The Indianapolis Colts have signed former Steelers running back Jason Huntley, according to Tom Pelissero of NFL Network.
The Steelers have had a serious shakeup of their running back room early into training camp, and that included the release of Huntley last Tuesday.
Huntley, 25, joined the Steelers at the end of training camp in 2022, being signed to the practice squad on Sept. 2. He we released to make room for cornerback help, but ended up being brought back for the 2023 season without playing in a game.
The 5-foot-9, 195-pound New Mexico State alum was originally a fifth-round pick of the Detroit Lions in 2020. He was cut by the Lions before the start of the regular season, but caught on with the Philadelphia Eagles, where he stayed until being released at the end of training camp last season.
Huntley played five games with the Eagles in 2020 and one in 2021, rushing a total of 18 times for 70 yards and no touchdowns.
That move was one of many moves that have shaken up that room in the past few days. Rookie fullback Monte Pottebaum announced his decision to retire on Monday, the same day the Steelers got word that rookie undrafted free agent Alfonzo Graham is expected to miss the entire 2023 season.
The team signed two running backs last week, ex-Penn State running back John Lovett and former Detroit Lions rusher Greg Bell III. The team had one open spot on its 90-man roster thanks to Pottebaum’s retirement, but needed to clear another. The loss of Graham for the season only precipitated that even more.
The team’s depth chart at running back will now have starter Najee Harris, backup Jaylen Warren and third-teamer Anthony McFarland followed by rookie free agent Darius Hagans, Bell and Lovett, with one-third of the position group turning over since the start of training camp.