Saturday injury makes for long day 

September, 10, 2008
09/10/08
8:21
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The most interesting name on the injury report Wednesday was center Jeff Saturday. Saturday decided not to have knee surgery, which would have sidelined him for 10-to-12 weeks. He was on the Colts injury report as having full participation in Wednesday's practice. Asked by reporters about Saturday's status, Colts coach Tony Dungy didn't rule Saturday out of Sunday's game against the Vikings.

Originally, Saturday was expected to be out at least six weeks. He missed the opener with the knee injury. During his absence, the Colts have been using rookie center Jamey Richard, but Peyton Manning, already limited by having only one week of practice with the first-team offense, had the extra burden of calling the protections along with calling the plays. The extra long pre-snap calls threw off the slowed down the tempo of the offense. Saturday could be trying to rush back for what might be considered an important game against the Vikings.

Expected news on Brady: News that Tom Brady tore an ACL and an MCL wasn't a surprise. In many ways, that is what everyone expected when they watched the hit. The injury turned out not to be as bad as thought although it will keep him out for the season. The good news is that Brady didn't damage any bone around the knee. Carson Palmer's knee injury was worse, but he bounced back the next season. Brady becomes the fourth major NFL quarterback since the end of the 2005 season to be forced to come back from a knee reconstruction. Palmer, Donovan McNabb and Philip Rivers have all rebounded successfully.
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