Jones joins a backfield in Indianapolis that includes Frank Gore, Robert Turbin and rookie Marlon Mack.

When he met the media before practice, Garrett refused to back down from his statement in the spring that he hoped to take down Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger.

“Stand by it,” Garrett said. “You shouldn’t be scared to take anybody down.”

“I’ve been playing this game for 14 years now,” Roethlisberger said Wednesday. “He’s not the first or the last one to talk about trying to get me. I’m just blessed to have a group in front of me to help protect that. … I know they are always up for the challenge. They always want to protect me, open up things in the run game. They take pride in being the best in the business and that’s what I think they are.”

Jones rushed for 950 yards and six touchdowns in his two seasons in Washington. One of his biggest problems was an inability to hold onto the ball. He fumbled seven times with the Redskins, losing six of them. The six lost fumbles tied Melvin Gordon of the Chargers for the most over the past two seasons.

Schwenke, signed by the Colts as a free agent in March, started 28 games over the past four seasons with the Tennessee Titans.

The other players claimed by the Colts were defensive backs Pierre Desir (Seattle) and Kenny Moore (New England), offensive lineman Ian Silberman (Oakland) and receiver Matt Hazel (Washington).

The other players let go Sunday were tackle Zach Banner and safety Ronald Martin (both waived) and tight end Brandon Williams (released).rockets_024

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