James was hurt on a 30-yard run that ended with him diving into
the end zone. The score sealed the Colts' 31-17 come-from-behind
victory at Tennessee. Indianapolis ran just one more offensive play
-- a kneeldown.
Coach Tony Dungy said James did not believe the injury was
"He thinks he's fine," Dungy said. "But the MRI shows some
damage in there. If he had to go today, I would say he's
James was running through some light drills Monday and was optimistic he
would play this week.
"With me things always heal fast," he said. "I might be good
to go or play split duty or whatever. I can run and do
James was off to the best start since 2001, when he tore the
anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee. In the first two games
of the season, James, who is in the final year of his contract,
showed the combination of power and speed that made him one of the
league's top backs in his first two seasons.
Against New England and Tennessee, two of the NFL's better
defenses, James rushed for 266 yards and two touchdowns and
averaged 5.2 yards. He is second in the NFL in rushing behind
Curtis Martin of the New York Jets.
If James does not play against the Packers, Dominic Rhodes will
start. Rhodes rushed for 1,104 yards in 2001 -- an NFL record for an
undrafted rookie -- after replacing James for the final 10 games of