Inside Slant: June 18th-24th

The Colts wrapped up their Organized Team Activities and will take a break before the temperature and competition that is inherent in their annual training camp rises. But a few players will rehab injuries and questions about how to structure this year's roster remain. Learn more in this week's insider slant.

The Indianapolis Colts, fresh off an early end to the team's Organized Team Activities, are ready to take some much needed time off prior to the start of training camp.

Colts players and coaches are due to report to Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology in Terre Haute, Ind., on Sunday, July 29. But between the end of the OTA period and the start of training camp, several players -- including rookie free agent safety Antonio Smith and veteran safety Bob Sanders -- will continue with rehabbing injuries.

Smith suffered a collarbone injury during the early stages of the team's OTA period while Sanders is recovering from surgery performed on his shoulder earlier in the spring. Both are expected to be ready for the start of training camp, although they could see limited work early on.

Ryan Diem
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Offensive tackle Ryan Diem also missed some practice time during the Colts' mandatory mini-camp and OTAs as did defensive end Ryan LaCasse and wide receiver Aaron Moorehead. All three should be fine in time for training camp.

"There will be some guys who will be on one-a-day programs, but that's just precautionary," said team president Bill Polian. "Other than that, we'll be ready to go."

While the team's roster is pretty well set heading into the Colts' offseason hiatus, don't be surprised if some tweaking isn't also a possibility. One potential move is the re-signing of unrestricted free agent running back James Mungro, who missed the 2006 season with a knee injury.

"The question is how do we structure the roster and that's related to how we shore up the positions where we're going to need people to take reps in training camp and the preseason," Polian said. "We have a number of one (practice)-a-day guys at those positions. It's not quite as easy as saying, 'We're going to re-sign James.'
"We only have 80 spots and you have to make sure you're in a position to be protected at all of those spots. If it's possible, we'd like to do it."

With the free agent loss of running back Dominic Rhodes to Oakland, Indianapolis could be in the market to bring back a veteran performer like Mungro. 2006 first-round draft choice Joseph Addai is the only running back currently on the team's roster who has carried the ball in a regular-season game.

"The one area where the preseason will tell us a lot is at the backup running back spot," he said.

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