This wasn't the way former Colts running back DeDe Dorsey envisioned his 2007 season beginning.
After earning a Super Bowl ring last season, he's going to be playing elsewhere this year with the early favorites being Cincinnati and Houston.
The second-year player out of Lindenwood University created some buzz in the Bengals' training camp last summer with his rushing speed and his ability to make big plays after the catch out of the backfield. But with the Bengals stacked with talent at the running back position, they had hoped to give him a year of experience on their practice squad.
When the Bengals waived the 5-foot-11, 196-pound running back in their final cuts last September, the Colts swooped in and added him to their roster. And Dorsey spent his rookie year working with Joseph Addai and Dominic Rhodes learning the Colts offense.
This year, with Rhodes now in Oakland, Dorsey was the odds-on favorite to be Addai's tandem partner. As training camp and the preseason progressed, Dorsey battled newcomers Kenton Keith and Clifton Dawson. But during the team's last preseason game, he was hobbled by a toe injury.
That's when things got really interesting for Dorsey and the Colts.
The team opted to put him on the waiver wire with an injury designation and then moved him to the injured reserve list, effectively ending his season. After consulting with a doctor, Dorsey opted for an injury settlement instead and was waived so he could play elsewhere this year.
"The doctor told me I should be running and able to tryout for teams in two weeks or less," Dorsey told Scout.com.
Since hitting the open market, his first NFL employer -- the Cincinnati Bengals -- have expressed interest in seeing him workout as soon as he's back to full speed. If they add Dorsey to their roster, they will have dealt a double-blow to the Colts after also claiming Clifton Dawson -- a young rookie Indianapolis had hoped to put on their practice squad this year -- on their roster.
The Texans have also made some preliminary inquiries about taking a look at him, which could pit Dorsey against his former teammates twice a season in the AFC South.
During his senior year at Lindenwood, Dorsey rushed for 1,600 yards and scored 18 rushing touchdowns. A special teams star, he blocked 16 kicks during his college career and is the only player in the history of the NAIA Heart of America Conference to be named first-team All-Conference on both offense and defense in the same season. He's also a capable kickoff returns specialist, as the Bengals learned year.
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