Saturday return a big line development

September, 1, 2010
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A scrambled scenario through the preseason took a major step toward settling down for the Indianapolis Colts Tuesday when center Jeff Saturday returned to practice, working through the offensive line period.

"It was good [to practice], but I'm not back yet," Saturday said. "I'm still working toward that. It's progressing, and I'm working as hard as I can. We've still got nine or 10 days to go, so we'll see."

That’s the first indication we’ve had on Saturday’s timetable for a return, and it now seems reasonable that he can progress over the next week and a half to be ready to play in the team’s opener at Houston on Sept. 12.

Even with Saturday back, the Colts head toward that trip to Reliant Stadium with serious offensive line questions.

Incumbent left tackle Charlie Johnson (foot) remains out and neither guard slot is set for sure, though Kyle DeVan looks like he is in line to play right guard as he did last season. Jamey Richard’s been at left guard, but that may be only because Tony Ugoh’s been filling in for Johnson.

With right end Mario Williams aiming for Peyton Manning on opening day, Indy would love to roll out the line it’s hoping to play this season. It would be big if Johnson returns to practice soon and if the team had all of its options healthy. We’ll see our first injury report a week from Friday.

Paul Kuharsky | email

ESPN Tennessee Titans reporter

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