Bye Comes at Welcome Time for Colts

The Indianapolis Colts will be heading into their bye week off a 27-24 road win over the Washington Redskins. Indianapolis improved to 4-2 for the year and are tied for first place with the Houston Texans in the AFC South.

The Colts will try and use the bye week to get healed up, especially with the Texans coming to Lucas Oil Stadium for a big rematch game on Nov. 1. Indianapolis dropped a 34-24 game to Houston in the season opener on Sept. 12.

Injuries have played havoc with the Colts so far this year. Indianapolis has already lost a pair of safeties, Jamie Silva and Melvin Bullitt for the season, while another safety — Bob Sanders — is sidelined until early December at the earliest.

Wide receiver Anthony Gonzalez, coming off a knee injury that ended his season a year ago, has been bothered by a high ankle sprain since the Houston game in September.

Two other wide receivers, Pierre Garcon and Austin Collie, have nursed hamstring and foot injuries, respectively. Offensive tackle Charlie Johnson has also been bothered by a foot injury since training camp.

Running back Donald Brown has missed games with a strained hamstring. Starting running back Joseph Addai has been nursing shoulder and neck injuries. Backup running back Mike Hart has missed practice time with knee and hip issues.

Get the picture?

"We need to get healthy," quarterback Peyton Manning agreed. "I don't know what the practice schedule is going to be. But it needs to be suitable to getting some guys that have been injured back.

"And some guys that haven't played for a couple of weeks, we hope to get them back on the field. We are a little beat up, so I think that the bye is coming at a good time."

Coach Jim Caldwell figures to scale things back a bit this coming week and will most likely give his team some much needed rest.

"(Having the bye this week) is better than having it in the second week of the season or the third week of the season or something of that nature," Caldwell said. "For us, I think it comes at a pretty good time. Byes are necessary, but sometimes byes also get you out of your rhythm a little bit depending on how it is going leading up to it."

TRENDING: For a team that usually does a pretty good job of holding onto the football, Indianapolis has struggled to keep track of the ball this season.

The Colts fumbled four times, losing three, in the Sunday night win over Washington. Indianapolis has fumbled 11 times through six games this season and have lost six. The Colts had 11 fumbles and lost five for the entire year in 2009.

LINEUP WATCH: The Colts may be looking for a new kickoff and punt returner during the upcoming bye week. Wide receiver Kenny Moore has not provided the spark the team was looking for when he was signed two weeks ago. Moore replaced running back Devin Moore as the primary kickoff returner when Devin Moore suffered a season-ending shoulder injury against Jacksonville.

Kenny Moore fumbled a kickoff against the Redskins. He was replaced by cornerback Justin Tryon and by cornerback Jerraud Powers as the punt returner.

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