James returns to practice, will probably play Monday

Updated: October 2, 2003, 8:57 PM ET

INDIANAPOLIS -- Edgerrin James returned to practice Thursday for the Indianapolis Colts and is expected to play in Monday's game against Tampa Bay.

James, a two-time NFL rushing champion, had not practiced since injuring his back against Jacksonville on Sept. 20. He sat out the Colts' 55-21 victory at New Orleans on Sunday.

Colts coach Tony Dungy said James was doing well.

"It looks like he's going to able to play if he doesn't have any setbacks," Dungy said. "He moved around and did fine. Now we'll see how it is (Friday) after having some activity."

Having James back in the lineup could give a boost to a Colts offense that will be facing perhaps the NFL's best defense in Tampa Bay. Backups Ricky Williams, James Mungro and Dominic Rhodes shared playing time against the Saints.

"The thing that Edgerrin can do is that he can do a lot of things," Dungy said. "Our other guys do a lot of the same things, but not everybody does them as well. So if Edgerrin doesn't go, we'll have to substitute and move people around like we did last game. But they showed that they can get the job done."

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