TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (Aug 2, 2005) -- Indianapolis Colts center Jeff Saturday missed practice because of a strained right hamstring and most likely will not play this weekend in the exhibition opener in Japan against the Atlanta Falcons.
Coach Tony Dungy said the team was awaiting results from an MRI exam to determine the severity of the injury. Saturday, however, will travel with the team.
"Jeff is probably for sure not going to play," Dungy said.
Defensive lineman Raheem Brock, also a starter, could be out with a hip flexor injury but is expected to make the flight.
At least five players, including two-time Pro Bowl defensive end Dwight Freeney, will not travel. Freeney has not yet practiced after having offseason shoulder surgery and is on the team's physically unable to perform list.
Others who will not be going to Japan are starting defensive tackle Josh Williams (thigh), backup defensive back Von Hutchins (foot) and two draft picks -- guard Dylan Gandy (foot) and linebacker Tyjuan Hagler (sports hernia).
The Colts announced before departing for Japan that six additional players will not be available for the game.
Defensive tackle Montae Reagor (groin), safety Mike Doss (groin) and cornerback Donald Strickland -- all potential starters -- were ruled out. Joining them on the sidelines will defensive backs Brandon Lynch (foot) and Daryl Dixon (thigh) and guard Cody Campbell (shoulder).
Dungy expected the starting offense to be in for about 15 plays, with the starting defense expected to play slightly longer against the Falcons.