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October 26, 2009

From the Press Box: Donald Brown vs. Joseph Addai, time to start the debate?

St. Louis — Donald Brown vs. Joseph Addai ... is it time for the debate over who should shoulder the Indianapolis Colts’ running load to begin?

If Sunday was the time for the debate, it was over by technical knockout in the second quarter of the Colts’ 42-6 victory over the St. Louis Rams at the Edward Jones Dome. On Brown’s second run from scrimmage, he strained his left shoulder. He did not return and was not on the sideline during the second half.

To that point, however, Brown was doing his talking in the Colts’ running back debate with his legs ... and the rookie from Connecticut was very persuasive.

Brown rushed for 58 yards — on just two carries. One run was a 45-yard scamper, the longest of the season for the Colts.

Truth be told, Brown has been getting it done all season as the Colts have used him to spot starter Addai, especially in situations where Brown’s quickness can be used to the Colts’ advantage. Brown averaged 3.5 yards per carry going into the game against the Rams, just a shade over Addai’s 3.4 average. Brown’s average ballooned to 4.6 per carry after his truncated Sunday stint.

Brown can also be a potent option in the passing game. He’s made seven catches for 138 yards, a cool 19.7 yards per catch.

So far, the Colts have been perfectly happy to have Brown as part of a two-back package. For his part, Brown doesn’t expect it to change.

“I just want to contribute in any way possible. The two-back system adds a dimension to our offense and makes us more potent. It’s a great attribute to have,” Brown said.

The debate, if there’s to be one, isn’t really about who starts.

The Colts so deftly use their offensive personnel when their talents warrant it in the game that starting at most positions is not really important so long as players see the field. And its clear that both Addai and Brown should both still be seeing the field.

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