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Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Colts Injury Update: Bjoern Werner returns to practice

By on 10/08/2014 12:45:00 PM

The Indianapolis Colts will travel to take on the Houston Texans Thursday night, and the team updated their injury report on Tuesday.

Linebacker Bjoern Werner (ankle) was a full participant in Tuesday's session, after sitting out on Monday, so he looks fairly certain to play Thursday night. Werner has moved into a key role with Robert Mathis suspended and now out for the season, and the 2013 first-round pick is tied for the team in sacks with two.

The Colts have a few other notable injuries on the defensive side of the ball, starting with inside linebacker Jerrell Freeman (hamstring), who was listed as limited during Tuesday's practice. He returned to action in Week 5 against the Baltimore Ravens after missing the previous three games, but Freeman may be officially listed as questionable for Thursday night.

Defensive tackle Arthur Jones missed practice on Monday and Tuesday. He has missed the last three games with an ankle issue, and all indications are he will not play against Houston.

Cornerback Darius Butler did not practice on Monday or Tuesday due to an an ankle issue of his own, and he was seen standing on the sidelines in a walking boot on Tuesday. He was in and out of Sunday's game against Baltimore, and he looks iffy to play Thursday night.

Indianapolis' offensive line looks likely to be short-handed against the Texans and J.J. Watt, as guards Hugh Thornton (back) and Jack Mewhort (ankle) are both dealing with injuries. Mewhort looks likely to miss a second straight game, and Thornton is at best uncertain for Thursday night after missing Tuesday's practice.

Veteran wide receiver Reggie Wayne did not practice on Tuesday, but the team listed it as a simple rest day and he is not known to be dealing with an injury.

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