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Dungy optimistic about James' return

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. -- Running back Edgerrin James is expected to start when the Indianapolis Colts play the Houston
Texans on Sunday at the RCA Dome.

James has missed the last three games with a lower back injury,
but the two-time NFL rushing champion was able to practice Monday
and Wednesday.

Coach Tony Dungy, who earlier in the week expressed a
wait-and-see attitude toward James' return, was optimistic
Wednesday.

"I think he should be fine," Dungy said. "Edgerrin can do a
lot of things well, so you don't have to tailor your offense
specifically. You can do a lot of things with him in there without
having to substitute. That's probably the advantage it gives you
offensively."

Two other Colts' running backs, Ricky Williams and James Mungro, will miss this week's game due to ankle and knee injuries. Williams might be back in time for Indianapolis' game Nov. 2 at Miami. There is no timetable on Mungro's return from minor knee surgery.

Offensive tackle Tarik Glenn was expected back at practice Wednesday but was forced to sit out. His status for Sunday remains up in the air.

Glenn's streak of 101 consecutive starts was snapped two weeks
ago against Carolina due to sprained left knee. He was injured Oct.
6 at Tampa Bay.