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The Colts are getting healthy

Here’s a scary thought for the rest of the AFC South: The 4-0 Colts have done their damage with one hand tied behind their back because of injuries.

And unlike the Giants, for example, the Colts are expecting to get their all key injured players back in the lineup.  Starting now.

Starting middle linebacker Gary Brackett returned to practice Wednesday, and is fully expected to start Sunday night against the Titans.

2007 Defensive Player of the Year safety Bob Sanders also began “ramping up his activity” according to coach Jim Caldwell.  Sanders’ status for Sunday is less certain, but his return to the field is a good sign his recovery from knee surgery is improving.

Dwight Freeney, who surprisingly played 17 snaps last week and recorded a sack, is also expected to play against Tennessee.

Throw in the expected return of starting wideout Anthony Gonzalez sometime shortly after the Colts’ Week Six bye, and the number two team in this week’s power rankings should be getting even better.

It’s early, but not too early to think that the Colts are getting in pole position for a playoff bye.

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11 Responses to “The Colts are getting healthy”
  1. Otis Taylor 89 says: Oct 8, 2009 1:34 PM

    Maybe they will play someone who isn’t a laughingstock.

  2. Eazy-E says: Oct 8, 2009 1:40 PM

    Their cornerback Jerraud Powers is a stud, a lot like Ray Buchanan. With the Hitman back, where will Melvin Bullitt go? Trade Bait?

  3. case31 says: Oct 8, 2009 1:56 PM

    Bullitt could be on the field with Sanders. With as much as Bob is hurt, the Colts could very well have Bullitt replace him as he stays healthy and more importantly, is much cheaper.
    Bob is good, but the Colts can’t pay superstar money to a part-time player.

  4. ItMustBeJJ says: Oct 8, 2009 1:56 PM

    Nah Bullit is here to stay, Sanders hasn’t been consistently healthy since he’s been here and Bullit is just about the best insurance policy you can ask for.
    Also Caldwell/Polian said in the offseason that they were going to be looking for situations where they could both be on the field at the same time.
    P.S. Jacksonville is a decent team this year, and Arizona and especially Miami weren’t looking half bad until losing to the Colts. And the Seahawks still managed to give the Bears a run for their money.

  5. ItMustBeJJ says: Oct 8, 2009 1:57 PM

    And a Colts trade is a rare sight.

  6. Chimeric says: Oct 8, 2009 1:58 PM

    Maybe they will play someone who isn’t a laughingstock.
    Do they really need to? Isn’t it pretty much a given that they’re contenders at least until Manning retires?
    With the Hitman back, where will Melvin Bullitt go?
    Haha, he’ll be needed for the next time Sanders conks out!

  7. 5150cd says: Oct 8, 2009 1:58 PM

    @Otis
    Who would’ve thought the AFC South sucked so bad after last year…?
    @Easy-E
    Are you kidding!? Get rid of Bullitt? Hell, he gets more playing time than Sanders and until Sanders can prove he can stay healthy, the Colts NEED to keep him. If Sanders gets hurt again this year they need to dump him. Bullitt has proven he’s worth of the starting position.

  8. Tyler says: Oct 8, 2009 1:58 PM

    Eazy-E: Bullitt goes nowhere, and he will be RFA.
    Otis Taylor 89: The Cardinals were laughingstock?

  9. ItMustBeJJ says: Oct 8, 2009 2:05 PM

    If anything the Colts should try to trade Sanders…Dan Snyder would probably give a kidney and his first born for a crack at Sanders.

  10. winkel33 says: Oct 8, 2009 2:36 PM

    Anyone want to edit this article? “the Colts are expecting to get their all key injured players back in the lineup,” “Gary Brackett returned to practice Wednesday, and is full expected to start,” “who surprisingly played 17 snaps last week and record a sack”

  11. HATERADE says: Oct 8, 2009 4:30 PM

    they already are scary, what more when they get the rest of their studs back!?

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