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James practices again

INDIANAPOLIS -- Edgerrin James could play for the first time
in three weeks Sunday for the Indianapolis Colts as he continues
recovering from a back injury.

Colts coach Tony Dungy said Thursday that James was in good
shape after practicing Wednesday for the first time since he was
hurt in a Sept. 21 game against Jacksonville.

"It was a good sign, I think, coming back a second day after a
hard practice. I'm optimistic about his chances this week," Dungy
said.

The Colts (5-0) hope to have the two-time NFL rushing champ back
on the field for Sunday's game against the Carolina Panthers (4-0).

"It'll be a game-time (decision)," Dungy said. "But I would
think if he goes three practices in a row without any problems, he
should be fine."

The Colts also are watching James Mungro, one of the running
backs who have filled in for James the last two games.

Mungro sprained his right knee late in Monday's game against
Tampa Bay and did not practice Wednesday or Thursday. He had an MRI
on Wednesday and the results showed a slight cartilage tear.

Dungy said Mungro's injury could heal on its own, but there was
a chance he would need arthroscopic surgery.

"I think the thought process now is to probably let it go,"
Dungy said. "He's going to practice (Friday) and hopefully it will
be OK."