Dan Herron RB IND 13 Days1 Comment

Herron has the inside track to the No. 3 running back spot, ESPN's Mike Wells reports.

Herron was the surprising star of Thursday's preseason opener against the Jets, catching six passes for 36 yards and a touchdown, and adding 26 yards on seven carries. His competition for the No. 3 role comes in the form of Zurlon Tipton and Phillip Tanner. The battle isn't insignificant, as the Colts' top two running backs -- Trent Richardson and Ahmad Bradshaw -- have both dealt with more than their fair share of injuries the last few seasons.

Dan Herron RB IND 9 Months

Colts placed RB Dan "Boom" Herron on injured reserve with a torn pectoral, ending his season.

The reserve runner managed 33 yards on four carries in Week 12, which is just one yard less than Trent Richardson has combined for the past two weeks. A sixth-round pick of the Bengals in 2012, Herron is not under contract for 2014, but will likely spend training camp with the Colts.

Dan Herron RB IND 11 Months

Colts signed RB Dan Herron off the Bengals practice squad.

A sixth-round pick of Cincy in 2012, Herron has appeared in just three NFL games. "Boom" will be the third running back behind Trent Richardson and Donald Brown with Ahmad Bradshaw (neck) done for the year.

Dan Herron RB IND 12 Months

Bengals signed RB Dan Herron, OT Reid Fragel, WR Cobi Hamilton, C T.J. Johnson, CB Chris Lewis-Harris, CB Onterio McCalebb, and LB J.K. Schaffer to their practice squad.

Herron will essentially be the Bengals' No. 5 back to open the season, behind BenJarvus Green-Ellis, Gio Bernard, Cedric Peerman, and Rex Burkhead. McCalebb is a blazing speedster the team is trying to convert to cornerback.

Dan Herron RB IND 12 Months

Bengals waived RB Dan Herron and LB J.K. Schaffer, and released OT Dennis Roland.

Roland is Cincinnati's longtime "jumbo" tight end and sometimes right-tackle starter. Herron was beaten out by Cedric Peerman and rookie Rex Burkhead.

Dan Herron RB IND Dec 04 '12

Bengals promoted RB Dan Herron from their practice squad.

A sixth-round rookie, "Boom" managed just 42 yards on 26 preseason carries with the Bengals. His elevation to the 53-man roster suggests Cedric Peerman's ankle sprain is of the nagging variety. Brian Leonard will likely take over as BenJarvus Green-Ellis' primary backup.

Dan Herron RB IND Oct 09 '12

The Bengals are not expected to call up RB Dan Herron from the practice squad despite Bernard Scott's season-ending injury.

Herron, a sixth-round rookie, still has "a ways to go," according to OC Jay Gruden. The Bengals will roll with Brian Leonard and Cedric Peerman behind starter BenJarvus Green-Ellis.

Dan Herron RB IND Aug 31 '12

Bengals waived or released RB Dan Herron, QB Zac Robinson, WR Vidal Hazelton, FB James Develin, FB Jourdan Brooks, TE Colin Cochart, OT Matt O'Donnell, OG Otis Hudson, and C Reggie Stephens.

Special teamer Cedric Peerman earned the final running back spot ahead of sixth-rounder Herron. Hazelton's releases leaves not only Mohamed Sanu and Marvin Jones on the roster, but also Ryan Whalen. The Bengals kept seven at the position.

Dan Herron RB IND Jul 16 '12

Bengals RBs Dan Herron and Cedric Peerman will battle for one roster spot in training camp.

The Bengals could also turn elsewhere if neither impresses, but for now Herron and Peerman are competing for one job behind BenJarvus Green-Ellis, Bernard Scott, and Brian Leonard. Beat writer Joe Reedy expects the No. 4 spot to come down to special teams production. It was a strength for Peerman last season, as he tied for second on the Bengals with 13 special teams tackles.

Dan Herron RB IND Jun 04 '12

Bengals sixth-round RB Dan Herron (foot) has shed his protective boot, and is expected to be ready for training camp.

He'll almost certainly sit out this month's minicamp, however. Herron is a bruiser at 5-foot-10, 213 pounds, but possesses ordinary skills as a ball-carrier, and isn't expected to contribute much outside of special teams or pass protection.