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With an injury list that runs halfway to East Rutherford, N.J., the Indianapolis Colts are aching on defense. Five starters and a key backup did not practice Wednesday, when the Colts began the heavy work of preparing for a Sunday visit to the New York Jets.

The list includes outside linebackers Dwight Freeney (ankle) and Robert Mathis (knee), inside linebacker Pat Angerer (foot), defensive end Fili Moala (knee), cornerback Vontae Davis (ankle) and backup nose tackle Martin Tevaseu (ankle).

“We have a bunch of guys who probably won’t practice today but they’re all questionable for the game,” interim Colts coach Bruce Arians said Wednesday.

Running back Donald Brown (knee) is out and expected to miss two to three weeks after surgery Wednesday, and questionable is likely too rosy a projection for Mathis, the Colts’ sack leader with five.

A source said Mathis is expected to miss two to three games and there is plenty of evidence to support the contention. The team promoted outside linebacker Jerry Brown from the practice squad to the active roster Tuesday and Arians said Wednesday that backup Jerry Hughes will get more snaps this week.

Arians said Freeney, who had missed three weeks before playing against Green Bay on Sunday, came through the game all right and that his practice reps will be limited to assure he’s available Sunday. Arians said Davis’ condition is improving. The coach also hopes guard Joe Reitz (knee) might get his first practice work since training camp, although he will not play

Center Samson Satele (knee), who missed last week and was unable to finish the previous two games, is expected back this week.

There were two other newcomers to the active roster for Wednesday’s practice. Defensive end Clifton Geathers was activated from the practice squad and could play in Moala’s absence

Nose tackle Antonio Dixon was told by coaches he will play this week. Dixon was a free agent who played 35 games with 10 starts over the past three seasons for the Philadelphia Eagles, who released him August.

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