Colts re-sign Allen, waive Newton

Updated: October 15, 2003, 7:39 PM ET

INDIANAPOLIS -- The Indianapolis Colts re-signed running back Brian Allen Wednesday and waived offensive linemen Jim Newton.

Allen was one of the Colts' three sixth-round draft picks in 2002 and was the team's leading rusher during the preseason. But he was released in September and signed to the practice squad.

He was waived a second time before the Colts played New Orleans on Sept. 28. Allen said on Wednesday that he had been working out in Indianapolis since then, hoping for another chance.

Coach Tony Dungy said the Colts needed a running back because Ricky Williams, the starter the last three weeks, could miss two weeks because of a sprained right ankle.

Indianapolis is hopeful Edgerrin James, the NFL's rushing champ in 1999 and 2000, will return for the Houston game on Oct. 26 after missing three games. The Colts have a bye this week.

Newton, a rookie free agent, was activated off the practice squad for Sunday's game because the Colts' two starting tackles -- Ryan Diem and Tarik Glenn -- were inactive. Newton did not play Sunday against Carolina.

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