INDIANAPOLIS—There is no doubt that a few Colts fans have circled Sunday as a unique game for the team this season.
Not because Seattle has come in here undefeated or as a potential NFC favorite, but more for one player's link to the Colts' past.
"It's always different when your playing against a guy, and everybody's very competitive," said quarterback Peyton Manning when asked about James' return. "I'm happy that the fans will get to see him. I've always sensed when we've had some former players come back, I've always sensed that our fans have given him a warm reception."
It will not be the only Indianapolis connection returning to the backfield for the Seahawks. Cardinal Ritter grad Devin Moore is a backup for the team, and will likely see action on Sunday.
Big Play Pierre
Once again, Pierre Garcon was a big hit during the Colts' main media session thanks to a big play that helped to turn the game the Colts' way.
His 53 yard touchdown reception with under two minutes to go in the first half put the Colts up 21-3, and effectively swung the momentum to the Colts for good.
"It helps me out," said Garcon of the big plays. "You can't be up one week and down the next week, you just have to keep it level."
Of course with bigger plays must come the inevitable celebration, which after his touchdown against the Cardinals, was a point to his name on the back of the jersey.
"Hopefully it keeps going on every week, but if it doesn't happen, I won't get to down at all," said Garcon of touchdowns, and the celebrations.
Colts MASH Unit
Most of the major injuries on the defensive unit remain day-to-day, according to head coach Jim Caldwell. That includes Dwight Freeney (Quad), Kelvin Hayden (Hamstring) and Gary Brackett (Knee)
The last two missed the entire Arizona game nursing those injuries from the Miami win a week-and-a-half go, and as of Wednesday Hayden said he's not sure if he'll hit the field on Sunday.
"I'm gonna be smart about it," said Hayden of the injury. "If I don't go this week fine, I'll just continue to work on it, continue to prep it up to prepare for a game. If not this week, most definitely next week."
What About Bob-Week 4
The defense at the very least will not have Bob Sanders back for this weekends game, without much of an update from Caldwell as to when he may return to the practice field.
"He's getting better, but in terms of his status, increasing his activity, hasn't gotten out on the practice field as of yet," said Caldwell in updating the safety's status.
Bethea Either Way
One of the more interesting tidbits of Sunday's win over the Cardinals came off the field and on the television screen.
During the NBC player introductions, where each participant says his name and then college, Antoine Bethea pronounced his name a Beth-a-yah. That was changed to Beth-ay at the beginning of last season at the request of the player.
The clip Bethea with the previous saying of the last name was taped a few seasons back and reused for the broadcast.
"It is what it is, its not a big deal to me," said Bethea of his name pronunciation. "Be-thay, Be-thay-ah, whatever I know what they're talking about."
The Colts have added tight end Tom Santi back to the roster after he was cut a week ago.
Santi, who had the same bursa sac injury at Manning during 2008 training camp, will be on the practice squad to start. The second year tight end out of Virginia caught the first touchdown in the Colts' dramatic 21 point rally to beat the Texans at Reliant Stadium last
Colts Stat of the Week-2-
The number of games after Sunday that Jim Caldwell will have coached against the Seahawks. In 2005 he stepped in for Tony Dungy, who had to return to Tampa after his son's death. The game-a 28-13 loss in Seattle in a game where many starters rested-did not count against Caldwell's coaching record.