James may not play Sunday against Carolina

Updated: October 7, 2003, 6:00 PM ET

INDIANAPOLIS -- Colts running back Edgerrin James might not play against Carolina on Sunday because of a sore back.

Coach Tony Dungy said Tuesday that the Colts might hold James out if his back is still sore. The Colts have a bye Oct. 19, and if James does not play, it would give him two more weeks to get healthy.

He has missed two straight games.

The most serious injury in the Colts' 38-35 overtime win over Tampa Bay on Monday night was to backup linebacker Jim Nelson, who broke his left collarbone. Dungy said Nelson will be out eight to 12 weeks, although it was uncertain whether he would need surgery.

Starting left tackle Tarik Glenn also was injured Monday. He finished the game, but the Colts were awaiting results of an MRI exam on a strained medial collateral ligament in his left knee. Glenn has started 101 straight games.

Dungy said he expected starting linebacker David Thornton to play Sunday despite a strained quadriceps. Dungy said Thornton probably would be limited in practice this week.

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