Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 11/13/12
Heading into Sunday's highly anticipated road game with the New England Patriots, the Indianapolis Colts announced some major roster moves Monday afternoon. The Colts activated rookie nose tackle Josh Chapman off the team's reserve/non-football injury list and added him to the team's 53-player regular-season roster. Chapman is a 6-foot, 316-pound defensive lineman who was a fifth-round pick by Indianapolis in April. A former All-Southeastern Conference and All-America performer at the University of Alabama, Chapman had been sidelined since undergoing knee surgery in January. He had been hurt in a game with the University of Florida last fall but opted to put off surgery until after the season was over. The Hoover, Ala., native was unable to practice with the Colts last spring, in training camp or when the regular season began. Chapman had shown enough improvement through his rehabilitation process, however, to be cleared three weeks ago to begin limited on-the-field work. Had Indianapolis officials opted not to activate Chapman this week, he would have been relegated to the reserve/non-football injury list for the remainder of the year. His first National Football League game experience won't be easy as he will face off against a veteran Patriots offensive line. But interim coach/offensive coordinator Bruce Arians thinks Chapman will be able to contribute to the Colts' defense. "Yeah I think he could play in a limited role from what we've seen. We're healthy at that position so there's no forcing the issue," Arians said. Chapman can't wait to get back to playing in a real game situation. He hasn't played in a game since Alabama's national championship game against LSU on Jan. 9. "(The knee is feeling) way better than it has been. And the best way to find out is to test it," he said Monday, adding that stamina may be an issue early at first. "Every day gets better. I'm ready to get back in there. I feel like my mind's ready to get back in there. I've been testing it in practice, so now it's time to test it in a game. I've just been waiting for the medical staff and the coaching staff to make a decision. I'm very anxious, but at the same time you can't let that anxiousness get in the way." In other roster news, the Colts placed cornerback Jerraud Powers (toe) and defensive tackle Drake Nevis (hand) on injured reserve. Powers and Nevis will both miss the rest of the season. It's the third straight year that Powers has ended up on injured reserve and the second straight for Nevis. Powers was hurt against Miami two weeks ago. Nevis, meanwhile, was sidelined in the second quarter of last Thursday night's game with Jacksonville. The final player move announced Monday had tight end Kyle Miller being signed back to the active roster from the practice squad. Miller had been with the Colts during organized team activities and training camp.
GET THE YARDBARKER APP:
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Rickie Fowler taunted by fans over his ex-girlfriend

Roger Goodell speaks about future of Pro Bowl in annual address

Mike Krzyzewski provides an update on his health

Sacramento Kings seriously considering firing George Karl

Rick Pitino says school should be penalized, 'but not this team'

Mavericks owner Mark Cuban defends hack-a-player strategy

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Jameis Winston awarded Pepsi NFL rookie of the Year

Trade Rumors: Clippers ‘reluctant’ to deal injured Blake Griffin

Bright future for Minnesota Timberwolves

Eli and Archie Manning say Peyton won’t likely leave Denver if he plays in 2016

NCAA mulls changes to graduate transfer and targeting rules

Cavs active in NBA trade market, covet Jared Dudley

Torrey Smith: ‘This is probably the best offense’ for Kaepernick

Byron Scott thought D’Angelo Russell would be further along

Under-the-radar Super Bowl 50 matchups

Is Tim Lincecum's run with the San Francisco Giants done?

$40,000 in Super Bowl tickets stolen from San Francisco hotel

Rams fan makes Super Bowl commercial ripping Stan Kroenke

Panthers LB wants 'clown' Rodney Harrison off the air

Jason Reid: Tom Brady will play at least three more years

Kirk Cousins says he has ‘very good relationship’ with RG3

Super Bowl 50 ticket prices are insane

Take a moment to appreciate the greatness of Cam Newton

4-Star 2018 quarterback Matt Corral commits to USC

QUIZ: Name every NFL regular season MVP

All Sports News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
the YARDBARKER app
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

The 14 biggest plays in Super Bowl history

Five outrageous predictions for Super Bowl 50

QUIZ: Name the winning starting quarterback from every Super Bowl

The top six matchups that could decide Super Bowl 50

Seven unheralded players set to make major impacts in SB 50

10 underrated performances in the NBA Slam Dunk Contest

X-factors in Super Bowl 50

NHL nightmare: No Canadian teams in playoff hunt

QUIZ: Name the Super Bowl halftime performers since 1991

Manziel's father fears for QB's life

Today's Best Stuff
For Publishers
Company Info
Help
Follow Yardbarker