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Colts spotlight: Tashard Choice ready to hit ground running

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The newly added running back could see action vs. Houston

Sunday, December 15, 2013 - 12:01 am

The Indianapolis Colts keep losing running backs to injuries, presenting opportunities for players like Tashard Choice.

Choice, who played earlier this season with the Buffalo Bills, was signed by the Colts this week after the team lost Chris Rainey to an injury.

He could be part of special teams and the offense as the Colts (8-5) play the Houston Texans (2-11) at 1 p.m. Sunday in Lucas Oil Stadium.

Here's a quick look at Choice:

Ht: 5-10; Wt: 210; Age: 29; College: Georgia Tech; How acquired by Colts: Signed as free agent this week.

Fast facts: Has played in 85 career games (four starts) over six seasons with the Dallas Cowboys (2008-2011), Washington Redskins (2011) and Buffalo Bills (2011-13). …Career totals of 361 rushing attempts for 1,535 yards and 10 touchdowns, along with 80 receptions for 569 yards. …In 12 games with Buffalo this season, Choice rushed 35 times for 126 yards and caught four passes for 10 yards. …He rushed 19 times for 100 yards with the Cowboys against the Colts in 2010. …Known for being difficult for one defender to tackle.

Choice on what he can bring to the Colts: First I know I'll be on special teams, so making sure I help out on that. Be a leader, a guy in the locker room that's positive. Help out on the offensive side of the ball, whatever they ask me to do. It's going to be anything, really. I'm excited about the opportunity and being here.”

Colts coach Chuck Pagano on how they'll use Choice on Sunday: “He's been in the league. He's got a bunch of carries and yards and a few touchdowns. He's a smart guy. He's played special teams. And so we'll see how fast we can implement him into the system, how fast he can pick up things, again, both from a special teams standpoint and as a third running back.”

Choice on being excited to join a playoff-bound team: “Absolutely. That's what it's all about, getting into the playoffs where everybody's even. Trying to go for that big prize at the end. It's always good to have an opportunity to play in the playoffs. There's nothing better.”

Choice on whether he might return kicks, which Rainey was doing: “No, not return. I may block more. Lead blocking. That's what I do more on special teams. I don't know about necessarily returning the football. But, I know on the offensive side of the ball and returns and on punt team I'm doing different things.”

Choice on how he viewed the Colts before joining the team: It's hard for me to see, but from what I hear from the guys, they're ready to get on track this week. Everybody's really focused. That was the message for the day. Make sure we come out and be great this afternoon and start it off because it's right around the corner. You want to get hot before the playoff run.”