The Indianapolis Colts announced today that the team has activated starting defensive tackle DeForest Buckner from the team’s Reserve/COVID-19 list—after the veteran defensive tackle had missed the team’s last game.
DT DeForest Buckner has been activated from the Reserve/COVID-19 list. pic.twitter.com/TQDLP5tZ4k— Indianapolis Colts (@Colts) December 4, 2020
The 26 year old veteran has made a very successful transition to playing in Indianapolis after being traded to the Colts this season, producing 2.5 sacks to go along with 40 tackles (23 solo) and 4 tackles for loss during 10 games (10 starts).
With the Colts having All-Pro DeForest Buckner back on the interior to disrupt consistently against both the run and pass, it has certainly helped the entire defensive line and create pressure from the front. Buckner’s return will be a massive plus against the Houston Texans on Sunday because the Colts were dominated by the Titans offensive line last weekend, without Buckner in the fold.
Buckner will slide in to his normal position at 3tech defensive tackle next to nose tackle (1tech) Grover Stewart. Buckner and Stewart had become a formidable pairing at the interior of the Colts defensive line this year.
The Colts will need to generate pressure from the defensive line against the Texans and Deshaun Watson who is known for his ability to use his legs to escape pressure and run.