Indianapolis Colts waive Canadian defensive lineman Eli Ankou

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The Indianapolis Colts have waived Canadian defensive lineman Eli Ankou.

The Colts claimed him off waivers on September 7 and added the Ottawa native to their 53-man roster. In a corresponding move, Indy activated defensive tackle Sheldon Day from injured reserve for the Colts game against Cincinnati on Sunday.

Day signed a one-year, $1.75 million contract with Indianapolis in March which included a $500,000 signing bonus and $1 million guaranteed.

Ankou was waived by the Cleveland Browns on Sunday, September 7, 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 October 2019, Ankou appeared in nine games for the Browns that season 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 with the Bruins in the Pac-12.

Ankou has earned over $2.36 million million while playing in the NFL.