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Josh Chapman healthy again, working with Colts starters

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After red-shirting his rookie year, Colts nose tackle Josh Chapman is apparently well and ready to win a starting job.

Last year’s fifth-round pick didn’t play because of a knee injury suffered in college, but according to the team’s official website, is healthy and will be working with the first team when OTAs start next week.

I’m full go. I’m 100 percent,” Chapman said. “I’ll be right out there with them.”

“It has been a long time coming. I haven’t been away from the game this long ever in my life. It’s an anxious kind of feeling. Just being able to put the pads on again and feel that extra thump is good.”

A torn ACL — which he played on most of his senior season at Alabama — and meniscus damage caused him to start last season on the physically unable to perform list. And though he practiced a bit, he was never activated. Now, they think he’s ready to play a significant role in the middle of a revamped defense.

He has impressed teammates in his short time, with Robert Mathis already giving him a unique nickname.

“He’s his own guy. He’s a guy who has been in the middle,” Mathis said. “I like to call him, ‘Thug in the trenches, TNT.’ He does his job and takes pride in it. You can’t ask for anything more.

“I learned enough last year from him in practice to know why he got drafted where he did. He’s a stout force. You’re not going to move him, and he knows his job description. You’re not going to knock him out. He does it, and he takes pride in doing it.  That’s going to help us a lot.”

The Colts were 29th in the league against the run last year, so any amount of help is needed. But Chapman was excellent in college, and if the knee problem is a thing of the past, the Colts may have what amounts to an extra rookie starter this year.

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8 Responses to “Josh Chapman healthy again, working with Colts starters”
  1. IBleedBlueBitchez says: May 17, 2013 3:36 PM

    The Colts are so awesome. I feel so sorry for the other teams in the league.

  2. peytonsneck18 says: May 17, 2013 3:40 PM

    hes gonna be a beast this year!!! plug those hole TNT!!!

  3. karlton3 says: May 17, 2013 4:09 PM

    “A torn ACL — which he played on most of his senior season at Alabama”

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    Wow, that’s pretty badass.

  4. bracychiquitachiquita35 says: May 17, 2013 4:59 PM

    Way to go Josh, so happy for you!!!!!

  5. coltsfreek says: May 17, 2013 5:02 PM

    I really think the wait will be well worth it. Fully healthy he easily would have been at least a 2nd Rd pick last year.

  6. therealbleedcoltsblue says: May 17, 2013 5:49 PM

    Translation: The days of running the ball against the Colts defense successfully are OVER.

    Arians Foster, Chris Johnson, and Maurice Jones-Drew you have been warned.

    Go Colts!

  7. peytonsneck18 says: May 17, 2013 6:28 PM

    him coming back is like the 2nd rounder we lost in the davis trade, cause chapman wouldve been at least a 2nd rounder this year

  8. eddardofthehousestark says: May 18, 2013 12:59 AM

    “I learned enough last year from him in practice to know why he got drafted where he did. ” Says Mathis. Ummmm…he was a 5th round pick. Are you implying that he’s not very good, Bobby?

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