The Indianapolis Colts got a boost today in their matchup with division rival Houston Texans. After the Texans kicked a field goal midway through the third quarter to take a 16-14 lead over the Colts, Indianapolis returner Deji Karim returned the ensuing kickoff 102 yards to put the Colts back ahead.
The return tied Preston Pearson who like Karim returned a 102 yard kick off on November 10th, 1968. That’s two yards short of the franchise record from Buddy Young when he returned a kick 104 yards against Philadelphia in 1953.
Karim, was brought in a few weeks ago by the Colts to help the injury depleted backfield. Backups Donald Brown and Delone Carter were out for the remainder of the regular season and needed someone to come in and help carry the load. He’s making his presence known on the special teams and could have solidified his spot on the roster for the playoffs.
This frees up T.Y. Hilton and Cassius Vaughn who normally return the kickoffs and can allow them to not get banged up. Karim can help the Colts in the return game and be a threat for good field position. Those are the intangibles that can lead to victories in the postseason.