With Brown injured, Colts sign RB James to back up Addai

The Indianapolis Colts signed running back Javarris James to the active roster Thursday and dumped the contract of linebacker Tyjuan Hagler.

James is the cousin of the Colts' career rushing leader, Edgerrin James, and spent the entire preseason with the team. He was released Sept. 4 and joined the New England Patriots' practice squad two days later.

James was released by the Patriots on Tuesday night and was immediately signed to the Washington Redskins' practice squad. After James practiced with the Redskins on Wednesday, the Colts signed him to the active roster. That's three teams in three days.

Running back Donald Brown is still struggling with a hamstring injury, according to The Indianapolis Star, leaving the Colts with just Joseph Addai and Mike Hart in front of James.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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