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The Indianapolis Colts will host the New Orleans Saints this Sunday at Lucas Oil Stadium at 1:00 p.m., and the team will be looking for a win to get their record above .500 once again. The Saints provide a tough test, however, and that is especially true of Drew Brees and the offense. As such, the Colts will need to be at full strength defensively, but a few notable starters sat out of practice on Wednesday.
Here's the full practice report for the Colts on Wednesday as they began preparations for New Orleans, followed by some comments:
Did Not Practice:
Jerrell Freeman, ILB (groin)
Mike Adams, S (hamstring)
Clayton Geathers, S (knee)
Robert Mathis, OLB (rest)
Andre Johnson, WR (rest)
Vontae Davis, CB (rest)
Nate Irving, ILB (knee)
The injury report looks worse initially because three players missed practice for a veteran's rest day: Robert Mathis, Andre Johnson, and Vontae Davis. Mathis and Johnson normally miss practice on Wednesday for this very reason, and today Davis joined them.
A few other defensive players did miss because of injury, however, and that includes two safeties. This is likely the reason why the team signed Dewey McDonald yesterday, as Mike Adams and Clayton Geathers were both injured during Sunday's loss to the Patriots. They are both described as day to day, but their status for this weekend's game is currently unknown. Jerrell Freeman played last week, but he has been hampered by a groin injury recently - the same injury that caused him to miss today. He is day to day as well, so we'll keep an eye on him. The good news is that Nate Irving was a full participant today after missing last Sunday's game, so this is a good sign that he is improving.