The Indianapolis Colts announced earlier on Tuesday that the team has signed former Dallas Cowboys linebacker Chris Covington to their practice squad.
Originally selected by the Cowboys in the 6th round of the 2018 NFL Draft, Covington has recorded 3 tackles in 8 career games.
Of course, some Colts fans may remember Covington as a standout linebacker for Indiana University, where he was the Hoosiers’ 2017 Defensive Player of the Year and Honorable Mention All-Big Ten respectively.
At 6’2”, 245 pounds, Covington had been out of pro football so far this season, but as a local product from the Colts ‘own backyard’, perhaps they liked something they saw when scouting him previously.
Colts’ All-Pro linebacker Darius Leonard was forced to leave Sunday’s blowout win against the Las Vegas Raiders with a back injury, but he’s expected to be available this upcoming weekend against the Houston Texans.
However, core special teams linebacker Jordan Glasgow has recently been placed on the Colts’ Reserve/COVID-19 list, and his availability for Sunday’s game is currently unknown.
Covington could serve as a developmental linebacker on the Colts practice squad and additional positional depth—should they need it.