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February 3, 2007

Colts Notebook

Fort Lauderdale, Fla. — Back spasms limit Mathis in workouts

Back spasms limited the work schedule for defensive end Robert Mathis on Friday as the Indianapolis Colts wrapped up their final full practice prior to Sunday night’s Super Bowl XLI meeting with the Chicago Bears.

Mathis, who led the Colts with 9.5 sacks during the regular season, is still expected to be in Indianapolis’ starting defensive lineup against the Bears.

“He’ll be fine. He left [practice] as a precaution,” Indianapolis coach Tony Dungy said after putting the team through an hour-and-a-half workout at the Miami Dolphins’ training facility in Davie, Fla. In addition to Mathis, cornerbacks Jason David and Nick Harper, safety Bob Sanders and offensive guard Ryan Lilja also missed practice time.

David continues to be bothered by an abdomen injury that has been problematic since the middle of the regular season while Harper is expected to be a game-time decision. He has been nursing a sprained right ankle for the past two weeks and has not practiced since he was injured in the first quarter of the AFC championship game with New England.

“We decided it didn’t make any sense for [Harper] to go out and try to practice,” Dungy said. “We’ll wait to see how Nick feels on Sunday at the stadium.”

Sanders and Lilja were given a day to rest old knee injuries and both are slated to start. The Colts will have a short walkthrough session today at noon. It will be the team’s final pre-Super Bowl workout.

Strong winds play havoc with kicking game — A blustery day forced placekicker Adam Vinatieri and punter Hunter Smith indoors for most of Friday’s workout.

With winds gusting up to 25 miles an hour, Vinatieri and Smith opted to move indoors and did their work in the Dolphins’ practice bubble.

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