Indianapolis Colts Injury Report, Week 9: Joseph Addai, Dallas Clark Questionable Vs. Falcons

The  came out on Friday as the team prepares for it’s game against the this weekend. Quite a few players are listed as questionable for the home team, unfortunately, including and .

Clark, who is dealing with a knee injury, is a game-time decision after being one of the main options on offense last week after missing the blowout loss the week prior. Addai’s knee is also the reason he’s currently questionable after missing most of the last three weeks.

The only player for the Colts that is definitely out, aside from , is guard . Reitz started last week’s game, but had to be subbed out due to a knee injury and was unable to practice this week.

The remaining injury report is available below.

Indianapolis Colts owner says Peyton Manning may return December

By Michael Marot

The Indianapolis Colts’ position on Peyton Manning hasn’t changed.

He’s still on the active roster, still going through rehabilitation and may yet return later this season.

Colts owner Jim Irsay used Twitter on Monday to clarify comments he reportedly made during a private breakfast with Super Bowl donors in Indianapolis, comments that seemed to indicate Indy’s franchise quarterback would miss the rest of the season.

“I didn’t say Peyton out 4season FOR SURE,keeping him on ActiveRoster n taking it month by month/Outside chance of return n December possible,” Irsay wrote.

Indy’s final regular-season game is Jan. 1.

But Irsay’s latest tweet indicates nothing has changed. He was expected to miss at least two months after having neck surgery Sept. 8 and possibly more, which could cost the four-time league MVP the entire season.

Manning has missed all three games this season after making 227 consecutive starts including the playoffs, and the Colts are off to their first 0-3 start since 1998, Manning’s rookie season.

Manning was seen at Colts practices last week and spent Sunday night’s game in the coaches’ booth.

“He’s a resource for us. He’s been around this system for a long time, and I don’t think you’re very smart if you don’t use it,” coach Jim Caldwell said. “We don’t care whose idea it is. We use everything we possibly can.”

The Colts have not discussed Manning’s recovery in detail. Manning originally had surgery May 23 to repair a damaged nerve that was causing weakness in his throwing arm, and when that didn’t work as anticipated, Manning had an anterior spinal fusion. The procedure normally involves making an incision in the front of the neck, removing soft disk tissue between the vertebrae and fusing the bones together with a graft. The goal is to ease pain or address a disk problem.

It was Manning’s third neck surgery in 19 months.

The Colts brought Kerry Collins out of retirement to replace Manning in the starting lineup but he has struggled and left the Steelers game to be evaluated for a possible concussion.

Curtis Painter took over in the fourth quarter and took the Colts 80 yards for their most meaningful offensive touchdown of the season, a 6-yard run from Joseph Addai. Painter went 5 of 11 for 60 yards with a 62.7 rating.

The poor start by Collins has led to speculation that the Colts might try to find another veteran to step in – maybe former Jacksonville quarterback David Garrard or retired Bengals quarterback Carson Palmer.

Garrard’s agent told The Associated Press in an e-mail that the Colts have not contacted him.

Some fed-up fans have even suggested the Colts tank the season so they can draft Manning’s eventual heir in April. They’re hoping to get Stanford quarterback Andrew Luck.

Caldwell isn’t thinking that way.

He’d rather start winning games and get Manning back as soon as possible.

“The only thing I know is what was stated on Sept. 8 when we released the last statement,” Caldwell said. “I think that stands, and I think our owner clarified his position with his last tweet. He (Manning) is still rehabbing and coming along and we’ll see how it goes.”

AP

2011 NFL Predictions: Indianapolis Colts Reign in AFC South Is over


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For the last nine seasons, the Indianapolis Colts have dominated the AFC South. In 2011, that domination is over.

This shift in the balance of power has less to do with the Colts slipping as a franchise and more to do with their rivals in the division getting better. There is some of the former in the equation, though.

There has to be concern over Peyton Manning’s neck surgery. He waited so long to have the procedure because he wanted to be under the care of the team’s doctors. That’s understandable, but it puts him well behind the eight ball for getting ready for the season.

There are also lingering worries over other parts of the Colts roster. The defense has two star pass rushers in Dwight Freeney and Robert Mathis, but the secondary is suspect.

There’s also lingering questions about the running game. Joseph Addai is up and down more than a seesaw and Donald Brown has yet to break out.

The Houston Texans will be more than glad to fill the void left by the Colts at the top of the division.

Given their history of coming up short when much is expected of them, it’s tough to get on board with them as contenders.

The offense is already championship caliber. Matt Schaub is among the most prolific quarterbacks in the league and Andre Johnson is the best receiver in football. That’s to say nothing of Arian Foster, who led the league in rushing last season.

Most importantly for the Texans success, they finally have some direction on the defensive side of the ball. Wade Phillips has been brought in to instill his version of the 3-4 defense and he has done a good job of helping general manager Rick Smith and head coach Gary Kubiak find the talent that best fits what he is trying to do.

Johnathan Joseph and Danieal Manning will start right away in the secondary. Recent draftee J.J. Watt will hold down defensive end and allow Mario Williams to move back to outside linebacker. This way, Phillips can bring Williams on blitzes from any number of different places.

The Texans defense will be a different group thanks to Phillips and the new additions. The change will be big enough to vault the Texans up the AFC South ranks, leaving the Indianapolis Colts in their dust.

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