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Two games in five days for Colts

Tuesday, November 20, 2007

INDIANAPOLIS -- Two games in five days doesn't leave much time for practice for the Indianapolis Colts, but coach Tony Dungy isn't looking for excuses as his team prepares to face Atlanta on Thursday.

"I think our guys are ready for the task of going down there on a short week and getting ourselves a win. We're excited by the challenge and looking forward to it," he said.

The Colts (8-2) are coming off a 13-10 win over the Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday but have lost two of their last three games. Atlanta (3-7), is coming off a 31-7 loss to Tampa Bay last week.

The shortened time for practice gives the Colts time to "get pretty much what we need to get done," Dungy said, adding that the time constraints can't be used as an excuse.

"You've got to just expect to play your normal game. Function well. Know that, again, that in most of those situations games are lost as opposed to won. And you've got to do those things that prevent you from losing them," Dungy said.

After Thursday night's game, Dungy will give his team the rest of the week off. The Colts will then reconvene on Monday and start preparing for a Dec. 2 home game with AFC South rival Jacksonville.

COLTS INJURIES: The Colts placed wide receiver Aaron Moorehead on injured reserve Tuesday, effectively ending his season.

Moorehead was hit hard in the back in last week's win over Kansas City and did not return to the game. He has been bothered by back spasms earlier in the season.

Meanwhile, Indianapolis re-signed defensive Dan Klecko, who was released last week, to the active roster.

Dungy continues to hope that wide receiver Anthony Gonzalez (thumb) and offensive tackle Tony Ugoh (neck), will be available this week. Both practiced on Tuesday.

Sitting out practice Tuesday were offensive tackles Ryan Diem (ankle), Daniel Federkeil (concussion) and Charlie Johnson (team decision); safeties Matt Giordano (hamstring) and Bob Sanders (team decision); cornerback Tim Jennings (upper leg); and offensive guard Ryan Lilja (team decision).

Sanders and Lilja are expected to start against the Falcons, while a decision on Johnson's availability for the Atlanta game likely won't be made until Thursday.

Wide receiver Marvin Harrison (knee) and linebacker Tyjuan Hagler (neck) both saw limited work. Their playing status likely won't be updated until game time Thursday.

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