Colts sign Josh Thomas, release Vick Ballard from IR

AP

The Colts finished Monday night’s loss to the Jets with four cornerbacks on the shelf because of injuries and they made a move to add some experience to the group on Tuesday.

The team announced that they have signed Josh Thomas to the 53-man roster and waived cornerback Eric Patterson, who was elevated from the practice squad before Monday’s game. Greg Toler missed the game with a neck injury, Darius Butler was out with a hip injury, rookie D’Joun Smith is on injured reserve-return and Vontae Davis was forced out of the 17-7 loss after suffering a concussion.

Thomas spent the first three years of his career with the Panthers and then split the 2014 season between the Seahawks, Jets and Lions. That kind of movement pretty well sums up Thomas’s role in the NFL as the kind of player who fills out a roster, but who you’d prefer wasn’t playing in a prominent role in your secondary. The Colts might not have much of a choice if Toler, Butler and Davis remain sidelined, however.

The Colts also announced that they have released running back Vick Ballard from injured reserve with an injury settlement. Ballard has played in just one regular season game since 2012 and his inability to stay healthy may have cost him his best shot at a long NFL career.