TERRE HAUTE, Ind. — Fred Lane was only a member of the Indianapolis Colts for less than three months.
The shooting death of the career leading rusher for the Carolina Panthers left coach Jim Mora wondering who would be his backup running back as the Colts opened training camp Thursday.
Lane, obtained in an April trade with Carolina, had been impressive in mini-camp and summer workouts with his new team. Last week, Lane was fatally shot at his Charlotte home following an argument with his 25-year-old wife, Deidra. No charges have been filed in the shooting, which police say occurred in an apparent domestic dispute.
"Fred was an excellent addition. We really liked what we saw of Freddie," Mora said. "It's just a shame that the tragedy had to happen. He was going to play a lot for us."
The Colts were looking to Lane to provide some relief for Edgerrin James, the NFL's rushing leader with 1,553 yards, who also had 62 receptions for another 586 yards, while scoring 17 touchdowns as a rookie last year.
"He was a good football player that had been very productive in the league and he looked very impressive here," Mora said of Lane. "He was a guy you could put in a game and feel comfortable with."
Mora isn't sure who will assume Lane's role.
"We're looking into finding somebody to add to the roster," Mora said.
SportsLine.com reported Thursday night that the Colts have agreed to terms with Karim Abdul-Jabbar, the former UCLA running back who spent four seasons with Miami.