The Indianapolis Colts will place rookie NT Josh Chapman on the Injured-Reserved List today, according to Chapman's twitter account. The 5th-round pick out of Alabama is rehabbing from surgery to repair a torn ACL, an injury on which he played most of the 2011 season. Chapman started the season on the Colts Physically Unable to Perform list, but was recently moved to the active roster, in the hopes that he would be able to contribute down the stretch.
The Chapman news comes a day after the Colts lost starting DE Fili Moala to a knee injury of his own, leaving the Colts with no depth along the defensive line. No word yet on what signings the Colts will make to fill the open roster spots.
Chapman going on IR marks the official end to "Chapmas." After the jump, read the hit poem, "The Grigson who Stole Chapmas" by Colts Authority Reader Garrison!
The Grigson who Stole Chapmas
Every Hoosier Down in Hoosierville Liked Chapmas a lot...
But the Grigson, Who lived just North of Hoosierville, Did NOT!
The Grigson hated Chapmas! The whole Chapmas season! Now, please don't ask why. No one quite knows the reason. It could be that his helmet didn’t fit on quite right. It could be, perhaps, that his cleats were too tight. But I think that the most likely reason of all May have been that his D-line was two sizes too small.
But, Whatever the reason, the line, or his cleats, He stood there on Chapmas Eve, hating the Hoosiers, Staring down from his cave with a sour, Griggsy frown At the warm lighted windows below in their town. For he knew every Hoosier down in Hoosierville beneath Was busy now, hanging a horseshoe wreath.
"And they're hanging their stockings!" he snarled with a sneer. "Tomorrow is Chapmas! It's practically here!" Then he growled, with his Grig-fingers nervously drumming, "I MUST find a way to keep Chapmas from coming!" For, tomorrow, he knew...
...All the Hoosier girls and boys Would wake up bright and early. They'd rush for the game! And then! Oh, the blame! Oh, the blame! Blame! Blame! Blame! That's one thing he hated! The BLAME! BLAME! BLAME! BLAME!
Then the Hoosiers, young and old, would sit down for their treat. And they'd tweet! And they'd tweet! And they'd TWEET! TWEET! TWEET! TWEET! They would start on Arians, and rare 4th-down-calls, Which was something the coach couldn't stand quite at all!
Would not be against giving Amobi Okoye a shot as a 3-4 DE, he was someone I was interested in this offseason, I think it was kid of hard for him to standout in Chi's defense, but he seems quick enough and strong enough to be versatile in our 3 and 4 man fronts...
In other news, Grigson used his IR to return designation on a player who is currently assigned to our practice. Hooray for Seth Olsen!
They signed 6 foot 6 inch 339-pound land-mass nose tackle Kellen Heard, claimed him off waivers from St Louis. Keep in mind, this large gentleman was out of place with the Rams, who run a Jeff Fisher 4-3 with lots of cover 2.
It's a depth move, since Chapman wasn't playing anyway, so we may never know if he's a good fit or just a really fat dude.
Who was the guy cut by the steelers? He is a 350 lb. defensive tackle. I would take a flier on Babin because of the Eagle connection. Lets give a shout out to the colts cheerleaders, a class act on there part.
Philly just released Justin Babin, I wonder will Grigson look at signing him off of waivers since he was a Philly guy? It may somehow fill a void left by Fili Moala.
Damn, though I think it was a stretch to think he could come in and make an impact. When we make the playoffs we are going to get thrown around on defense. Hope a FA can help us.
Really, it is probably for the best. As much as I would have liked to see Chapman play, I think nose tackle in the NFL is probably one of the hardest positions to come in as a rookie and have an impact. It is just so physical in there and all NFL lineman are just so unbelievable strong. I can't imagine just plugging a rookie with no training camp into a game week 13 and expecting anything good to happen.
@paulcareyjr Good question. He got bounced from Houston when they turned to a 3-4, but it's really a different system here than under Phillips. He was theoretically a run stopping DT, so maybe he can handle the transition. He is only 25 still because of how young he was when he came into the league
@horseshoe19 Alameda Ta'amu? He's on the Steelers PS, but he also had a little DUIsky a few months ago where he clipped half a dozen cars and injured a driver. That's probably not going to turn out very well
Babin had 18 sacks last year... certainly worth a look, but I don't think he's the right fit (but better than fielding ten guys on D!). Amobi Okoye cut today as well. Is that two former 1st round picks? Or, as Chris Collinsworthless would say, "Two Number one Picks." No, Chris, they were like #10 and #20, but thanks for playing. In his mind, every first rounder is a number one and every game he calls seems to feature a handful of number ones... Man has to learn him some communication skills. /rant
@paulcareyjr I thought he signed with the Ravens. I could be wrong, though, would have to go check...
@MarcusDugan Ah, you're right, it was Yeats! But don't laugh at me--I always get those two confused.
@paulcareyjr Whoops, take that back; I screwed up. Baltimore is who *released* him so Indy could sign him back then. D'oh...
@Bobman1 Well, I was gonna go with "When I have fears that Chapmas will cease to be," but okay. Yeats it is. The Chapmas Twighlight (The Celtic Twilight) Chapmas drops in decay Like a candle burnt out. And the Jones-Drews and Fosters Have their day, have their day; But, kindly old Chapmas Of the fire-born moods, You pass not away.