Colts bring in free-agent RB Stevan Ridley for visit

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Stevan Ridley #22 of the New York Jets tries to avoid the tackle of the Tennessee Titans in the first quarter during their game at MetLife Stadium on December 13, 2015 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – The Indianapolis Colts are exploring their options at upgrading Frank Gore’s supporting cast.

The team had veteran running back Stevan Ridley in for a visit Friday, a team source confirmed. first reported the news.

While the Colts routinely bring in players for a visit/workout, their interest in Ridley is genuine. However, he must prove he still can be a viable threat.

The 5-11, 220-pound Ridley rushed for 1,263 yards in 2012 and 773 in ’13 with New England before suffering a season-ending knee injury in October 2014.

Released by the Patriots prior to 2015, Ridley, 27, appeared in nine games with the New York Jets in ’15 and averaged just 2.5 yards on 36 carries. He signed a one-year contract with Detroit this offseason that included $250,000 in guarantees, but was released this week. Ridley played sparingly in two preseason games.

“Just like anything else that we do just in terms of evaluation process, we take a look at it and we go through our transactions and we make moves according to what we think is best for us,’’ Lions coach Jim Caldwell said. “He’s still got obviously some juice left and he’s a good player, just in our situation we just did what we think is best.’’

Robert Turbin and Jordan Todman currently sit behind Gore on the depth chart.

If the Colts opt not to sign Ridley, they probably will extend their search to when roster cuts begin. The first cut is Tuesday while the final cut to 53 is Sept. 3.

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