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“Back-Up of the Game” is defensive lineman Jeris Pendleton

Posted by Kevin Bowen on December 30, 2013 – 5:05 pm

This week’s “Back-Up of the Game” presented by Venyu is defensive lineman Jeris Pendleton.

A thin Colts defensive line got even thinner on Sunday when veteran Aubrayo Franklin went down with a knee injury.

So there were Colts fans heading straight for their programs to find out who No. 61 was eating up space in the middle of the defensive front.

Jeris Pendleton was called up to the Colts active roster earlier this week and played a total of 40 defensive snaps on Sunday.

“It’s like a dream come true, just to come in and be apart of this organization that’s going into the playoffs,” Pendleton said after Sunday’s win.

“To get called up and contribute that’s a blessing in disguise. It felt good to go out there and actually go out there with these guys.”

Pendleton’s journey to the NFL is a story in itself.

He was signed to the Colts practice squad earlier this month before injuries to Cory Redding and Ricky Jean Francois forced a season finale call up.

“It’s been pretty crazy (smiles), trying to work on the practice squad and learn the playbook at the same time.”

“Actually getting pulled up and thrown out there, you’ve got to go with the flow. I’ve got guys on the d-line that is helping me out all the time, just telling me certain thing and helping me out when I don’t know something. It’s pretty crazy but at the same time they keep me sane though.”


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