From the colts website:
Colts Running Back Practices, Could Play Sunday
INDIANAPOLIS — Edgerrin James said Monday he was a fast healer, and that he wouldn’t count himself out of Sunday’s game against the Green Bay Packers.
Colts Head Coach Tony Dungy was skeptical Monday. And Wednesday.
On Thursday, Dungy wasn’t quite as disbelieving.
James, the Colts’ starting running back and the AFC’s second-leading rusher, practiced Thursday afternoon despite a Grade 2 hamstring injury. The injury kept him out of practice Wednesday, but Dungy said Thursday James may be able to play Sunday.
James, who sustained the injury on his final carry this past Sunday against Tennessee, is listed as questionable on the Colts’ injury report, which means he has a 50 percent chance of playing.
“Edgerrin actually did well — surprisingly well,” Dungy said as the Colts (1-1) prepared to play host to the Green Bay Packers (1-1) in the home opener at the RCA Dome Sunday at 3:15 p.m. “
Based on what I saw today, he could probably play.”
James, who has rushed for 266 yards and two touchdowns this season, will have to practice again without a setback before he is cleared to play Sunday, Dungy said
“If he comes back (Friday) and doesn’t have any side effects — and is able to do just what he did today — I would think he’ll probably play,” Dungy said.
James worked extensively in the Colts’ individual periods Thursday, and some in team work and running drills.
“He surprised me,” Dungy said.
On Monday, the day after the injury, James told reporters that although the team was expecting him to be doubtful for Sunday, he wasn’t as sure. James said he was a fast healer, and that he believed it was possible he could play.
“If he came back (Friday) and was feeling the same way, ran the same way, and did the same amount of things and didn’t have any ill-effects, I think we would play him,” Dungy said.
If James can’t play, fourth-year running back Dominic Rhodes will made his first start since the 2001 season finale.
Even if James plays, Dungy said Rhodes likely will play extensively.
“If he plays, we’re obviously going to be smart,” Dungy said. “It’s one thing to play. It’s another thing to play 85 plays and not get a break. Obviously, he does have an injury, so I don’t think he would play every single play.”
If James plays, Rhodes likely will handle kickoff returns, Dungy said. If James doesn’t play, wide receiver Brad Pyatt will handle both punt and kickoff returns.
I would wait as long as possible on this one.