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Report: Colts sign former Houston Texans’ second-round pick Ross Blacklock to practice squad

More defensive tackle depth incoming for the Indianapolis Colts.

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The Indianapolis Colts have signed former Houston Texans’ defensive tackle Ross Blacklock to their practice squad, the team announced on Tuesday.

To make room for the signing of Blacklock, Indianapolis released safety Henry Black from the practice squad.

A former second-round pick of Houston out of TCU, Blacklock spent two seasons with the Texans and recorded two sacks, 36 combined tackles, three tackles for loss and eight quarterback hits during that span.

Blacklock has also spent time with both the Jacksonville Jaguars and Minnesota Vikings, recording one sack, two combined tackles and one quarterback hit during his time with Minnesota.

The Colts are currently short-handed with their defensive tackle depth, as Grover Stewart continues to serve a six-game suspension for violating the NFL’s PED policy, and Eric Johnson II exited Sunday’s loss to the Cleveland Browns with an ankle injury and appears to be out for the foreseeable future.

We know how productive and crucial Stewart and Johnson II have been in helping Indianapolis stop opposing rushing attacks. The signing of Blacklock makes sense as the Colts await the return of both defensive tackles to their lineup later this season.