Gary Brackett Returns to Practice as Colts Prepare to Face Cowboys
Brackett, the Indianapolis Colts' starting middle linebacker and defensive captain, practiced on a limited basis Thursday after missing practice Wednesday and the last three games with a toe injury. Indianapolis will play host to the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday.
Brackett's return to practice came the same day as tight end Brody Eldridge practiced fully after being limited Wednesday and running back Mike Hart practiced for a second consecutive day. Hart missed the last two games with an ankle injury.
The Colts' injury report Thursday:
RB Joseph Addai (neck, limited), Brackett (toe, limited), WR Austin Collie (concussion, limited), TE Brody Eldridge (rib, full), S Aaron Francisco (thigh, limited), DE Dwight Freeney (rested Wednesday, full), RB Mike Hart (ankle, full), CB Kelvin Hayden (neck, did not participate), OT Charlie Johnson (back, DNP), DT Ricardo Mathews (back, limited), DE Robert Mathis (rested Thursday), DT Dan Muir (hamstring, limited), S Bob Sanders (biceps, DNP), LB Clint Session (elbow, DNP) and CB Justin Tryon (foot, full).
Mathews and Muir also returned to practice after missing Wednesday.
Sanders has been ruled out this week, and Caldwell said he is expected to visit doctor James Andrews in Birmingham, Ala., soon to get a better idea about a timetable for a return.
"He's here," Caldwell said of the two-time Pro Bowl safety and 2007 Associated Press Defensive Player of the year. "He's rehabbing. He looks good. (An evaluation) should be forthcoming. Once that is determined, we kind of get a real good idea of what the outlook looks like, in terms of whether or not he'll be able to start and when, in terms of practice, then it goes to the next phase.
"He'll practice, run around and see how he does and see if there are complications. It's a progression."
Caldwell also said there is no set timetable on the return of Collie, who has missed two of the last three games.
"He did a little bit in practice, and then he did a little extra work on his own," Caldwell said. "He's just kind of getting a good sense of how he's coming along. There has not been a declaration as of yet. He's continuing to be evaluated."
"In every phase, he's just one of those guys that works so hard to get back. It means so much to him. He's got a Type-A personality and has a great passion for playing the game, and he's trying everything he possibly can to get back out there."