Whether the addition of Branch was just to shore up the depth or to give the Patriots something extra to think about remains uncertain. But Pagano thinks that the veteran NFL receiver will be able to contribute to the Colts if and when needed.
“He’s a smart guy and he’s been in couple different [offensive] systems. West Coast system in Seattle. Matt [Hasselbeck] has some familiarity with him. I think it will be a seamless transition for him. Again time will tell on that when we get him in here, get him in meetings and get him out there [on the practice field],” the Colts coach said.
“It’s just probably from a terminology standpoint. I’m sure he’s run all the concepts that we’ve run. Now it’s just a matter of becoming familiar with the play calls and the terminology, which I don’t think he’ll have a problem with.”
In one other roster move, defensive tackle Christian Tupou was released from the Colts’ practice squad. Tupou had been signed late last week.
Toler, Moala to injured reserve -- Cornerback Greg Toler (groin) has been placed on injured reserve. Toler has been bothered by a strained groin since the Colts Oct. 20 game with Denver. He missed several weeks of practice and games but was brought back four weeks ago against Kansas City.
The veteran defensive back saw limited work against the Chiefs and Jaguars. Toler started against Kansas City in the AFC wild-card playoff game but was limited. He was taken out of the game after giving up a 63-yard pass to wide receiver Dwayne Bowe and a 71-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Donnie Avery.
Defensive tackle Fili Moala (knee) has been placed on injured reserve. Moala was hurt against Jacksonville in the final regular season game. He experienced swelling in his knee last week and did not play against Kansas City in the Colts’ AFC wild-card playoff game. Team doctors recommended shutting him down for the season.