Indianapolis’ backfield has been thrown for a loss.
Colts running back Joseph Addai has a slightly torn hamstring that is expected to sideline him two to four weeks, according to a Colts source, and rookie running back Mike Hart has a torn ACL that landed him on the season-ending injured reserve list, Indianapolis coach Tony Dungy confirmed Wednesday.
To help make up for the absence of Addai and Hart, the Colts re-signed running back Clifton Dawson, who spent 13 games with the Colts last season, and promoted rookie running back Chad Simpson from their practice squad.
Dungy said he envisions using Dominic Rhodes, Dawson and Simpson on Sunday at Green Bay. Dungy also said he does not think Addai’s injury is of the long-term variety, and it wouldn’t surprise Dungy if Addai could be lobbying to play by the end of the week.
But before that happens, Addai also is expected to seek a second opinion on his hamstring injury. As much as he would like to play, he also knows that if he comes back too soon from it, he risks aggravating it and sidelining himself even longer. So the inside word is, look for Addai to miss anywhere from two to four weeks, though it probably will turn out to be less time than more.