Chapman on his way to Indy

The Colts waived defensive tackle Jason Stewart on Wednesday to make room for a running back.

ColtPower has learned that defensive tackle Jason Stewart has been waived from the active roster for the second time this season. Stewart was waived during the first weekend following final roster cuts, but was re-signed to the roster last week.

The Colts have picked running back Kory Chapman off of the New England Patriots practice squad. Chapman had an impressive preseason in New England and spring in NFL Europe.

Chapman averaged 5.7 yards per carry in NFL Europe and scored five times. His 718 rushing yards mark was second-best in the league. He also had 154 yards receiving. But the other dimension that Chapman possesses that is badly needed by the Colts is his kickoff return talent. He averaged 21.0 yards per return this past spring, seventh-best in the league.

During the preseason with the Patriots, Chapman posted rushed 20 times for 105 yards (5.3 yds/carry) and caught 3 passes for 26 yards. But oddly enough, he didn't see any action as their kickoff returner.

Chapman played his collegiate ball at Jacksonville State. During his senior year, he averaged 107.1 yards per game rushing, but caught just six passes the entire season. The 6'2, 202-pound running back was signed as an undrafted free agent by the Ravens in 2004. After his release, the Patriots signed him to their practice squad.

Prior to the final roster cuts, Fred Kirsch, Patriots Football Weekly Publisher/Editor-in-Chief picked Chapman as the surprise player who would make the 53-man roster in an article at Patriots.com. While his prediction didn't come true, it's an indication of how highly Chapman was thought of by someone who follows the team very closely.

Chapman will be assigned to the active roster and is likely to see some special teams work this weekend. He's the second Patriots player the Colts have added to their roster in the past month. Safety and special teams player Dexter Reid also came to Indy via New England.


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