Canadian DT Eli Ankou claimed off waivers by Houston Texans

A Canadian defensive tackle is heading back to where it all began for him in the NFL.

Eli Ankou was claimed off waivers on Monday by the Houston Texans (1-5) and will join the team immediately. The Ottawa native was waived by the Indianapolis Colts (4-2) on Saturday.

Ankou signed with the Texans after going unselected in the 2017 NFL draft out of UCLA. He was waived at the end of training camp before being claimed by the Jacksonville Jaguars. He played two seasons with the team before spending most of last year with the Cleveland Browns.

Photo courtesy: Matt Starkey/Cleveland Browns

It’s been a whirlwind season for Ankou, who originally made the 53-man active roster with the Browns in September. He was waived the next day and before being claimed by Indianapolis. This makes Houston his third different NFL team in six weeks.

The six-foot-three, 325-pound defender has appeared in twenty NFL games, recording 26 total tackles, two tackles for loss, and 1.5 sacks. He will now look to make an impact alongside J.J. Watt on the Texans’ defensive line.

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