Colts Center Jeff Saturday in Full Participation at Practice
Jeff Saturday, the Colts' four-time Pro Bowl center who missed the preseason with a knee injury, practiced on Wednesday and was listed as having participated on a full-time basis. He said earlier in the day, "I'm just making progress."
"I haven't hit yet," Saturday said before practice as the Colts continued preparing for the regular-season opener Sunday at Houston. "This will be the first week I've even hit in practice. I'm not making any definitive statement on what I'm going to do yet."
But left tackle Charlie Johnson, a projected starter, was listed as participating on a part-time basis, and reserve tackle Tony Ugoh did not practice because of a foot injury.
Johnson said he hopes to play Sunday, "but if it comes down to it, I'm not going to put the team in jeopardy."
"We'll just see how this week goes," Johnson said. "I'm not going to say anything. I'm going to get a little practice time today and see how it feels. We're going to try to take it day by day and see what happens."
Saturday said if he is OK physically, he feels he'll be able to play effectively even without having played in the preseason.
"Physically, if my knee can hold up, I'll be fine as far as playing," Saturday said. "I feel like I've been in the game long enough to understand what's going to be required. My conditioning has been good. I haven't let off in that.
"I've done things to keep healthy and strong, so from that standpoint, I think I'll be fine."
Third cornerback Jacob Lacey (head, concussion) also did not practice, nor did linebacker/special teams player Cody Glenn (hamstring).
The Texans also released their injury report, with cornerback Antwaun Molden (ankle) the only player not practicing. Tackle Duane Brown (hamstring), tight end Owen Daniels (knee) and defensive end Mario Williams (groin) were limited, with cornerback Kareem Jackson (eye) and running back Steve Slaton (toe) practicing on a full-participation basis.
Elsewhere around the AFC South injury front:
Titans: Linebacker Colin Allred (ankle, limited), defensive tackle Tony Brown (knee), did not practice), defensive end Jacob Ford (back, limited), wide receiver Justin Gage (hand, full participation), guard/center Leroy Harris (ankle, full), tackle Mike Otto (knee, did not practice) and linebacker Will Witherspoon (not injury related, did not practice). Jaguars: Running back/kick returner Deji Karim (limited) and cornerback Scotty McGee (shoulder, did not participate).