Jabin Sambrano spent nearly a month on the Indianapolis Colts’ injured reserve list until his release in September; now the former Griz has a new lease on his NFL life.
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers signed the receiver to their practice squad on Wednesday.
Sambrano announced he was headed to the Bucs via Twitter and Facebook, and the Buccaneers tweeted that Sambrano had been added to their practice squad.
The Colts gave Sambrano, a 5-foot-11, 175-pounder out of Temecula, Calif., a shot first, after he had a huge senior season for the Griz.
He scored 14 touchdowns – 10 via reception plus a 96-yard kickoff return, a 43-yard punt return and scoring runs covering 80 and 28 yards – in 2011 and was named first-team all-Big Sky Conference at kick returner.
The Colts signed him to a free-agent contract and on Aug. 31 Sambrano, who was suspected of having a concussion, was placed on injured reserve. The Colts released him three weeks later, on Sept. 19.
He caught one pass for 2 yards for the Colts in the preseason, returned two punts a total of 6 yards and had four kick returns for an average of 26.8 yards. He also had one tackle on special teams.
Sambrano left UM tied for 10th in school history with 19 career TD catches and second with 1,687 career kickoff return yards.
Tampa Bay, 6-8, plays host to the St. Louis Rams at 11 a.m. Sunday.
The Rams boast two of Sambrano’s college teammates: Trumaine Johnson is a rookie cornerback and running back Chase Reynolds is on their practice squad.