By John Oehser - Colts.com
Colts Rookie Defensive End Jonathan Welsh Returns to Practice
INDIANAPOLIS - He has waited and watched for a month and a half.
On Wednesday afternoon, after what he said seemed forever rehabilitating, Colts rookie defensive end Jonathan Welsh returned to where he had wanted to be all along.
On the field.
Welsh (6-feet-4, 228 pounds), a fifth-round selection in the 2005 NFL Draft from the University of Wisconsin, sustained a knee injury in the Colts' preseason opener against the Atlanta Falcons in the Tokyo Bowl in Tokyo, Japan.
That was August 6, and Welsh spent the last six weeks rehabbing the knee before returning to practice Wednesday.
“It’s a good feeling,” Welsh said as the AFC South-leading Colts (2-0) prepared to play the Cleveland Browns (1-1) at the RCA Dome Sunday at noon EST.
“I’ve been pretty much dormant for the last month and a half not doing anything.”
Welsh, a two-year starter at Wisconsin who had 13 sacks in college, said he may play on a limited basis against Cleveland. He is listed as questionable on the team’s injury report.
“Jonathan did some things and we’re hoping he can go on special teams and help us out a little bit,” Colts Head Coach Tony Dungy said. “We’ll see how he does tomorrow, but he did a good job today.”
Welsh said he played enough in training camp to have an idea about the Colts’ defensive style. Now, the focus is getting regular-season playing time, he said.
“I have a good grasp on things,” Welsh said. “Now, it’s really catching up with everything. I have to get to season speed. That’s the biggest ting. Today, and this week, I’ve got to get my timing back.
“I had a good supporting cast. Guys on this team are great guys and I never felt like I didn’t belong with the team. It was just a matter of getting back healthy. That was the biggest thing.”