The battered Indianapolis Colts expect to play the remainder of the 2001 season without running back Edgerrin James, but quarterback Peyton Manning should recover from a broken jaw in time to play Sunday.
|Colts RB Edgerrin James has missed two games already.|
A source close to the team said James' sprained left knee is "more serious" than first diagnosed and he "is probably out for the year."
Manning suffered a hairline fracture of the jaw in Sunday's 27-24 loss to Miami and was scheduled to undergo oral surgery Monday morning, the source said. However, the oral surgeon told Manning that a dental retainer he had since childhood helped diminish the injury and the quarterback should be able to play Sunday against the New Orleans Saints, according to the source.
Manning was injured in the fourth quarter when Dolphins defensive end Lorenzo Bromell hit him under the chin. Manning was bloodied by the blow. Bromell was penalized and likely will be fined by the NFL.
James sat out his second consecutive game since spraining his knee Nov. 1. The Colts have listed him only as "questionable" on the team injury report, but the source said that new medical information now puts his season in doubt. The source did not provide specific details on the latest medical information.
The Colts had other bad news Sunday. Outside linebacker Mike Peterson, their top defensive player, was lost for four-to-six weeks with a torn posterior cruciate ligament in his knee. Guard Steve McKinney was forced out for the second straight week with back spasms.