Starting right offensive tackle Ryan Diem will miss the last two games of the regular season due to a sprained medial collateral ligament in his knee. And his availability for the playoffs is up in the air at this point according to Colts Head Coach Tony Dungy until he gets more details on the severity of the injury. Diem left the game in the first quarter of yesterday's loss to San Diego and never returned.
The surprise announcement was that wide receiver Marvin Harrison may miss this Saturday's game against Seattle with an injured hand. Harrison got up after one pass play and appeared to be holding his wrist, but then continued to play effectively the entire four quarters.
"It's a bone in his hand, but it's something I understand he'll be able to play with," Dungy said. "We've got to make a decision about whether to play him or rest him."
The Colts played Sunday's game without their sacks leader Robert Mathis (foot) and run-stuffer Corey Simon (ankle) at the left defensive tackle spot. Dungy stated that both are likely to miss Saturday's game as they continue to recuperate.
It appears the Colts will approach their final two games with a preseason mentality, playing their starters enough to keep them sharp, but minimizing their exposure to injury. During Sunday's contest, Dwight Freeney was limping at one point and quarterback Peyton Manning took a number of big hits. That, in addition to the injuries to Harrison and Diem, had to get the Colts attention as they inch closer to the playoffs and a run at the Super Bowl.
Manning's backup, Jim Sorgi, should see substantial playing time over the next two games. And it wouldn't be surprising if the Colts promoted Tom Arth from the practice squad as well. That would keep Manning from being forced to play in a meaningless game should Sorgi get injured during that stretch.
Arth is one of just two players who hasremained on the practice squad since the start of the season. If the Colts don't promote him, punter Hunter Smith is their emergency quarterback. But this would be a unique opportunity for the Colts to evaluate both Sorgi and Arth in regular season action in something other than mop up duty so they could better determine their future with the team.
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