Friday, October 24, 2003
RB to play in rotation against the Texans
INDIANAPOLIS -- Edgerrin James is ready to return to the
Indianapolis Colts' starting lineup Sunday after missing three
games due to a lower back injury.
The two-time NFL rushing champion has not played since hurting
his back against Jacksonville on Sept. 21.
"The back feels a lot better, but since I haven't played for
four weeks I might need a breather now and then," James said
Friday. "But that would be only thing.
"It's sort of like starting the season over again. You have to
realistic with everything. You can't try and go out there and try
to be Superman."
Coach Tony Dungy said the 5-1 Colts would have plenty of help
for James against the Houston Texans (2-4).
"I think he is ready to go and ready to play the whole game,"
Dungy said. "We'll monitor him and watch him. But on the crucial
plays, he'll be in there."
James did not plan to wear a brace to protect his back.
"I'm going to have a pad on, but it's a rare injury," he said.
"It's hard for somebody to actually hit you there."
The Colts will likely be without offensive tackles Tarik Glenn
and Adam Meadows and tight end Dallas Clark.
Glenn, who had his 101-game consecutive start streak snapped two
weeks ago, practiced just once over the past three weeks because of
a sprained left knee.
Meadows, who twisted his right knee during a walkthrough before
practice Wednesday, and Clark (hamstring) missed practices on
Thursday and Friday.
"My sense is that we have to plan to be without them and then
if they can play it would be a plus," Dungy said.
Cornerback Cliff Crosby also was expected to miss Sunday's game.
He has been unable to practice since pulling a groin against
Carolina two weeks ago.