As sandsnake informed everyone earlier this week from a Peter King quote, it looks as if it may be legit. According to this newspaper, both Anthony Gonzalez and Donald Brown practiced Monday. From the Tribune Star in Terre Haute (http://www.tribstar.com/sports/local_story_355182537.html):
"Gonzalez, Brown return to practice — Wide receiver Anthony Gonzalez and Brown took part in Monday afternoon’s short workout. Gonzalez has been sidelined since suffering a right knee injury Sept. 13 in the season opener with Jacksonville. He was due back in mid-November but underwent arthroscopic surgery, which had delayed his return. Brown, meanwhile, suffered a chest injury against Baltimore on Nov. 29 and has not played since. He had been sidelined earlier in the season, missing two games with a shoulder injury that he incurred against St. Louis on Oct. 25. It’s not known whether either player will be able to play against the Jets this week."
So it looks like they AT LEAST practiced, which is a good sign. I'm not looking too hard into that last sentence, as it is not known because it likely was not addressed by any of the staff or team. Plus, its obviously not a smart journalistic move to use what is clearly a short, light practice and get the fans' hopes up. I would expect that they return against the Jets. No update on Vinny, though. It doesn't say whether he practiced or not, so we'll have to play the guessing game with him for just a little longer it seems, which I am really beginning to despise.
UPDATE: Oehser has a recap of our fearless leader, Bill Polian's radio show where he fills in a lot of the blanks for the questions we still have. http://www.examiner.com/examiner/x-4450-Indianapolis-Colts-Examiner~y2009m12d22-Indianapolis-Colts-WR-Anthony-Gonzalez-an-endofweek-gametime-decision-for-Sunday. A few tidbits...
-Gonzo will practice this week. The team will evaluate how he does and he will be a game-time decision. They would like to get him as many reps as possible should he play.
-AV will kick this week in practice, or at least try to, and it sounds like Polian wants to see him out there.
-Jerraud Powers is likely going to sit out the remainder of the regular season to be fresh for the playoffs. Since he's a rookie and may be beginning to feel worn down from a longer season, this could be a very smart move.