Backups will likely share role again

Updated: October 6, 2003, 8:10 PM ET
ESPN.com news services

TAMPA, Fla. -- Indianapolis Colts running back Edgerrin James will not play in tonight's game against Tampa Bay, ESPN.com's Len Pasquarelli has learned.

 Edgerrin James
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Colts' coach Tony Dungy told the Indianapolis Star on Sunday a decision on James would come at game time on Monday.

"He's a little bit sore, but we'll see how things go," Dungy told the paper on Sunday, James missed Sunday's light workout in Indianapolis. "My sense is that if he does play, it's because he's feeling good and really pretty close to 100 percent. If not, we probably won't play him."

James returned to practice Thursday for the first time since injuring his back against Jacksonville on Sept. 20. He sat out the Colts' 55-21 victory at New Orleans last Sunday.

Backups Ricky Williams, James Mungro and Dominic Rhodes shared playing time against the Saints, and will likely do so again to replace James.

Len Pasquarelli is a senior NFL writer for ESPN.com.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.

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