James expected to start Sunday; Glenn questionable

Updated: October 22, 2003, 9:03 PM ET

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. -- Running back Edgerrin James is expected to start when the Indianapolis Colts play the Houston Texans on Sunday at the RCA Dome.

James has missed the last three games with a lower back injury, but the two-time NFL rushing champion was able to practice Monday and Wednesday.

Coach Tony Dungy, who earlier in the week expressed a wait-and-see attitude toward James' return, was optimistic Wednesday.

"I think he should be fine," Dungy said. "Edgerrin can do a lot of things well, so you don't have to tailor your offense specifically. You can do a lot of things with him in there without having to substitute. That's probably the advantage it gives you offensively."

Two other running backs, Ricky Williams and James Mungro, will miss this week's game due to ankle and knee injuries. Williams might be back in time for Indianapolis' game Nov. 2 at Miami. There is no timetable on Mungro's return from minor knee surgery.

Offensive tackle Tarik Glenn was expected back at practice Wednesday but was forced to sit out. His status for Sunday remains up in the air.

Glenn's streak of 101 consecutive starts was snapped two weeks ago against Carolina due to sprained left knee. He was injured Oct. 6 at Tampa Bay.

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