INDIANAPOLIS -- Colts wide receiver Anthony Gonzalez is nearly ready to return to action.
Gonzalez caught 57 passes for 664 yards last season, and he was primed to take over Indianapolis' No. 2 receiving spot after Marvin Harrison was released during the offseason. Gonzalez's non-contact injury derailed those plans, but Colts coach Jim Caldwell said Thursday that the receiver could practice this week.
"It's kind of a day-to-day thing," Caldwell said. "He's been feeling really good. He has not obviously practiced to this point, but we do feel that he's going to start shortly. When that is, I'm not certain."
Safety Bob Sanders is expected to play Sunday at St. Louis after missing all of training camp, all the preseason and the first month of the regular season after surgery on his right knee. Sanders, the 2007 NFL Defensive Player of the Year, has played in just 43 of 85 games in six NFL seasons because of injuries.
Cornerback Marlin Jackson, a former first-round draft pick, isn't expected back for at least two more weeks after straining the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee. Kicker Adam Vinatieri is out with a knee injury.
Starting cornerback Kelvin Hayden, who missed the last three games with a left hamstring injury, and left tackle Charlie Johnson, who sat out two weeks ago against the Tennessee Titans with a left knee injury, are both expected to return this week.
Sanders had no setbacks during Wednesday's practice. He hasn't played in a game since January, but he isn't listed on the team's injury report.
Sanders didn't practice Thursday, something that Colts coaches have allowed each week in recent years to rest him and help him stay healthy.
Caldwell said Sanders' smarts should help ease his transition back to the field. And if Sanders is able to play, he'll likely start.
"The mental aspect, I believe, he's been on top of for a while," Caldwell said. "He has not missed a meeting. He's been in every single situation he could be involved in. In that regard, we certainly feel he's going to be up to speed."
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