Last week, the Seattle Seahawks' Pro Bowl quarterback, Matt Hasselbeck, couldn't play because of a hyperextended knee. On Wednesday, Indianapolis Colts coach Tony Dungy said in a conference call that Pro Bowl halfback Joseph Addai "looks like he might be out a week of so" with a hamstring injury sustained in the first quarter of last week's victory over Baltimore.
If that's the case, the Colts will have to lean on Dominic Rhodes, because rookie Mike Hart sustained a season-ending knee injury in the second quarter against the Ravens. The sixth-round pick from Michigan was placed on injured reserve earlier this week.
Rhodes, who rushed for 113 yards and a touchdown in the Colts' Super Bowl XLI victory over Chicago following the 2006 season before spending a suspension-marred season in Oakland last year, had seven carries in his first four games, but he carried the load against the Ravens, with 25 rushes for 73 yards (2.9-yard average) and a touchdown.
Addai is one of the game's elite players because of his rushing and receiving skills. He rushed for 1,081 yards and seven touchdowns while splitting time with Rhodes as a rookie in 2006, then rushed for 1,072 yards and 12 touchdowns last season. He caught a combined 81 passes for four touchdowns the previous two seasons. This year, though, he has rushed for only 216 yards and a 3.5 average and caught five passes.
Rhodes will be backed up by Clifton Dawson, who rushed 30 times for 64 yards and a touchdown last season. Rhodes, a second-year pro out of Harvard, was cut during training camp but re-signed this week. Also added to the roster was Chad Simpson, an undrafted rookie out of Morgan State who had been on the practice squad.
"I think we'll be OK in the short run," Dungy said. "We just have to get Joseph back and healthy."
The Packers, meanwhile, rank 27th in the NFL against the run by allowing 153.3 rushing yards per game and are tied with Denver in yielding a league-worst 5.1 yards per rush.