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Colts could get several key players back at practice this week

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This week’s injury report for the Indianapolis Colts is quite positive, as head coach Chuck Pagano said today that there’s a good possibility that Donte Moncrief, Zach Kerr, Henry Anderson, Jack Mewhort, and Phillip Dorsett all return to practice today on a limited basis.

That’s really good news for a team that last week knew all seven gameday inactives on Friday due to injury. Moncrief (shoulder), Kerr (ankle), and Anderson (knee) have all been described as week-to-week, but hopefully they’re close to the end of their recoveries. And then Mewhort (tricep) and Dorsett (foot and hamstring) missed last week’s game due to their injuries as well.

Again, it’s important to keep in mind that it’s no sure thing which of these guys will play this Sunday against the Kansas City Chiefs. We’ll need to wait and see whether they actually do practice today, whether they’re limited all week, and whether the Colts feel its best to wait one more week before rushing a player back into game action. These are things we don’t know, but the fact that a number of guys should at least be back at practice is encouraging nonetheless and is at least a sign that they’re close.

Moncrief in particular is a player that many fans have been wondering about, as he’s been out since week two with a fractured scapula. Pagano said that Moncrief will be in a red non-contact jersey at practice this week, though the coach is “hopeful” that the team will have Moncrief for this Sunday’s game. Moncrief also sounds optimistic, as he said that he’ll be “surprised” if he’s not playing Sunday. But again, he said that the big issue is contact, and it doesn’t sound like he’ll be taking much contact (if any) in practice this week, so his status still remains to be seen.