The Indianapolis Colts today signed free agent running back Michael Hill to the active roster and placed guard Hugh Thornton on Injured Reserve.
Hill, 5-10, 210 pounds, re-joins the Colts after spending time on the team’s practice squad in November 2014. He was then signed to the Washington Redskins practice squad on December 9. Hill was originally signed by the San Diego Chargers as an undrafted free agent on April 27, 2013 and also spent time with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the Green Bay Packers before joining the Colts. As a rookie in 2013, he played in eight games and rushed for 23 yards on nine carries and caught two passes for 23 yards. He also returned one kickoff for 19 yards. Hill finished his collegiate career at Missouri Western State as the school’s all-time leader in rushing yards (4,969), all-purpose yards (5,851), rushing attempts (928) and 100-yard rushing games (20). As a senior in 2012, he led the nation (Division II) with a school-record 2,168 yards on 311 carries (7.0 avg.). Hill finished as the runner-up for the Harlon Hill Award, given to the nation’s top player in Division II.
Thornton played in 10 games, making eight starts in 2014. He was inactive for six regular season games and one postseason contest. For his two-year career, Thornton has made 24 appearances with 20 starts and has started two postseason games. He was originally selected by the Colts in the third round (86th overall) of the 2013 NFL Draft out of Illinois.
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