With the news of running back Donald Brown being sidelined for a couple of weeks, the opportunity for chances in the backfield has caught the attention of Delone Carter.
The Colts second-year running back has been hampered by a rib injury in 2012 and saw his first action of the season last week against the Packers.
Carter did not record a carry on Sunday but he knows his chances of contributing to the run game will increase the next few weeks.
“I’m just waiting for an opportunity to step in and help my team out the best way I can,” Carter said.
“You have stay faithful, work hard and go out there and put your best foot forward so when the time comes, you’re ready.”
Last season, Carter saw ample playing time in his rookie campaign. He carried the ball 101 times for 377 yards and scored a pair of touchdowns.
Since suffering the rib injury in the Colts first preseason game in 2012, Carter has had to show his patience in rehabbing to get back on the field.
“It was definitely a tough situation to handle but you have to be professional about it,” Carter said. “You can’t have any hard feelings. You’ve got to go to work and you have to prepare to step in when you’re time is called.”
Carter’s number was called on Sunday afternoon. With the Colts facing a second-and-goal from the Packers three-yard line, Carter was at the top of the I-formation looking for his first carry of the season.
The play-action pass went incomplete but the Colts scored on the following play.
At 238 pounds, Carter knows he can bring an added element to the Colts power rushing attack and he is looking to regain the form of 2011 as his opportunities increase.
“It’s just another experience to grow from,” Carter said of his injury. “My preparation is different. I’m hungrier, not to say I wasn’t hungry before but I’m chopping at the bit to get out there and do well.”
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