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Brown blows chance to seize Colts’ RB job

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By Michael Blunda

The opportunity was there for Donald Brown to become a fantasy force, but he let it slip through his fingers.

With Joseph Addai (shoulder) out the past three games and Mike Hart (ankle) missing the last two, Brown was given a chance to strut his stuff as Indy's featured back. But instead of taking the ball and running with it, he turned in a bunch of ho-hum performances.

Over the past three games, Brown has rushed for just 116 yards and no TDs on 36 carries, good for a mere 3.2 yards per attempt. He has chipped in somewhat in the passing game, but not enough to make a huge difference. And when the Colts have neared the goal line, they have pulled Brown for undrafted rookie Javarris James, who has three TDs the past two weeks. It wasn't exactly what owners of the 2009 first-round pick were hoping for.

Now with Addai and Hart likely to return to the field in the near future, Brown is going to be stuck in some type of four-headed backfield, so his value is going to plummet. At this point, the Colts must be wondering if he is really cut out to be their long-term starter, as he certainly hasn't proven it yet.

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