posted on Sep, 24 2004 @ 11:01 AM
Running back Edgerrin James, sidelined two days with a strained hamstring, returned to practice Thursday and could be ready to play when the
Indianapolis Colts host the Green Bay Packers on Sunday.
James, who strained his left hamstring on a late touchdown run last week against Tennessee, took part in individual and team drills before sitting out
the final half-hour of Thursday's practice.
"Edgerrin actually did well, surprisingly well," coach Tony Dungy said. "Based on what I saw today, he could probably play. So if he comes back
(Friday) and doesn't have any side effects and is able to do just what he did today, then I would think he'd probably play."
If he does play, however, his carries probably will be limited, Dungy said.
"We're obviously going to be smart. It's one thing to play, it's another thing to play 85 plays and not get a break," Dungy said. "Obviously, he does
have an injury there, so I don't think he would play every single play. But then again, I said the same thing about Marvin (Harrison) when he came
Last year, at Buffalo, Harrison was returning from a hamstring injury and was expected to see limited playing time but wound up playing most of the
If James is able to start Sunday, he most likely will split time with backups Dominic Rhodes and James Mungro. Rhodes has seen most of the work with
the first offensive unit this week. Rookie running back Ran Carthon, who was re-signed to the active roster on Wednesday, is also a possibility.
"We might dress an extra back just in case, and maybe not dress one of our linebackers," Dungy said. "But my sense is if (James) plays, we'll be just
like we were last week (at Tennessee)."