While the roster news on Monday included defensive end Drake Nevis and Jerraud Powers being placed injured reserve, there was some good behind those significant defensive losses.
Rookie nose tackle Josh Chapman was bumped up to the active roster following practicing with the team for the past three weeks.
After finally putting on pads in the NFL for the first time in late October, Chapman is now prepared to hit somebody other than his teammates.
“I’ve been ready to get back in there and I feel like my mind is ready to get back there,” Chapman said. “I’ve been testing (the knee) in practice and now I’m ready to test it in a game.”
Chapman tore his ACL 13 months ago but elected not to have surgery until completing his senior season at the University of Alabama.
Upon capturing his second National Title in three seasons, Chapman had surgery on his knee and it has been a trying offseason filled with mental reps.
Learning to play on two legs again for Chapman is an ever-going process, one he hopes will continue this weekend.
“I’m very, very anxious but at the same time you can’t let anxious get in the way,” the rookie nose tackle said.
“My confidence is there now it’s just about going out and testing this thing now. The way I see it is don’t hold back and just be relaxed. Keep your mind off your knee and just go play ball, back to what I love to do.”
His NFL debut might have come later than he wanted but then again not many players can say they have the chance to play their first game against Tom Brady.
“It will be really fun,” Chapman said “Watching (Brady) as a young kid, this is what you dream of playing on the big stage.”
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The Indianapolis Colts today activated nose tackle Josh Chapman from the Reserve/Non-Football Injury List and elevated tight end Kyle Miller from the practice squad to the active roster. The Colts placed defensive tackle Drake Nevis and cornerback Jerraud Powers on Injured Reserve.
Chapman, 6-0, 316 pounds, was originally selected by the Colts in the fifth round (136th overall) of the 2012 NFL Draft out of Alabama. During his 54-game collegiate career, Chapman was a part of two Crimson Tide National Championship teams (2009 and 2011) and produced 88 tackles (44 solo), 13.5 tackles for loss, 2.5 sacks and four passes defensed. As a senior, he contributed to a defensive unit that led the nation in total defense (183.6 ypg), rush defense (72.2 ypg) and scoring defense (8.2 ppg).
Miller, 6-5, 260 pounds, was signed by the Colts as a free agent on April 3, 2012. He was waived on August 31 and signed to the practice squad a day later. Miller was originally signed by the Jacksonville Jaguars as an undrafted free agent out of the University of Mount Union on July 26, 2011 before being waived on September 3. At Mount Union, Miller totaled 87 catches for 1,259 yards and 16 touchdowns in 47 games, while earning All-Ohio Athletic Conference first-team, All-North Region first-team and All-America honors.
Nevis, 6-1, 310 pounds, appeared in nine game this season (three starts), totaling 20 tackles (seven solo) and one sack. For his career, he has played in 14 games (three starts) and has recorded 39 tackles (16 solo), one sack and one pass defensed.
Powers, 5-10, 187 pounds, started in eight games this year and registered 45 tackles (34 solo), seven passes defensed and an interception. Over his four-year career, he has started all 42 games he’s played while making 220 tackles (165 solo), 32 passes defensed, seven interceptions, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery.
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Each week Colts.com will take a look at the rest of the AFC South and review the previous weekend’s games.
Titans 37, Dolphins 3
-The Titans head into their bye week fresh off their most dominating performance of the year. With quarterback Jake Locker back as the starting quarterback, the Titans struck quickly with a pair of first quarter touchdowns. Tennessee linebacker Colin McCarthy added to the scoring with a 49-yard interception return for a touchdown early in the second quarter to make the score 21-0. Titans running back Chris Johnson had 126 yards and a touchdown as Locker threw for two touchdowns. Tennessee forced four turnovers, including three interceptions of Dolphins quarterback Ryan Tannehill.
NEXT GAME: @Jacksonville, 11/25 at 1:00 EST
Colts 27, Jaguars 10
-Looking for a season sweep of the Colts, the Jaguars were stymied by a strong Indianapolis defense. The Colts had four sacks on the evening, forced three turnovers and held Jacksonville to just one-of-10 on third down. Jaguars quarterback Blaine Gabbert left the contest in the second half with a shoulder injury and backup Chad Henne came on in relief to lead Jacksonville on its lone touchdown drive of the evening. Henne found wide receiver Cecil Shorts III for a four-yard touchdown catch with just under 10 minutes left in the fourth quarter to cut the lead to 24-10, but the Colts carved out six-minute drive on the next possession that ended with an Adam Vinatieri 41-yard field goal.
NEXT GAME: @Houston, Sunday at 1:00 EST
Texans 13, Bears 6
-Thanks to a stout defensive performance, the Texans defeated the Bears during a downpour throughout much of the game in the Windy City. Houston’s defense forced four turnovers as Bears quarterback Jay Cutler did not return to the game after halftime due to a concussion. Houston running back Arian Foster had 29 carries for 102 yards and his two-yard touchdown reception late in the first half was the lone touchdown for either team on the evening. Houston will now have two games in four days starting on Sunday as the Texans have a Thanksgiving matchup with the Lions.
NEXT GAME: Jacksonville, Sunday at 1:00 EST.
2012 AFC South Standings
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