Indy's star rusher has strained hamstring

Updated: September 21, 2004, 1:39 PM ET
Associated Press

INDIANAPOLIS -- Indianapolis Colts: Edgerrin James, the Colts' top running back, strained his hamstring in Sunday's victory against Tennessee and may miss this week's game against Green Bay.

Edgerrin James
Running Back
Indianapolis Colts
Rush Yds TD Rec Yds TD
51 266 2 5 32 0

James was hurt on a 30-yard run that ended with him diving into the end zone. The score sealed the Colts' 31-17 come-from-behind victory at Tennessee. Indianapolis ran just one more offensive play -- a kneeldown.

Coach Tony Dungy said James did not believe the injury was serious.

"He thinks he's fine," Dungy said. "But the MRI shows some damage in there. If he had to go today, I would say he's doubtful."

James was running through some light drills Monday and was optimistic he would play this week.

"With me things always heal fast," he said. "I might be good to go or play split duty or whatever. I can run and do everything."

James was off to the best start since 2001, when he tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee. In the first two games of the season, James, who is in the final year of his contract, showed the combination of power and speed that made him one of the league's top backs in his first two seasons.

Against New England and Tennessee, two of the NFL's better defenses, James rushed for 266 yards and two touchdowns and averaged 5.2 yards. He is second in the NFL in rushing behind Curtis Martin of the New York Jets.

If James does not play against the Packers, Dominic Rhodes will start. Rhodes rushed for 1,104 yards in 2001 -- an NFL record for an undrafted rookie -- after replacing James for the final 10 games of the season.

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