Friday brought the Colts some good news and it appears extremely likely that Joseph Addai will play Sunday at Oakland. As for the rest of the injured players...
Full Participation: Joseph Addai, Brody Eldridge, Tyjuan Hagler, Mike Newton, Jamey Richard and Gijon Robinson.
Limited Participation: Mike Hart and Clint Session.
Did Not Practice: Al Afalava, Kelvin Hayden, Charlie Johnson and Dan Muir.
Tyjuan Hagler and Gijon Robinson are both probable for Sunday. Joseph Addai, Brody Eldridge, Mike Hart, Kelvin Hayden, Charlie Johnson, Dan Muir, Mike Newton, Jamey Richard and Clint Session remain questionable. Al Afalava has been ruled out.
After three days of full practices, it seems highly likely that starting running back Joseph Addai will return after a seven-week absence, a stretch in which the Colts were 3-4.
Tyjuan Hagler is healthy and should play, so that adds depth to the linebackers, who should be busy with their hands full playing Darren McFadden this week.
Kelvin Hayden is listed as questionable, but he hasn't practiced all week and I don't believe that he will play. He is a veteran and might give it a go, but is it really worth it to risk further injury playing against a team that really doesn't have an elite passing attack?
I say that he sits on Sunday—just a guess and could be wrong, but I don't see Coach Caldwell putting him in there.
Who will win this Sunday?
Clint Session has been limited in practice all week and is listed as questionable for the game, so who knows about him? He has said that he expects to play, but we have to take into consideration that he is recovering from a broken arm and a dislocated elbow. He'll probably be a game-time decision.
If Session does return it will help the Colts' defense immensely, as they try to slow down the run-happy Oakland Raiders offense. He plays all out and is a good linebacker who knows how to hit people hard and make big plays. His return would be great.
As for the Raiders, they are not 100 percent healthy themselves. Pro Bowl defensive end Richard Seymour is questionable with a hamstring injury, and you never can tell with a hamstring. Another Pro Bowler, corner back Nnamdi Asomugha, has been battling an ankle injury all year, but is probable.
Peyton Manning would certainly like to see those two out, but if they play, they still aren't going to be 100 percent, so good news either way for Colts fans.
The Colts play at Oakland on Sunday. Kickoff is 4:05 P.M.
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