Canadian DT Eli Ankou claimed off waivers by Indianapolis Colts

Photo courtesy: Matt Starkey/Cleveland Browns

Canadian defensive tackle Eli Ankou has found a new NFL home.

The Indianapolis Colts claimed him off waivers and added the Ottawa native to their 53-man roster.

Ankou was waived by the Cleveland Browns on Sunday just 24 hours after he was announced as a member of the team’s 53-man active roster. The six-foot-three, 325-pound nose tackle had impressed in training camp, but he was let go in favour of Vincent Taylor, a waiver claim from the Buffalo Bills.

Ankou signed with the Houston Texans after going unselected in the 2017 NFL draft. He joined the Jacksonville Jaguars after training camp and appeared in 11 games with the team over three seasons.

Claimed off Jacksonville’s practice roster last October, Ankou appeared in nine games for the Browns in 2019 and made two starts. He has recorded 26 career tackles and 1.5 sacks from the nose tackle position.

The 26-year-old was selected by his hometown Redblacks in the third round of the 2017 CFL draft following a standout career at UCLA. He joins fellow Canadian Carter O’Donnell, who made the Colts practice squad, in Indianapolis.

Ankou has earned over $2.36 million million while playing in the NFL and the Colts will provide a chance to add to his total.