INDIANAPOLIS—Head coach Jim Caldwell opened his Wednesday press conference with the news that reserve linebacker Jordan Senn was released this week.
That was a statement with a hidden message, one that will be appreciated by Colts players and fans.
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He wasn't even on the Colts' injury list when it was released by the team on Wednesday, which means that the veteran linebacker will likely return to the lineup for the first time after a knee injury sidelined him for the team's last two games.
Perhaps even more encouraging for Colts was the return of Bob Sanders to practice, which has been a rare sight even since the beginning of training camp back in late July. A problematic knee has kept Sanders out of the first four games but for the first time in months head coach Jim Caldwell seem to indicate that the 2007 NFL Defensive Player of the Year might be making some progress.
"He is ramping up his activity just a little bit, so that's probably the best way to describe it," said head coach Jim Caldwell at his Wednesday press conference. "He'll probably participate in some limited activity on the field."
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Does that mean any hope for this week's game against the Titans in Nashville?
"At this point I would not be able to tell you that in earnest," said Caldwell of Sanders' availability for Sunday night's game.
At the very least, Colts fans will be happy to see their starting middle linebacker in action again.In just under two games this season Brackett had 17 tackles, which was the team high before being forced to leave the Colts lineup in the fourth quarter of the Dolphins' game on September 21st.
Freddie Keiaho and Tyjuan Hagler alternated filling in for Brackett along with Senn, who saw his most significant playing time on Sunday.
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The second year linebacker, who plays primarily special teams, was already waived once this season on September 7th, only to be resigned against on September 23rd. Chad Simpson, who was returning kicks for the Colts earlier in the season, was resigned and will take Senn's place on the roster.