Originally posted on 60 Max Power O  |  Last updated 10/24/12
The Indianapolis Colts have struggled in the middle of their defensive line, both against the run and in putting pressure on the quarterback by limiting the pocket. The return to practice of rookie fifth round pick Josh Chapman could bring some welcome relief to a position beset by injuries.   At 6'0" and 316 pounds, Chapman has the physical stature of the prototypical 304 nose tackle. In the mold of Pittsburgh's Casey Hampton and Baltimore's Haloti Ngata, the Colts have high hopes that Chapman can anchor the defensive line for years to come.   Chapman was drafted out of Alabama this year and slid to the fifth round because he was coming off knee surgery performed after last season's title run for the Crimson Tide. Chapman played with a torn ACL and meniscus from Oct. 1 onward save for one game where he sat out. His ability to disrupt opposing offenses by clogging the middle and collapsing the pocket was a major reason for Alabama's success. Chapman was part of two national championship teams at Alabama and was part of a unit that led the nation in total defense last season.   Antonio Johnson has been anchoring the nose tackle position, but his main backup, Martin Tevaseu, has been sidelined with injuries forcing the Colts to bring in Antonio Dixon to spell Johnson. Other injuries to Cory Redding and Fili Moala have affected both the depth and effectiveness of the defensive line. If the Colts could get more consistent play from that group, it would free up their linebacking corps to make more explosive plays.   The Colts will have up to three weeks from today to elevate Chapman to the 53-man active roster or he will remain on the Reserve/Non-Football Injury List for the rest of the season.     Check out other great articles at Sports Media 101. var switchTo5x=true; stLight.options({publisher:''});
GET THE YARDBARKER APP:
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Ohio State sets NFL Draft record; rundown of where every player ended up

Timeless Tim: NBA star says Spurs' Duncan could play until he's 90

NFL analyst Mel Kiper Jr's secret to longevity: Pumpkin pie

Carmelo Anthony not sure if he’ll play in 2016 Rio Olympics

Report: Ravens would have taken Tunsil if not for video

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Steve Kerr won’t rule out early Stephen Curry return

WATCH: Jaylon Smith finding out he's headed to the Cowboys

Bills take OSU QB Cardale Jones Saturday, ups Buckeyes count to 12

Florida Gov. Jeb Bush epically fails trying to call out Dwyane Wade

DeMarcus Cousins says his feet bother him more every year

Winners and losers: Day Two of the NFL Draft

WATCH: Brooks Orpik lays a high and late hit on Olli Maatta

WATCH: Arizona linebacker Scooby Wright gets drafted, loses mind

Manny Pacquiao is "alarmed" by terrorist kidnapping plot in Philippines

Luke Walton is playing by his own rules as Lakers new head coach

Paul Pierce says he’s ’50-50′ on retirement

Luke Walton: Lakers will not run the triangle offense

Dolphins think they know who dimed out Laremy Tunsil

NFL commish Goodell says "bring it on" to Draft boo birds in Chicago

Snapchat, BuzzFeed team up to deliver video highlights of Summer Games on social

A Trail of wise decisions led the Blazers past the Clippers

Okay, who stole the Kansas City Royals player off that billboard?

WATCH: Clippers guard Rivers returns to game after 11 stitches to eye

NFL 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

Okay, who stole the Kansas City Royals player off that billboard?

Eight players to watch in Round 2 of the Stanley Cup Playoffs

A Round-By-Round Look At the NFL Draft

10 biggest takeaways from the NBA playoffs thus far

QUIZ: Name every No. 1 overall pick in the NFL Draft since 1985

NHL postseason Round 2 quick hits: Sharks vs. Predators

NHL postseason Round 2 quick hits: Blues vs. Stars

NHL postseason Round 2 quick hits: Capitals vs. Penguins

10 bold predictions for the first round of the NFL Draft

NHL postseason Round 2 quick hits: Lightning vs. Islanders

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