Colts could have starters back vs. Denver

INDIANAPOLIS -- The Indianapolis Colts are on the verge of having their starting defensive unit on the field against the Denver Broncos on Sunday.

And it couldn’t come at a better time.

Safety LaRon Landry, who has missed the past four games with a high ankle sprain, has practiced the past two days and starting linebacker Jerrell Freeman, who missed the second half of Monday’s game at San Diego, returned to practice Thursday.

“It was good to get him back into the mix,” defensive coordinator Greg Manusky said about having Landry back. “It’s been a month now that we haven’t had him. So it’ll be good to get him back on the field and see how he does. He’s got fresh legs after a month.”

The Broncos are averaging a league-high 44.2 points, 476.0 yards per game and 360.7 passing yards a game. The Colts are coming off a disappointing defensive game in their loss to the Chargers. San Diego had the ball for almost 39 minutes against Indianapolis.

“They’re a good offense,” Manusky said. “But when the opportunity arises for us to make plays, we got to make sure we make them.”