Ex-Lion Stevan Ridley signed by the Colts

The Detroit News

Running back Stevan Ridley, who was released by the Lions Thursday, has been signed by the Indianapolis Colts.

Lions running back Stevan Ridley

The Lions open the regular season in Indianapolis Sept. 11.

Ridley played sparingly for the Lions during the preseason. The former New England Patriots standout played only 26 snaps in the team's two exhibition contests, largely working with the third-team offense. He registered nine carries for 27 yards and caught a single pass for a gain of five.

He was signed in April to compete for a roster spot in the Lions' backfield, which became crowded with the emergence of rookie Dwayne Washington.

The third-round draft pick in 2011 rushed for 2,817 yards and 22 touchdowns during four seasons with the Patriots. He suffered an ACL tear during the 2014 campaign and wasn't re-signed by New England the following offseason. He spent last year with the New York Jets, appearing in just eight games and recording just 36 carries.