INDIANAPOLIS — Jim Sorgi, the Indianapolis Colts’ primary backup quarterback for the past five seasons, was back at practice Saturday.
Sorgi, who has been out since incurring a strained right hamstring in training camp on Aug. 7, threw the ball around during the team’s short workout and might be available to see limited work against Detroit on Aug. 29.
“It feels good [to be back practicing again]. I’m not totally back, not 100 percent yet, but doing a little more. Getting back into the swing of things, trying to get back in the fold again I guess. Get out there a little bit, move around. See how it feels after a little more activity and hopefully I can go back home this weekend and play some football,” he said.
A native of Fraser, Mich., which is located about 15 miles outside of Detroit, Sorgi has already been deluged with ticket requests by family and friends for the Colts’ game at Ford Field.
“I’m not ruling [playing against the Lions] out. I’m not ruling it in. I’m just kind of going day-by-day and see how it feels [today] from what I did [Saturday]. And try to get out there Tuesday during a full practice and see I feel after that,” he said.
“If things keep progressing like they have been, I think there’s a very good chance [that he could play against Detroit]. I’ve got a lot of people coming [to the game]. Got a lot of family, a lot of friends. People who I haven’t talked to in ages. Even if I’m not playing, I’m going. That’s one thing the quarterbacks have to do. I have work to do even if I’m not playing. So either way, I’m going to be there.”
Sorgi says that his recovery period has gone quicker than originally expected.
“Originally they were saying around three weeks before I’d get back [to practice]. And it’s been two weeks, almost to the day. I think [Friday] was two weeks. So I’m ahead of schedule and I feel good. It’s nice to get out there and start throwing the ball and be with the guys,” he said.
“You feel kind of like an outsider, you know, when you’re hurt. You’re not so much in the plans. It’s a little easier for me to have been around [the team] so I can give my input to the younger guys. But it still feels like an outsider when you’re not on the field. I just want to get back on the inside of things. This [the preseason] is where I get most of my work. I don’t want to push [back his return] to the regular season because then I’m going into the regular season without getting any reps. In case something happens [to starter Peyton Manning], I don’t want go out there and my first snap to be the second or third game of the season when all the chips are on the line. I want to get a little practice before that.”
• Injury list — In addition to Sorgi, running back Chad Simpson, meanwhile, was able to take part in Saturday’s brief practice session, as did quarterback Jim Sorgi. Simpson incurred an injured right shoulder during the Eagles game. There was no update on the status of safety Matt Giordano (groin).
Second-year running back Mike Hart (ankle) is expected to be sidelined for a couple of weeks. Hart, who had sprained his right ankle during training camp in Terre Haute, did the same thing to his left ankle in Thursday night’s preseason game with Philadelphia.
“Not real sure [how long Hart will be out]. Could be a couple of weeks at least. And then it could be more than that. It just depends [on his recovery period],” Colts coach Jim Caldwell said Saturday.
Rookie offensive guard Jaimie Thomas did not practice Saturday. Thomas had a brace on his left knee during the workout.
“He should be okay,” Caldwell said. “There’s a couple of guys who got a few bumps and bruises who were kind of standing out there [Saturday] that we wanted to rest. We wanted to give [top draft choice] Donald Brown some rest a little bit. He’s been banged up, a little sore. A couple of guys were resting out there [during practice].”
• Roster moves — The Colts announced Saturday that the team has released middle linebacker Adam Seward and quarterback Chris Crane. Indianapolis has re-signed former Illinois State running back Walter Mendenhall and added former Iowa safety Marcus Paschal to the roster.
Seward had been signed as an undrafted free agent on March 20. He had been a fifth-round draft choice of the Carolina Panthers in 2005. Mendenhall was initially added to the Indianapolis roster on Aug. 13 but was waived a couple of days later.
Paschal was originally signed as an undrafted free agent by the Philadelphia Eagles in 2007. He was not on an NFL roster in any capacity during the 2008 season. The 6-foot, 201-pound native of Clearwater, Fla., was signed by the Atlanta Falcons this past January and was released on May 15.
Depending on how Sorgi does in practice next week, Crane could be brought back again.
“We’re not real sure [if Sorgi will be able to play against the Lions]. That’s one of the things that we’re going to take a good look at and see just how he progresses. He was out there [Saturday], but we really haven’t seen him put really any stress on it as of yet,” the Colts coach said.
“He will participate [in practice] a little bit. On Tuesday, we’ll try to see if we can ramp it up a little bit more and see exactly how much he can do.”Caldwell, though, is keeping his options open for the time being.
“We’re going to look at every conceivable possibility. If [Sorgi hasn’t recovered enough], we’ll kind of look at that down the road. But we fully expect right now and anticipate that [Sorgi] will be able to move forward and keep progressing and be just fine. And if can’t go, we’ll have to look at maybe another scenario.”
INDIANAPOLIS — Jim Sorgi, the Indianapolis Colts’ primary backup quarterback for the past five seasons, was back at practice Saturday.
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