Clark, Saturday Status for Sunday Still Uncertain
INDIANAPOLIS – Dallas Clark didn't practice Wednesday.
As far as the six-year veteran tight end's status for Sunday, on Wednesday neither Clark nor Colts Head Coach Tony Dungy said they knew for sure.
Clark, who last year set a Colts single-season tight ends record with 11 touchdown receptions, sustained a knee injury in the regular-season opener against Chicago this past Sunday. He left the game and did not return, and an MRI this week showed the knee was stable, Clark said Wednesday.
But as far as a timetable for a return, he said he didn't know.
"I honestly can't say one way or the other," Clark said as the Colts (0-1) prepared to play the Minnesota Vikings (0-1) of the NFC North at the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome Sunday at 1 p.m.
"It's going to be further down the road of the week. Then, I'll really know."
Said Dungy, "We'll see where he is. Hopefully, he can get some work in tomorrow. We're still hopeful, but beyond that, it's probably too early to say."
Clark, who set career-highs with 58 receptions for 616 yards and 11 touchdowns last season, sustained the injury in the first half Sunday, and on Wednesday said he still wasn't certain exactly how the injury occurred.
"It was weird," he said. "I got landed on. It was one of those things that watching the film, even, I just couldn't see. I don't know if it just happened so quickly, or what. Just the angle of my leg and just a big guy landing on it – it just didn't feel right.
"It's good. It's stable."
Clark's status was one of several issues surrounding the Colts at the Indiana Farm Bureau Football Center Wednesday, a day when Dungy said center Jeff Saturday could return from a knee injury as early as Sunday and that defensive tackle Ed Johnson will miss Sunday's game following an early-morning Wednesday arrest.
Saturday, a Pro Bowl selection the past three seasons, sustained a knee injury on August 24, and missed the regular-season opener. He was listed on the Colts' injury reWednesday as participating in practice on a full basis.
Asked if there was a chance Saturday could play Sunday, Dungy replied, "There is."
Johnson was arrested Wednesday morning in Hamilton County, Ind., between midnight and 1 a.m. and charged with speeding and possession of marijuana, Colts President Bill Polian said Wednesday.
Polian and Dungy said discipline will be decided soon, and Dungy said Johnson – who started 16 games last season and the regular-season opener this past Sunday against Chicago – definitely will miss Sunday's game.
"We want to gather all of the facts to make sure what we are doing is correct within the confines of both the NFL rules, the CBA (Collective Bargaining Agreement) and our own particular club rules," Polian said. "I suspect that we'll have an announcement on that in the very near future."
Said Dungy, "It will be very swift as to what the discipline is and we'll go from there."
The team had not yet determined early Wednesday afternoon who will play tackle in Johnson's absence, Dungy said.
"This came up today," Dungy said. "We'll make some plans and figure out what we're going to do."
Also, Polian announced that offensive line coach Howard Mudd underwent knee surgery earlier this week "to correct an ongoing and worsening condition."
"He's fine," Polian said. "He came through it. He'll be off the field for a couple of weeks. He is in contact and helping to conduct the meetings by teleconference and working on tape and game plans, etc.
"His presence will be missed for the next two weeks or so, but everything's fine both with the surgery and we were prepared to work through the difficulties of not having him in the building."
Pete Metzelaars, the Colts' offensive quality control coach/assistant offensive line coach, is running meetings and working with the line in practice, Dungy said.
"We certainly want to wish Howard well and from my understanding he's doing well," Dungy said. "We look forward to getting him back, and until he gets back, Pete Metzelaars is running the meetings and doing a great job. We'll be fine that way."
Also on Wednesday, the Colts released their first injury report of the week, with guard Mike Pollak (knee), Clark (knee), Johnson (not injury-related-disciplinary), defensive end Dwight Freeney (rested) and wide receiver Roy Hall (knee) listed as not participating and cornerback Kelvin Hayden (hamstring), defensive tackle Daniel Muir (knee) and tight end Jacob Tamme (ankle) listed as participating on a limited basis.