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The Indianapolis Colts are back to their normal practice routine this week after a Thursday game last week that threw the schedule off. The team was back on the practice field on Wednesday to really begin preparations for this Sunday's game against the New England Patriots, and for the most part the Colts are rather healthy.
Here's a full look at today's practice report, followed by some comments:
Did Not Practice:
Jerrell Freeman, ILB (groin)
Tyler Varga, RB (concussion)
Robert Mathis, OLB (rest)
Andre Johnson, WR (rest)
Trent Cole, OLB (back)
Nate Irving, ILB (knee)
Andrew Luck, QB (shoulder)
Bjoern Werner, OLB (hamstring)
The only two players to miss practice because of an actual injury were Jerrell Freeman and Tyler Varga, and later in the day the Colts placed Varga on injured reserve in order to make room for Ahmad Bradshaw. Varga really impressed in preseason and made the 53-man roster, and he was doing a lot of good things but unfortunately suffered a concussion in week three against the Titans that has kept him out since.
As for Freeman, he missed last Thursday's game with a groin injury and again missed practice today. Freeman is the team's starting inside linebacker, and it would seem at this point as if his status is still very uncertain for this weekend's game. That is definitely a situation to keep an eye on.
Of the limited players, the one that really stands out is, of course, quarterback Andrew Luck. Luck threw in practice todayand, during the portion of practice open to the media appeared to be a full go, but it turns out that he was a limited participant and Chuck Pagano wouldn't give much insight into his status.
The good news is that Bjoern Werner was a full participant, which is a bit of a surprise after Pagano described him as week to week just last week with the hamstring injury. For the Colts, that week to week designation normally means that the player will miss significant time, so it's good to see Werner back out there as a full participant in practice today.