Colts Tuesday Tidbits
-- Get the ball to Edgerrin. That could be key part of the game plan for the Indianapolis Colts as they prepare for this week's home-opener with AFC South rival Tennessee.
RB Edgerrin James -- who missed half of the 2001 season with a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee -- carried the football a mere 15 times in the Colts' 9-6 win over Cleveland.
If the Indianapolis offense hopes to break out this week after a lackluster performance against the Browns, James needs the ball. And he's made it clear. He wants the ball. A lot.
"Only 15 runs. That's not a day's work for me," James admits. "I like to run and to get into a groove. I like to run it down their throat, but we really never got into that. Any time you run the ball, you can't run it in spurts. You've got to keep running and running."
When he got an opportunity to run the ball, James looked like his old self against the Browns. Although he had just 67 yards rushing for the day, he still averaged 4.5 yards every time he had the ball in his hands.
"I felt real good running the ball. I felt very strong," he said. "I thought that we could have run the ball well and I thought we should have run the ball more. I kept getting stronger and stronger. If you keep running and running, you're going to wear them down eventually.
"I was able to stand up and keep going and fight through and break tackles. I couldn't do that last season."
--DE Dwight Freeney suffered a bruised shin in the second quarter of Sunday's game at Cleveland. Freeney finished the game but sat out Monday's practice. He is expected to play this week against Tennessee.
--C Jeff Saturday has been bothered in recent days by back spasms. Saturday had the problem before the Browns game, but it flared up again afterwards. He did not practice on Monday but should be back for Wednesday's workout.
--OG Steve Sciullo wore a boot in practice on Monday after incurred a sprained foot in the Cleveland game. The injury is not expected to keep the rookie offensive lineman out of this week's game with Tennessee.
--WR Brandon Stokley practiced on Monday and could be available for the Titans game. Stokley seems to be fully recovered from foot surgery that he underwent last October while he was still with the Baltimore Ravens. But he suffered a pulled hamstring in the final pre-season game with Cincinnati and did not play last week at Cleveland.
--CB Donald Strickland hasn't been able to practice since the final rookie orientation workout in mid-July due to a pulled groin injury. Strickland saw some limited work on Monday but isn't expected to be ready to play in a game for several weeks.
--CB Joseph Jefferson was at practice on Monday after undergoing surgery late last week to repair what is being described as a "hernia-type" problem. The injury was initially called a groin irritation. Jefferson most likely won't be available to play for one or two weeks.
--RB James Mungro continues to practice but his availability to play in a game remains up in the air. Mungro suffered rib cartilage damage in the Colts' first pre-season game with Chicago and hadn't practice until early last week.
--RB Dominic Rhodes' recovery from last year's knee surgery continues. Rhodes resumed a full practice routine last week but is still probably a week or two away from being able to play in a game.
--CB Nick Harper is still experiencing some soreness in his knee and did not practice Monday. Harper suffered a sprained knee in the Colts' next-to-last pre-season game at Denver. He is expected to play this week.
--CB Walt Harris sat out the Monday workout due to tendonitis in his knee. Harris has had the problem since training camp started but he started the season-opener at Cleveland. He will start Sunday against the Titans.
--SS Cory Bird's bruised shoulder limited his work at practice on Monday. Bird has been nursing the shoulder for the last two weeks. He did play against the Browns and should be available for the Tennessee game.
--The Colts appear to be close to signing former backup QB Cory Sauter to the active roster. Sauter was with Indianapolis last season but was waived to make room on the roster due to injury problems at other positions. He was subsequently picked up by Chicago, where he finished the season. Sauter was released by the Bears two weeks ago. The Colts currently have just two quarterbacks on the active roster, Peyton Manning and Brock Huard.
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