Powers' return from surgery unlikely

With Jerraud Powers recovering from arm surgery and Kelvin Hayden still on the mend after suffering a neck injury two games ago, the Indianapolis Colts could be without both starting cornerbacks Thursday night against the Tennessee Titans.

And Tennessee is expected to have Kenny Britt back after a four-game layoff due to a hamstring injury.

If Kerry Collins can crank up a big effort and the Titans' line can buy him some time, he could have some opportunities downfield with Britt, Randy Moss and anyone else going against reserves Jacob Lacey, Justin Tryon and Cornelius Brown.

ESPN’s injury expert Stephania Bell doesn’t know more about the injury than I told her, but she said she’d expect a recovery time of about six weeks.

“But bone still continues to go through a remodeling process, [he] still needs to get comfortable using [his] forearm and risk for re-injury with contact, etc.,” she said. “Six weeks from today puts us at 1/18 so...”

She used Panthers receiver Steve Smith for a comparison.

He had a forearm radius fracture in Dec. 2009. In June, he re-fractured it playing flag football -- that’s “not necessarily uncommon; sometimes fractures happen near plate/bone interface,” she said. Smith had a second surgery around June 21, returned to practice for the first time on Aug. 14 and has been healthy since.