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KICKOFF: Sunday, 4:05 ET
TV: FOX, Kenny Albert, Daryl Johnston, Tony Siragusa
PREDICTION: Colts 26, Bucs 24 (Matthew Postins).
SERIES: 11th meeting. Colts lead the series, 6-4. The last meeting came in 2003, when the Colts visited the defending Super Bowl champion Bucs at Raymond James Stadium. It was Tony Dungy's first return visit to Tampa with the Colts. Indianapolis trailed by 21 points in the fourth quarter but Peyton Manning led the Colts to three touchdowns in the final five minutes before winning the game in overtime 38-35.
KEYS TO THE GAME: KEYS TO THE GAME: Bucs QB Jeff Garcia is adept at moving in the pocket, and he'll need to be with LT Donald Penn making his first NFL start and matched up against Colts DE Dwight Freeney. Penn will receive help on obvious passing downs from a tight end and/or running back. With RB Cadillac Williams out for the season, Michael Pittman and Earnest Graham need to provide a running threat so Garcia can take his shots to WR Joey Galloway. ... Colts QB Peyton Manning thrives off play-action, so establishing the run against the Bucs' improving defense is critical -- especially with several of his skill position players banged up. Manning will have to be patient against the Cover-2 defense, although the Bucs will be more vulnerable if CB Brian Kelly misses his second consecutive game.
KEY INJURIES: Bucs: Williams (knee) and LT Luke Petitgout (knee) are out for the season; Kelly (groin) is questionable. Colts: LB Rob Morris (knee, out for season) will be replaced by Rocky Boiman; Harrison (strained knee), Joseph Addai (shoulder) and S Bob Sanders (chest) could be game-time decisions; TE Ben Utecht (concussion) is unlikely to play.
FAST FACTS: Bucs SLB Cato June signed as a free agent from Indianapolis, where he played on the weak side. ... Manning has thrown 156 touchdown passes at the RCA Dome, the third most by one player at one venue (Brett Favre, 198, Lambeau Field; John Elway, 180, Mile High Stadium).
WR Ike Hilliard was limited in practice Thursday with an ankle sprain but is expected to play Sunday against the Colts.
CB Phillip Buchanon was added to the injury list and limited in practice Thursday with a foot injury. Buchanon started at LCB last week vs. the Panthers.
DE Greg Spires returned to practice Thursday with an ankle sprain and is expected to play Sunday against the Colts.
CB Brian Kelly continued his recovery from a groin strain that forced him to miss last week's game against the Panthers. Kelly has had full participation in the last two practices.
WR Joey Galloway returned to practice Thursday and will start against the Colts.
CB Torrie Cox practiced again Thursday but has not been activated from the suspended list. Cox has a week exemption to practice with the team before a decision has to be made.
LB Rob Morris has been placed on injured reserve. Morris had surgery on his left knee Tuesday and has been ruled out for the remainder of the season. He was injured in the second quarter of last week's win over Denver.
WR Marvin Harrison (knee) is not expected to be available for the Tampa Bay game. He has not practiced this week. A final decision on his availability for the Buccaneers' game won't be made until Saturday or Sunday.
RB Joseph Addai (shoulder) has not practiced this week. Addai chances of playing against Tampa Bay on Sunday remains up in the air. Team officials are expected to make a decision on his chances of suiting up against the Buccaneers on Saturday or Sunday.
S Bob Sanders (chest/ribs) has yet to practice this week. Sanders probably won't be able to play against Tampa Bay on Sunday, but a final decision will be made by Saturday or Sunday.
TE Ben Utecht (concussion) has not practiced this week. Utecht has not been cleared yet to play against the Buccaneers on Sunday.
LB Freddy Keiaho (concussion) has yet to practice this week. Keiaho will need to be cleared by team physicians to play against Tampa Bay on Sunday.
OT Tony Ugoh (ankle) practiced on Thursday. He is expected to be in the starting lineup against the Buccaneers on Sunday.
DE Jeff Charleston (knee) has practiced all week. He was held out of the Denver game. Charleston is expected to be available for the Tampa Bay game.
WR Roy Hall (shoulder) has not practiced for the last two weeks. He is not expected to play this week against Tampa Bay.
LB Clint Session (hamstring) practiced Thursday after sitting out for the past week. Session may be available to play against the Buccaneers.
CB T.J. Rushing (hamstring) didn't practice on Wednesday but is expected to play against Tampa Bay.
LB Victor Worsley has been signed to the Colts' active roster from the practice squad.
RB Justise Hairston was signed to the Colts' practice squad.
LB Terna Nande was signed to the Colts' practice squad.
RB DeCori Birmingham was released from the Colts' practice squad.
INSIDE THE CAMPS
Cato June spent four seasons in Indianapolis. Four years of playing defense for the Colts and listening to quarterback Peyton Manning go through his battery of hand signals and audibles.
But June says the Bucs will have to rely on more than espionage.
"Everybody's been trying to figure out Manning and the Colts for a while now," June said. "All we can do is play our defense and not worry about what they're going to do."
"Cato is an exceptional player and in the system he plays in there, you get to see the best of what he does," said Colts coach Tony Dungy. "He's got great range, great instincts, great ball skills and he's got a nose for the football.
"He's very smart and competitive and the system lets him do those things. He made a ton of big plays for us and he's making a ton of big plays for the Bucs. It's no surprise he's helping them."
When June came to the Colts, coach Tony Dungy was warned by Michigan coach Lloyd Carr that the outside linebacker would make a loud impact on and off the field.
Dungy said it took June a year to warm up to his surroundings but that he was one of the Colts' most vocal leaders.
"This is the fifth week in a row we've played against a former (teammate)," Manning said. "I was disappointed to see him leave. He was a great player for us, a great teammate, great guy in the locker room."
Because both teams play almost exactly the same style of defense, there will be no surprises.
"They've seen our defense and they know what we're going to do," June said. "And we've seen what they want to do on film. It's going to come down to who goes out there and executes the best."
The Indianapolis Colts are one of four undefeated teams remaining in the NFL, along with New England, Dallas and Green Bay.
The combined won-loss record of Indianapolis' four opponents thus far is 6-8. Of the other remaining undefeated teams in the league, other than the Colts, Green Bay's opponents are 5-11, followed by New England at 4-12 and Dallas at 3-13.
But before anybody tries to decide which team is better only four games into the 2007 season, Indianapolis coach Tony Dungy says that a few more games need to be played in order to make a truer assessment of who is really good and who isn't.
"I think it's usually when you get into October and fight through these stretches like we are now, with some injuries and different things, there are a lot of teams that will ride pretty smoothly until you have adversity. Usually that takes awhile," Dungy said recently.
"(Won-loss records of opponents you've already played) can be deceptive too because really you don't know. Teams that are 1-2, you don't know how good they are. They could end up 13-3. Teams that are 3-1 can end up with losing records. So I think that's why really, you know a little more about yourself and you know more about your opponents."
As an example, the Colts coach thinks that good things may lie ahead for AFC South rivals Tennessee and Houston as the season continues to progress.
"I think Tennessee and Houston are going to be very, very good teams down the stretch. But you never know. So I think it does take awhile," Dungy said.