 13 games but never started. In 2012, the Pittsburgh Steelers signed Hoyer after their top two quarterbacks got hurt and he finished the season with Arizona, which claimed Hoyer off waivers in December.Hoyer got his most extensive experience with Cleveland in 2013 and 2014, where he went 10-6 as the starter. The next two seasons, in Houston and Chicago, Hoyer was 5-4 and 1-4 as the starter before going 0-6 with San Francisco in 2017. The 49ers released Hoyer after acquiring Jimmy Garoppolo in a trade with New England.That opened the door for Hoyer’s return to New England, where he spent the rest of the 2017 season and all of last season.The Patriots released Hoyer on Saturday https://www.coltsfanshop.com/Jeremiah-George-Jersey , allowing the Colts to bring him to town Sunday and sign him Monday. Indy opens the season Sunday at the Los Angeles Chargers.Hoyer has completed 838 of 1,412 passes with 9,902 yards, 48 touchdowns and 30 interceptions in 10 NFL seasons.To make room for Hoyer on the 53-man roster, the Colts waived safety Rolan Milligan.Ballard also signed four players to the practice squad: Defensive end Jamal Davis, running back Quinton Flowers, defensive tackle Brian Price and receiver Chad Williams. The Colts got some tough news today as word came down that the reason for Malik Hooker’s brief absence in Sunday’s game was a torn meniscus in his knee. This is a big blow, because Hooker had looked solid through week 3 and the defense certainly looks worse without him. The expectation is that this injury will sideline him for 4-6 weeks Denico Autry Jersey , which would put his return around the middle of November. For a defense that has struggled against the pass as it is, this is brutal. Hooker adds a kind of defensive versatility that the Colts just don’t have otherwise. With him in a single high safety look they can play more man coverage, and he gives a serious threat to the back of their defense if quarterbacks try to test them deep. Perhaps the only positive news here is that the Colts have a bye week in week 6, and they won’t face a top passer in 4 of their next 6 games. Still, the loss is a costly one and will be a challenge for defensive coordinator Matt Eberflus. Thankfully, rookie safety Khari Willis has looked solid when called upon so far this season. He’ll need to continue showing out, because now the pressure will be on him to fill the substantial hole left by Malik Hooker until he can return.
 

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