Colts Bring Back Tyjuan Hagler
Tyjuan Hagler, an outside linebacker/special teams players who spent much of 2005-2009 with the Colts, rejoined the team Wednesday. The Colts re-signed Hagler and released tight end Gijon Robinson.
Starting linebacker Clint Session has missed the past two games with a hamstring injury, and Session's replacement last week --- rookie linebacker Kavell Conner -- sustained a fractured foot that is expected to keep him out up to two months.
"It's definitely a good situation for me," Hagler said .
Colts coach Jim Caldwell said Wednesday there's a good chance Hagler will play against Jacksonville Sunday.
"It's always good when you can get someone back in the fold who has a pretty good sense of how we do things," Caldwell said.
Hagler, a fifth-round selection by the Colts in the 2005 NFL Draft, spent much of his Colts career either making a big contribution or hampered with injuries. He missed his rookie season, and after playing as a backup the following year, earned a starting role in 2007. He started three games in 2008, and after re-signing as a free agent in the 2009 offseason, surprised many when he beat out 2008 third-round selection Philip Wheeler for the starting strong-side linebacker role in the preseason.
He started seven games last season before a season-ending biceps injury. In all, he started 17 of 37 games in five seasons, but missed 43 games with injuries.
"That confidence is there," Hagler said. "As long as I'm on the field, I can play. I just have to get that opportunity. . . . I was definitely happy. It's always good to come back to a familiar organization and a great organization."
Hagler said he felt familiar with the Colts' defense immediately. During his first walkthrough Wednesday morning, he said he was calling out his fits in the defense quickly.
"It did seem like things are coming back pretty naturally," he said. "I'm definitely in a good position right now to know exactly what I'm doing if I was to step in on the field right now."
Hagler, who spent time with Seattle in training camp this season, said the time between teams has been "a little frustrating."
"But I always try to keep my mind free," he said. "The most frustrating part was when everybody keeps calling you, asking what's going on and all that stuff. I stopped answering my phone and stopped responding to texts. I just let everything take care of itself. I talked to a lot of guys who have been through that. It just seems like every minute seems like a month. You just try to stay positive, continue to pray, stay in shape and be ready."
The re-signing of Hagler makes sense, and it's not a reach to think he quickly could be a productive player for the Colts. The Colts always liked his ability, and when healthy, it was difficult to keep him off the field.