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James Suddenly 50-50 For Sunday's Game...
According to the Associated Press, Edgerrin James did not practice Wednesday because of a bad back and the star running back could miss Sunday's game at New Orleans.

James also was held out of practice Monday because of the injury and head coach Tony Dungy said the team was closely watching the two-time NFL rushing champ.

"Hopefully he'll be ready to go, but we'll see how it goes," Dungy said. "He was a little more sore today than we expected. We had hoped that he would be farther along. Right now it's 50-50, but we're hoping that he'll be back and we'll see if it loosens up in the next day or so."

James, who has 263 yards and a touchdown on 72 carries this season, was injured Sunday against Jacksonville. He had been listed as probable on the team's injury report, but Dungy said the injury was worse Wednesday, and James was downgraded to questionable.

James was slowed last season as he returned from a torn anterior cruciate ligament in the 2001 season, and only gained 989 yards rushing.

The Colts, however, could see the return Sunday of running back Dominic Rhodes, who has not played since injuring his knee during last year's training camp.

Rhodes was the replacement for James in 2001 and went on to rush for 1,104 yards that season -- an NFL record for undrafted rookies.

Rhodes said Wednesday his knee felt the best it had in a long time and that he hoped to see playing time against the Saints.

"I did well on my stress test, my knee isn't sore and I've been able to take part in every practice for the last couple of weeks," Rhodes said.

"I've been able to make my cuts like I used to. So now I just have to wait and see what coach Dungy has to say about it," he said. "I hope that they feel like I'm ready to play."

Dungy said that with James' sore back, there was a chance Rhodes could return to the active roster.

"Dominic is closer and could play for us I think," he said. "James Mungro and Ricky Williams are ready to go and fresh, so we'll be fine no matter what. But our hope is that Edge will be ready to go"

Stay tuned. ... I'll continue to monitor James' status and update as events warrant.

One other quick note here this morning. ...

Receiver Brandon Stokley (hamstring), who has yet to take his first regular season snap, is listed as doubtful and it appears unlikely that will change this Sunday.