Holmes practices, not guaranteed to play

INDIANPOLIS -- Center Khaled Holmes was back on the practice field on a limited basis Wednesday for the Indianapolis Colts. Backup center Jonotthan Harrison was also back at practice as a full participant.

So does it mean that Holmes will be the starting center when Colts play the Denver Broncos on Sunday?

Not necessarily, according to coach Chuck Pagano.

Wednesday's practice was just a step for Holmes because it was his first since spraining his ankle on the first series Aug. 7 against the New York Jets. The next step for Holmes and the Colts will be Thursday. That's when they will see if he has any soreness or swelling in his ankle. The Colts will go forward from there.

Harrison started two games after Holmes went down but he missed the preseason finale against the Cincinnati Bengals with a right thumb injury. A.Q. Shipley, whom the Colts claimed off waivers from Baltimore last weekend, is also a possibility to start.

"We really haven't decided to be honest with you, who that's going to be regardless of health," Pagano said. "We're just going to go through the rest of the week and then determine what gives us the best chance, gives our offense the best chance to play at a high level and operate efficiently. Again, it was great having him back out there. He's got some rust to knock off obviously and we'll see how he feels come tomorrow morning, but we'll just wait and see. We've got to get all those guys ready to go."