Originally Posted by Rey
First of all your number 2 is flawed. You don't have to sign anyone. You could always just activate a guy that has not been active.
For instance, if the texans thought ball could fill in for demps they could just activate Harris and not sign anyone.
But my guess is that they weren't comfortable with relying on ball or keo playing extended minutes or crunch time minutes so they went out and got a guy that knows the system already and they figured wouldn't embarrass them.
They signed Nolan which indicates that they're not comfy with that.
So the question is: What's the next step? Do they cut someone or do they IR someone? Because right now, we've got 54 bodies for 53 slots.
Also, your scenario has more to do with timing and length of injury than it does with the importance of the player.
Replace Matt forte or jay cutler with some back up dt that is heavy in the rotation and the situation is still the same.
Which is why I was saying you were right.