Indianapolis Colts places Hawaii’s DeForest Buckner on COVID-19 reserve list

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    Indianapolis Colts’ DeForest Buckner, 99, celebrates a fumble during the extension of an NFL football game against the Green Bay Packers on Nov. 22 in Indianapolis. A Punahou graduate from 2012, Buckner has been placed on the reserve / COVID-19 list and will miss Sunday’s game against the Tennessee Titans.

The Indianapolis Colts have placed Pro Bowl defensive gear and Punahou School graduate DeForest Buckner on the reserve / COVID-19 list.

Buckner will not be able to play on Sunday and will leave Indianapolis without his best run-stopper to face the Tennessee Titans. The teams are tied atop the AFC South.

Buckner’s 24 solo tackles are the second of the NFL’s most defensive tackles this season.

Indianapolis could also be without Buckner’s likely replacement, Denico Autry. He went on the reserve / COVID-19 list last week and Reich wasn’t sure Autry would return this weekend.

If Autry didn’t play, Tyquan Lewis would likely take Buckner’s place.

Buckner, who is from Waianae, stood out in football in Punahou, where he graduated in 2012.

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