Colts’ Addai likely out, Painter earns more starts

The Colts are still looking for their first win of the season and they will probably have try to do it against the  Bengals without top running back Joseph Addai. Delone Carter is the probable starter for the Colts, but will likely split carries with Donald Brown. The Colts running game has been a non-factor and this certainly doesn’t seem to be the week that they break out. The Bengals are among the league’s best at stopping the run, allowing just 88.6 yards per game on the ground.

Addai is averaging less than 50 rushing yards per game through the first five weeks of the season. As paltry as that is, he has easily been Indy’s most productive back. There’s little doubt that once Addai is ready to go again he’ll be back in the starting lineup.

The same can’t be said of former starting QB Kerry Collins. Colts coach Jim Caldwell affirmed during his Thursday press conference that even when Collins recovers from his concussion, Curtis Painter will remain the team’s starter.

“That’s the way it is,” said Caldwell. “He’s playing well and he’s doing a nice job. I think you’ll continue to see him do well.”

That continues to be bad news for WR Reggie Wayne fantasy owners. Wayne hasn’t seen the end zone since Week 1 and hasn’t had more than 77 yards receiving in a game since Painter took over as the starter. Conversely, WR Pierre Garcon has become the Colts’ big-play receiver, with 271 yards and four touchdowns in the past two weeks.

— Marcas Grant

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