Wednesday's Insiders' Injury Notes

You can take a glance at an injury report elsewhere on the web and try to guess what's really going on and what impact it might have on the game. Or you can get the scoop and the details on what's happening with both teams by reading our Insiders' Injury Notes.

Injury Reports are typically updated on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday during the regular season. Check this page for ColtPower.com injury reports and our home page and Hot News listing for late-breaking updates.

KEY
P= Probable: 75% chance of playing
Q= Questionable: 50% chance of playing
D= Doubtful: 25% chance of playing
* = Player missed at least part of the team's 11-on-11 practice session

Satruday's Injury Report and Insiders' Notes
(Bolded players and comments indicate a change since last report)

INDIANAPOLIS COLTS

Player Pos Injury Wed Thur Frid
Dallas Clark TE Knee  O*
Joseph Addai RB Ankle Q*
Antoine Bethea DB Shoulder Q
Bryan Fletcher TE Quad Q*
Dwight Freeney DE Shoulder Q*
Gilbert Gardner LB Knee Q
Marlin Jackson S Shoulder Q*
Darrell Reid DT Hand Q
Bob Sanders S Knee Q*

ColtPower Insiders' Injury Notes:
-- Players who were on last week's report who are not this week include T Ryan Diem, CB Nick Harper, WR Aaron Moorehead, and RB Dominic Rhodes.
-- TE Bryan Fletcher was injured during Friday's practice and was inactive for the Bengals game. He missed practice on Wednesday.
-- S Bob Sanders missed practice and is officially listed as questionable, but he will be out for the Texans game and won't return until next week against Miami at the earliest.
-- RB Joseph Addai didn't practice on Wednesday, and he appears to have a 50-50 chance of playing at this point. Despite initial reports that it wasn't too serious, the Colts are being cautious with him and according to one of our sources, he has been wearing a walking boot as a precaution.
-- Tight end Dallas Clark is out as expected. The Colts hope that he'll be available for some light duty just to get back into the flow of game speed prior to the playoffs.
-- TE Jerome Collins could be added to the report tomorrow after the team checks out what appears to be a minor leg injury.
-- S Antoine Bethea returned to practice and is expected to play on Sunday if he doesn't aggravate his shoulder during practice this week.


HOUSTON TEXANS
Player Pos Injury Wed Thurs Frid
Jerome Mathis WR Hamstring D*
Lionel Dalton DT Neck Q*
Owen Daniels TE Shoulder Q*
C.C. Brown FS Toe P*
Anthony Weaver DE Knee P*
Mario Williams DE Foot P*

ColtPower Insiders' Injury Notes:
-- Mathis is their dangerous kickoff returns specialist, but he hasn't seen much action this season due to injuries. He missed last weekend's game against the Patriots and is doubtful this weekend. If he can't go, Dexter Wynn, a 3rd-year player out of Colorado will handle kickoffs along with RB Wali Lundy. He's averaging 20.4 yards per return this season in Mathis' absence.
-- -- Although DT Lional Dalton is a familiar name to most fans, he's a backup this year in Houston. 
-- TE Owen Daniels isn't as well known, but will be a serious hit if he can't play. He's started in all but two games this season, has 34 catches for a 10.4 yards per carry average. He's their version of Ben Utecht, catching 2-3 per game, but getting decent yards when he does. He had a 9-catch game against the Titans in late October.
-- C.C. Brown is their starting free safety. They expect him to be ready.
-- Weaver and Williams are their starting DEs. While they expect them to play, knee and foot injuries aren't going to be a plus when they have to try to get some pressure on Manning.


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