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Stephen Holder of the Indianapolis Star said of Michael’s injury, “Saw this coming the way he went down yesterday. Didn’t look good.”
Pope appeared in four games last year for the New York Jets and Seattle Seahawks and tallied 12 carries for 44 yards, but Michael to the injured reserve was the notable roster move.
Indianapolis signed him this offseason in an effort to bolster a rushing attack that finished a mere 23rd in the league in yards per game in 2016. Michael appeared in 37 contests for the Seahawks, Dallas Cowboys and Green Bay Packers since Seattle used a second-round pick on him in 2013 and has 1,080 yards on 4.3 yards per carry.
The Colts can still turn to veteran Frank Gore after his 1,025 rushing yards last season, but he is 34 years old. Elsewhere, Robert Turbin notched just 164 rushing yards in 2016 but had a nose for the end zone, as evidenced by seven touchdowns in 47 carries.