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Last updated on Friday, October 26, 2012
(Indianapolis, IN) - The Indianapolis Colts will face the Tennessee Titans in a division matchup Sunday at LP Field in Nashville.
The Titans will count on the arm of veteran quarterback Matt Hasslebeck and the resurgence of running back Chris Johnson to score on the 3-3 Colts.
Hasslebeck will likely make his fourth consecutive start in place of Jake Locker, who continues to sit after injuring his non-throwing shoulder against the Houston Texans. Hasslebeck is 2-1 running Mike Muchack's offense, and gave the Titans a 35-34 win over the Bills last Sunday with a touchdown strike to Nate Washington with just over a minute to play.
Johnson's play has been erratic this season, but has combined for 286 rushing yards in the last two games and ran for 195 yards against the Bills.
The Colts defense posted its best game of the season against the run last week, surrendering just 55 yards on the ground. The return of several key players from injury could provide some consistency to a defensive unit that was buried for 252 rushing yards in New York two weeks ago.
Interim Head Coach Bruce Arians was confident about his team's improving health in front of the 3-and-4 Titans and it showed on the practice field yesterday.
Running Back Donald Brown was at full speed for the first time since injuring his knee against the Packers. Dwight Freeney, nose tackle Antonio Johnson, and tackle Winston Justice also had their reps increased Thursday.
Inside linebacker Pat Angerer will play Sunday but was held out of practice as the team eases him back into the lineup. Angerer played for the first time last week against the Browns after missing the entire season with a broken foot.
Robert Mathis has not taken the practice field this week and is questionable for Sunday.
Andrew Luck was listed on the injury report for a second straight day, but it was reported that Luck went full speed at practice and looked injury free.
The Colts and Titans kickoff Sunday in Nashville at 1:00.
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