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Clifton Dawson | Running Back

Team: Houston Texans
Age / DOB:  (30) / 10/8/1983
Ht / Wt:  5'10' / 212
College: Harvard
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Texans waived/injured RB Clifton Dawson.
Dawson was no higher than fifth or sixth on the depth chart before he sprained his MCL early in camp. He'll continue to bounce around the league, but he won't have any fantasy value. Tue, Aug 4, 2009 08:34:00 AM

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Texans RB Clifton Dawson suffered a sprained MCL in the first practice of camp.

"It's not as bad as it could have been," coach Gary Kubiak said. Dawson is a long-shot to make the club, and the injury won't help matters.
Sun, Aug 2, 2009 09:02:00 AM

Texans signed RB Clifton Dawson, formerly of the Colts.

Undrafted FAs Arian Foster and Jeremiah Johnson must not have overwhelmed at minicamps, but Dawson isn't the solution. The Harvard grad lacks the size Houston is looking for and averaged just 2.1 YPC last year.
Tue, May 19, 2009 08:07:00 PM

Colts waived RB Clifton Dawson.

Undrafted out of Harvard, Dawson had mostly been a special teamer with the Colts. He averaged a scant 2.1 yards per carry on 30 carries in 2007 and has no future as a runner.
Source: Scout.com
Mon, Mar 23, 2009 10:30:00 AM

Colts placed RB Clifton Dawson (concussion) on injured reserve, ending his season.

They're left with Dominic Rhodes and Chad Simpson at tailback behind starter Joseph Addai. Mostly a special teamer, Dawson had 30 carries (2.1 YPC) in 2007 but none in 2008. He probably won't be on the club in 2009.
Thu, Nov 6, 2008 06:39:00 PM

Colts declared RB Clifton Dawson, CB Dante Hughes, CB Kelvin Hayden, C Steve Justice, LB Freddy Keiaho, WR Roy Hall, TE Tom Santi, and DT Daniel Muir inactive for Week 9 against the Patriots.

Indianapolis is unbelievably short on corners. Hayden was supposed to start this game, but with him and Hughes out the Colts are unlikely to have any answers for Randy Moss. Hughes is the starting nickel back. They are down to special teamers Keiwan Ratliff and Nick Graham opposite Tim Jennings. Keiaho's absence is another major blow at weak-side linebacker.
Sun, Nov 2, 2008 07:29:00 PM

Colts re-signed RB Clifton Dawson.

Joseph Addai's hamstring injury and Mike Hart's more serious knee injury have left the Colts with a lack of depth in the backfield. Dawson will provide depth in Hart's No. 3 running back role.
Wed, Oct 15, 2008 09:30:00 AM

Colts released RB Clifton Dawson, LB Marcus Richardson and K/P Adam Crossett.

Dawson was buried on the depth chart, and he always has that Harvard education to turn to. Richardson was a longshot to make the team and spare kickers like Crossett won't survive the cut to 75 on most teams.
Tue, Aug 26, 2008 06:57:00 PM

Colts re-signed RB Clifton Dawson.

Dawson would be no higher than fourth on the depth chart if he made the team (unlikely). Kenton Keith was absent from Colts practice Tuesday, indicating he may be the player axed to make roster room for Dawson.
Tue, Aug 12, 2008 01:09:00 PM

Colts waived RB Clifton Dawson.

The undrafted Ivy Leaguer had at least four running backs in front of him on the depth chart. The Colts needed his roster spot to re-sign kicker Adam Crossett for Saturday's game.
Sun, Aug 10, 2008 10:37:00 AM

Colts RB Clifton Dawson ran 10 times for 21 yards and a touchdown in Week 16 against the Texans.

Dawson, who's been active only a few times this season, saw increased action after Joseph Addai left at the end of the first half on a "coaches' decision." The undrafted Ivy Leaguer will likely play more in Week 17.
Sun, Dec 23, 2007 04:29:00 PM

Colts declared RB Clifton Dawson, DB Brannon Condren, WR Craphonso Thorpe, DL Dan Klecko, OG Dylan Gandy, DL Jeff Charleston, CB Michael Coe, and LB Victor Worsley inactive Monday night at Jacksonville.

They get SS Bob Sanders, WR Marvin Harrison, RB Joseph Addai, and LB Freddie Keiaho back after all missed Week 5 with injuries. TE Ben Utecht also returns. Dawson is Indy's third-stringer behind Addai and Kenton Keith.
Mon, Oct 22, 2007 07:30:00 PM

Clifton Dawson rushed eight times for 24 yards and caught one pass for nine yards in Week 5 against the Bucs.

Dawson served as Kenton Keith's backup with Joseph Addai out and looked solid in limited action. He figures to stick around as the No. 3 running back, but could be inactive on game days once Addai returns.
Sun, Oct 7, 2007 07:05:00 PM

Colts signed RB Clifton Dawson and waived T Michael Toudouze.

Toudouze was a fifth-round pick in 2006 and never made an impact. Dawson will be Indy's third back going forward. He's unlikely to see much playing time and may be deactivated on game days barring injuries ahead of him.
Fri, Sep 28, 2007 04:53:00 PM

Clifton Dawson says he's been signed to the Colts' active roster.

The undrafted rookie running back was waived by Cincinnati early in the week. If what he says is true, Dawson will be Indy's third-string tailback.
Fri, Sep 28, 2007 09:45:00 AM

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