Colts Mid-Week Wrap

Practice notes and team news heading into week three of the 2003 NFL season.

DE Dwight Freeney suffered ankle and abdominal injuries in the Colts' game with Tennessee. He did not practice Monday or Wednesday and probably will not be able to play this week against Jacksonville.
   "At first we thought that the (ankle) injury was part of the shin injury he suffered against Cleveland," said Colts coach Tony Dungy. "But now it appears as if he turned his ankle a little bit on the turf (against the Titans). He underwent an MRI on Monday and it was negative."
   As for the abdominal injury, Dungy said that it appeared to be similar to the sprained ribs that kept RB James Mungro sidelined for four weeks. There is a possibility that Freeney could miss multiple games. DE Chad Braztke would probably start in his place against the Jaguars.
   --TE Dallas Clark passed an MRI that was conducted on his sore hip. Clark is not expected to miss this week's game with Jacksonville.
   --WR Troy Walters is expected to remain a key backup for the Colts. Walters has been getting increased playing time in recent weeks.
   --WR Brandon Stokley was expected to receive in the first two games but is still recovering from a pulled hamstring. He did not practice Wednesday and is not expected to play this week.
   --FS Idrees Bashir continues to experience some soreness in his sprained knee. Bashir has nursed the injury for the past three weeks but has not missed a start.
   --CB Nick Harper will start this week despite a sprained knee and achy back. Harper leads the Colts with three interceptions and had a 75-yard interception return for a touchdown against Tennessee last week.
   --CB Walt Harris has had tendonitis in his knee since the pre-season. The condition has cost him some practice time, but he has started the first two games. Harris did not practice Wednesday.
   --CB David Macklin is nursing a gimpy ankle but will play this week against Jacksonville.
   --C Jeff Saturday's back spasms have been more of a nuisance the last two weeks. Saturday sat out two practices last week but started against the Titans. He did not practice Wednesday but is expected to start this week.
   --It appears as if DE Raheem Brock will continue to start at left end. Brock has been splitting time there with DE Brad Scioli.
   --Rookie DE Robert Mathis had two sacks Sunday against the Titans. Mathis will continue to be used as a situational pass-rusher for the Colts.
   --CB Joseph Jefferson remains sidelined indefinitely as he recovers from surgery performed two weeks ago to repair a groin injury.
   --CB Donald Strickland is not expected to resume full practice for at least another week or so. Strickland suffered a groin pull in mid-July and has been unable to take part in any workouts until the last week.
   --RB Dominic Rhodes is getting closer to being able to being available to play in a game. Rhodes has been rehabbing his knee, on which he had surgery early last season. He may still be a week or so away from getting the final okay to play.

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