Indianapolis Tuesday Tidbits

Tuesday news and notes on the Indianapolis Colts.

--DE Dwight Freeney is bothered by a sore lower leg and underwent an MRI on Monday. Freeney suffered a bruised shin in the season-opener at Cleveland and missed a couple days of practice a week ago. He started against Tennessee and is not expected to miss this week's home game with Jacksonville.
   --CB Nick Harper insists that he didn't mean any disrespect when he took his time returning a 75-yard interception for a touchdown against Tennessee in the game's final seconds. His explanation was that he was simply was trying to run as much time off the clock as he could. "I wasn't showing them up in any way, shape or form or fashion," Harper said afterward. "If they want to take it that way, there's nothing I can do about it now."
   -- Rookie TE Dallas Clark had a key 42-yard catch for the Colts Sunday, despite running the wrong pass route. The pass play set up Indianapolis' first touchdown of the game. "He did run the wrong route on that play. I have to come clean on that," said QB Peyton Manning said. "But I think we'll have to put that play in the offense now because it's a pretty good concept. But what happened was that we talked about running one thing on the sideline but when we got to the huddle, we changed it. I think as I was calling the play, (Clark) was blocking me out. He was locked in on what the play on the sideline was."
   --RB Edgerrin James snipped off his trademark dreadlocks prior to the Titans game. James did the deed after being tackled from behind -- by his hair no less -- in the Colts' win at Cleveland in the season-opener. "It was a business decision," he said. "I'm out here to play football. But when they grabbed my hair (in the Cleveland game), that made me re-think. I instantly gave in right there. I can't go through that all year. So I just thought that it would be best for me to go ahead and chop it off." James later joked that he had saved the clippings and that he wouldn't be adverse to putting them up for sale on E-Bay if anybody was interested.
   --DE Dwight Freeney, normally the starter on the right side for Indianapolis, also got into the rotation on the left against the Titans. "We had a couple of things that we wanted to do," coach Tony Dungy said without being too specific about the idea behind the switch.
   --DE Raheem Brock and DE Brad Scioli have been splitting time as the starters at left defensive end for the Colts. "It's worked well for us so far," coach Tony Dungy said. "We've been able to use both of them a lot and keep a fresh person in the game all the time."
   --RB Dominic Rhodes continues to rehab his knee, which was surgically repaired a year ago. Rhodes is still probably one or two weeks away from getting the okay to play in a game.
   --WR Brandon Stokley is still nursing a pulled hamstring. He saw limited practice last week and did not play against the Titans. Stokley's status for the Jaguars game will be determined last this week.
   --DT Josh Williams has played with a sprained thumb since initially incurring the injury in practice last week. He says that the injury is not a problem and that it didn't bother him against Tennessee.
   --CB Nick Harper's sprained knee is coming along well. Harper suffered the sprain in the Colts' next-to-last pre-season game at Denver. He has started the first two regular season games and has not shown any ill-effects from the injury.

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