Several players returned to practice on Wednesday afternoon, a great improvement on sketchy depth at key positions.
It was announced that Pat Angerer and Ahmad Bradshaw were moved from the PUP onto the active roster on Tuesday, although it is believed that the Colts will continue to take them along slowly. By Wednesday Angerer, Coby Fleener, Jerrell Freemaan and Joe Lefeged all returned to padded practices:
ILB Jerrell Freeman sounds as though he plans to play Sunday. Returned to practice Tuesday afternoon. #ColtsCamp— George Bremer (@gmbremer) August 14, 2013
Defense getting healthier overall, with safety Joe Lefeged becoming the latest to return this morning. #ColtsCamp— George Bremer (@gmbremer) August 14, 2013
LB Pat Angerer and S Joe Lefeged also are in full pads today. #ColtsCamp— George Bremer (@gmbremer) August 14, 2013
The improved health comes at a time when the Colts desperately needed it. Kavell Conner was forced to play into the fourth quarter of the Colts' first preseason game due to a lack of depth at inside linebacker, and injuries to Justin Hickman and Quinton Spears made the position even thinner.
Fleener's recovery from a concussion comes at a time when Dwayne Allen is being forced to sit on the sidelines for the rest of the preseason. Safety depth has been lacking since LaRon Landry and Sergio Brown were hurt, so Lefeged's return is crucial as well. Lefeged's return also could help a special teams unit that was used and abused last week.
It's possible that some of these players won't play on Sunday, but most of them should. In particular, Angerer won't play, and Fleener needs to pass a few more concussion tests in order to be eligible.