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Dungy still optimistic he'll play

INDIANAPOLIS -- Colts running back Edgerrin James missed practice again Friday, this time because of the flu.

James, who missed the last two games with a sore back, is
expected to return to practice Saturday but a decision on whether
he will play against Carolina on Sunday probably will not be made
until just before kickoff.

"Edge today just wasn't feeling well," coach Tony Dungy said.
"Back-wise, everything was fine, but he's got some flulike
symptoms. We've had that with a couple of guys, so we kind of let
him stay away from everybody. But I think, soreness-wise, he was
OK."

James has taken part in just four practices since he first
injured his back against Jacksonville on Sept. 21. The two-time NFL
rushing champion missed an entire week of practice before the
Colts' game at New Orleans on Sept. 28, and after practicing twice
last week, James did not play at Tampa Bay on Monday night.

Offensive tackle Tarik Glenn, backup running back James Mungro
and starting defensive tackle Montae Reagor returned to practice
Friday. All three have sprained knees and missed practice the last
two days.