The bye week did little to improve the health of the Indianapolis Colts’ backfield, with starter Joseph Addai and back-up Donald Brown unlikely to do much work during this week’s practices.
“I do not anticipate Joseph practicing at all (today) and Donald is questionable. If he does, it will be limited work,” Colts head coach Jim Caldwell said on Thursday via Phillip Wilson of the Indianapolis Star.
The Colts host the Houston Texans on Monday night.
Addai is coming off a season-high 128-yard effort two weeks ago against the Washington Redskins, but injured his shoulder in the fourth quarter. Brown, the team’s first-round pick in the 2009 NFL Draft, has missed the last three weeks with an injured hamstring.
With Brown out, third-year running back Mike Hart has picked up more carries, totaling 93 yards on 26 carries with a touchdown in five games.
Hart was one of four running backs on the Colts’ initial 53-man roster this season, but the injuries to Addai and Brown, as well as the season-ending injury to Devin Moore, has prompted the Colts’ front office to sign Javarris James off the Redskins’ practice squad and claim Andre Brown off waivers from the Denver Broncos.