Banged-Up Colts Going Back to Work

QB Peyton Manning (Drew Hallowell/Getty)

After a 26-24 road loss to the Philadelphia Eagles, the Indianapolis Colts remain in first place with a 5-3 record. The Colts had a half-game lead over Tennessee heading into the Philadelphia game. But the loss to the Eagles brought Indianapolis back to a first-place tie with the Titans, who had a bye this past week.

Now it's a return to Lucas Oil Stadium and a home game with the Cincinnati Bengals Sunday.

Indianapolis came out of the Eagles game with only one serious injury. Wide receiver Austin Collie incurred a severe concussion late in the second quarter and was taken off the field on a stretcher.

Collie, who was in his first game back after missing the last two weeks after undergoing thumb surgery, was reported to have been awake and alert in the locker room at halftime.

He did not return to the game and is expected to be questionable for the Bengals game.

The Colts are hopeful of getting some injured players — such as running backs Joseph Addai (neck) and Mike Hart (ankle) along with weak-side linebacker Clint Session (elbow) — back for the matchup with Cincinnati.

Indianapolis had as many as 10 players on the injury list heading into the Eagles game.

Five key players — Addai, Hart, Session, rookie tight end Brody Eldridge and cornerback Justin Tryon — didn't make the trip to Philadelphia.

Depth has gotten so thin at tight end that rookie offensive guard Jacques McClendon practiced there last week.

"Our guys did a good job of fighting (through the rash of injuries in the loss to the Eagles)," coach Jim Caldwell said.

"We'll maybe get a couple guys back this week. And hopefully we didn't lose anybody (in the Philadelphia game). Certainly Austin will be questionable. But behind that, we'll see how it works out. Hopefully we can go into (the Cincinnati) game in a little bit better shape. But the fact of the matter, no matter what our injury situation is, our plan and aim and goal is to win. That's what we have to do."

TRENDING: Indianapolis' road woes continue. The Colts dropped to 5-3 for the season with all three losses coming on the road (Houston, 34-24; Jacksonville, 31-28; Philadelphia, 26-24). Five of the Colts' first eight games have been away from Lucas Oil Stadium. The Colts' only road wins came over Denver (27-13) and Washington (27-24).

Three of the next four games will be at home, starting with this week's matchup with Cincinnati in the resumption of the Battle of I-74. Five of the final eight games this season will be at Lucas Oil Stadium.

LINEUP WATCH: The Colts got good play Sunday by a pair of rookies. Linebacker Pat Angerer made his third straight start in Sunday's game with the Eagles. Angerer started at middle linebacker against the Redskins and at strong-side linebacker against Houston and Philadelphia. Running back Javarris James, an undrafted free agent, scored his first two NFL touchdowns Sunday against the Eagles. James is a cousin of former Colts running back Edgerrin James. He was able to get playing time because of injuries to Addai and Hart.


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