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By PFW staff

Updated Oct. 30, 2010 @ 10:07 p.m. ET

The Colts don't expect to have starting RB Joseph Addai for Monday night's game against the Texans.

In Saturday's injury report, Addai is listed as doubtful after not practicing all week. The fifth-year veteran injured his shoulder in the Colts' Week Six win. He has 93 carries for 406 yards and three TDs this season.

Addai's backup, Donald Brown (hamstring), practiced in full on Saturday and is listed as questionable after missing the last three games. If he's able to play, Brown will likely share carries with RB Mike Hart.

WRs Reggie Wayne (hamstring), Pierre Garcon (hamstring) and Anthony Gonzalez (ankle) are all listed as questionable, as are CBs Jacob Lacey (foot) and Jerraud Powers (foot). The team will be without WR Austin Collie (hand), LB Kavell Conner (foot), DT Antonio Johnson (knee) and S Bob Sanders (biceps).

The Texans listed DT Earl Mitchell (ankle) and DE Jesse Nading (knee) as doubtful and OG Mike Brisiel (knee) as questionable.

The way we see it

Collie is expected to miss a few weeks, and the Colts are already without TE Dallas Clark for the season. While QB Peyton Manning can make any receiver look good, he has never faced injuries to his skill players to this extent. WR Blair White will continue to step up in the slot. It's good timing, though, that Brown appears ready to return with Addai out. The Colts' secondary is extremely depleted, and it will need all the healthy players it can get to face the Texans' passing offense.

Fantasy spin

Keep an eye on Brown on Monday, but he's probably a good bet to start in fantasy leagues. He had been productive before going down with an injury. Wayne and Garcon will likely lead the receiving corps in light of Collie's injury, and if you need another WR, White is not a bad option.

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