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Colts Wednesday Injury Report: Darius Butler Returns to Practice

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Here's your Wednesday Colts injury report.

Phil Sears-USA TODAY Sports

The Colts returned to the practice field on Wednesday after their typical off day on Tuesday, so this afternoon the Colts released their first injury report of the week.  Head coach Chuck Pagano updated the media with the status of wide receiver Reggie Wayne and running back Trent Richardson earlier today, calling them both "day-to-day." That was the big injury update of the day, but there is also some more significant things relating to the injury report to look at today.  Here's the full injury report, with some thoughts to follow:

Gosder Cherilus, OL (rest) - did not practice

Jack Doyle, TE (knee) - did not practice

Trent Richardson, RB (hamstring) - did not practice

Reggie Wayne, WR (elbow) - did not practice

Darius Butler, CB (ankle) - limited practice

Arthur Jones, DL (ankle) - full practice

A few thoughts...

  • Again, Reggie and Richardson are both day-to-day.  Chuck Pagano wouldn't commit to Reggie's status as far as practicing this week or playing Sunday goes, but he did say that he hopes Richardson will be able to get out on the practice field tomorrow.
  • Arthur Jones was a full participant today, just like he was last Friday.  On his weekly radio show Monday night on 1070 the Fan in Indianapolis, Pagano said that he expects Jones to play this Sunday.  That is expected after he returned to practice last week but was inactive for the game to give him another week to get healthy.  The full expectation is that he'll be out there for the defense on Sunday against the Steelers.
  • Also good news is that Darius Butler was back today.  He has missed the past two games with an ankle injury and he hasn't practiced since the week before the team's week five game against the Ravens.  He was only limited today and we don't know whether he'll be available for this Sunday's game yet, but the fact that he was back on the practice field is encouraging and hopefully his ankle responds well to the work.
  • Lastly, Jerrell Freeman was not on today's injury report.  Freeman had an MRI on Monday for a hip injury that Pagano didn't think was bad, and obviously it wasn't.  Freeman was practicing today and didn't even appear on the injury report, so he seems to be fine.