On a day that saw backup quarterback Jim Sorgi receive relatively good news on his right shoulder and defensive tackle Corey Simon confirm he underwent arthroscopic surgery on his left knee, the 2006 season ended for James Mungro.
The team made no announcement, but an individual close to Mungro said Tuesday the Indianapolis Colts' versatile running back will miss the season after tearing the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee during Sunday's preseason loss to Seattle.
Mungro, 28, was entering his fifth season with the team. His loss weakens the depth in the backfield behind starter Dominic Rhodes and rookie Joseph Addai, and extracts a key contributor on special teams.
While Mungro received the worst possible news, things were more positive for Sorgi and Simon.
Sorgi informed coach Tony Dungy that a magnetic resonance imaging test on his right shoulder, which also was injured against the Seahawks, revealed no structural damage. Sorgi, who watched practice with his right arm in a sling, was not present during the team's open locker room period Tuesday.
"He was real pleased,'' Dungy said. "It's still day-to-day, but we didn't get a negative report, so that was good.''
Dungy does not anticipate signing another quarterback while Sorgi mends.
It remains to be seen if Sorgi will be ready for the Colts' Sept. 10 regular-season opener against the New York Giants. But that's Simon's target date.
"I think I'll be back in the next few weeks,'' he said.
Simon has not practiced since Aug. 4, when he experienced soreness in his left knee that apparently was the result of damaged cartilage and tendinitis. After acquiring a second medical opinion, he opted for arthroscopic surgery, which was performed in the past few weeks.
"We felt it was the best way to go,'' Simon said. "I wanted to get it taken care of.''
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man this sucks, i know he wasnt a starter but i hate hearing about stuff like this