It would appear that Joseph Addai is healthy and will play this week, which helps the Colts in several ways on offense, but the defense might be a little thin on Sunday.
Full Participation: Joseph Addai, Brody Eldridge, Dwight Freeney, Tyjuan Hagler, Mike Newton and Jamey Richard.
Limited Participation: Mike Hart and Clint Session.
Did Not Practice: Al Afalava, Gary Brackett, Kelvin Hayden, Charlie Johnson, Robert Mathis, Dan Muir and Gijon Robinson.
It is certainly good to see Addai fully practicing, and it appears that he will be back this week when the Colts play the Oakland Raiders. He even went as far to say himself that he expects to play and is optimistic that he can.
Addai is a better at blocking and receiving than the contingent of Donald Brown, Mike Hart and Jevarris James. That helps Peyton Manning, who is now without Austin Collie the rest of the way, as well as the offensive line which has been inconsistent this year.
The Colts are 3-4 without Addai this year.
No worries for Gary Brackett, Dwight Freeney or Robert Mathis. They are all getting their usual rest days.
But Kelvin Hayden is not healthy, and stands a good chance to miss his third straight game. With Jerraud Powers done for the season, the Colts are left with an extremely thin defensive backfield, with Antoine Bethea being the only constant all year.
Hayden has missed both practices this week and I expect him to be out, so that means more pressure on Jacob Lacey, thankfully Oakland doesn't exactly have the elite passing attack that could hurt the Colts big time this week, and let's hope it stays that way.
Clint Session has been limited in both practices this week and doesn't seem to be ready to go, I would list him as doubtful right now. He has said that he remains day to day, but I believe he will miss his eighth straight game, which hurts especially when the Colts are taking on a run happy team with a dangerous back like Darren McFadden.
Dan Muir, who has done a decent job in the middle of the defensive line, also appears doubtful for Sunday. This hurts as well, obviously for the above reasons mentioned, and leaves a hole in the middle of the line.
Looks like this week could shape up into a high scoring affair when it's all said and done. We will have to wait and see what Friday's practice results are.
The Colts play at Oakland on Sunday, kickoff at 4:05 PM.
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