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Jack Mewhort, Henry Anderson return to practice for Colts on Monday

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The Indianapolis Colts are conducting the rare Monday practice today as they return from their week off to get ready for this Sunday’s big matchup against the Tennessee Titans, and they may have some encouraging news: left guard Jack Mewhort is back to practice, as is defensive lineman Henry Anderson..

That’s according to Colts.com’s Kevin Bowen, who also notes that right tackle Joe Reitz was in a red non-contact jersey, meaning he’s still working his way back through the concussion protocol.

Mewhort has missed a month due to his triceps injury. He missed the team’s first game against the Titans with the injury though he was expected to return after that, but he suffered a setback in practice on Wednesday (his first practice back) and hasn’t worked since, missing the next two games and then also having the bye week to recover. Any status updates on Mewhort’s injury or potential return dates have been very vague, leading to questions about just how long he would be out. So the fact that he’s back to practice today is at the very least a promising sign.

That doesn’t mean for sure that Mewhort will play this Sunday, especially since the last time he practiced he had a setback. But if he responds well to practicing today, the Colts will likely continue to increase his workload toward a possible return to the field on Sunday. So there’s still a long way to go before Sunday, but this rare Monday practice does provide some promise for the Colts.

It’s also good news that Henry Anderson is back, as he too has missed a month and has missed the team’s past three games as he deals with a knee injury. It would be big to get Anderson back, particularly since Kendall Langford has also been out with a knee injury. The big thing is not to rush Anderson back, but if they can get him back on the field and healthy this Sunday that would be a big addition against a good Titans running game. Again, just because he’s practicing today doesn’t mean that he’ll play this Sunday, but it’s definitely a good sign.