Colts' Johnson is out, but is Saturday in?

September, 10, 2008
9/10/08
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Posted by ESPN.com's Kevin Seifert

My AFC South colleague Paul Kuharsky has the details on the Indianapolis Colts' quick decision to waive starting defensive tackle Ed Johnson.

This will have no small effect on the Minnesota Vikings, who host the Colts in four days at the Metrodome. As of Wednesday, coach Tony Dungy wasn't sure who will replace Johnson in the starting lineup. But whoever does will have the unenviable task of taking on Pro Bowl offensive linemen Matt Birk and Steve Hutchinson for a defense that gave up 183 yards rushing last Sunday to the Chicago Bears.

Think Adrian Peterson isn't licking his chops right now?

Meanwhile, it will be interesting to see if Colts center Jeff Saturday, who returned to practice Wednesday, actually tries to play Sunday against the Vikings. Saturday is two weeks removed from a knee injury that was supposed to hold him out six weeks.

The Colts listed him as having participated fully in practice Wednesday. Saturday is quarterback Peyton Manning's alter ego and his presence almost certainly would have helped smooth out some of the rough edges in Manning's performance last Sunday.

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