Bye Week Helps Team Get Healthy

The Indianapolis Colts should be in a lot better shape physically heading into this week's road game with the St. Louis Rams. The Colts are coming off a bye week in which they were able to get some much needed rest after a grueling five-game stretch to begin the year.

The Colts have gotten off to a 5-0 start, including back-to-back nationally-televised road games with Miami and Arizona.

Throw in the team's game at Tennessee two weeks ago and Indianapolis has been involved in three nationally televised road games through the first five weeks of the regular season.

Injury-wise, the Colts should be able to welcome back cornerback Kelvin Hayden (hamstring) and offensive tackle Charlie Johnson (knee). Hayden has been sidelined for the past three games. Johnson didn't play against Tennessee two weeks ago.

Safety Bob Sanders (knee), who has yet to play in a game yet this season, has a shot of playing against the Rams. How well he practices this week will go a long way in determining if he takes the field at St. Louis.

The status of cornerback Marlin Jackson (knee) and wide receiver Anthony Gonzalez (knee) remains unknown.

"I think the arrow is up on Bob (Sanders). I don't want to put a timeframe on that, but he has been out taking some activity with the scout team. We'll see if we can ramp that up. Marlin (Jackson), I think, is a little bit away still. Kelvin (Hayden) probably is the closest. We'll see where we are there," team president Bill Polian said recently.

"We came through the (Tennessee) game with little or no serious injuries for the first time in five weeks. That part of it was really positive. For St. Louis, we should have all hands on deck other than the defensive backs. And that will be a catch-as-catch-can kind of situation. So, we feel pretty good about that and we'll just take it from here."

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