The Indianapolis Colts announced on Saturday that the team has activated wide receiver Michael Pittman Jr. off of injured reserve and waived fellow wideout Daurice Fountain Jr. in a corresponding move on their 53-man active roster.
Pittman Jr. has been out of action since Week 3, when the rookie wide receiver suffered a rare compartment leg syndrome injury in his calf and was declared out indefinitely following surgery shortly thereafter.
He has 9 receptions for 73 receiving yards (8.1 ypr. avg.) and 0 touchdown receptions during 3 games (1 start) on the season for the Colts.
At a listed 6’4”, 223 pounds, the Colts’ receiving corps has missed the big bodied rookie’s size as a possession target, downfield weapon, and in the red zone. He’s also a key physical run blocker along the perimeter. His return should be a big addition to the Colts offense.
Meanwhile, Fountain is a 2018 5th round pick of the Colts, who overcame a serious season-ending ankle injury in the team’s 2019 training camp, to be promoted to the team’s 53-man roster this season. He had 2 receptions for 23 receiving yards (11.5 ypr. avg.) in 4 games, as well as played a role on the Colts special teams units.
Fountain should be a key candidate to be re-signed to the Colts practice squad, assuming he ultimately clears league waivers.