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Pagano may be back next week

INDIANAPOLIS - The Colts hope head coach Chuck Pagano will be back on the sideline next week. While no official announcement has been made by the team, interim coach Bruce Arians and others have pegged the Dec. 30 regular-season finale against Houston as Pagano's possible return date. He has not been on the sideline since late September after starting the first of three rounds of chemotherapy in his battle against leukemia. Players, assistant coaches and team officials are eagerly anticipating Pagano's return, which could come as early as Monday. Arians said this week that Pagano "felt great" and "looked good" and his white blood-cell counts were good — all indications he could be return next week. On Wednesday, he referred to Pagano's possible return as a nice "Christmas present."
DOLPHINS: Running back Daniel Thomas was placed on injured reserve because of a knee injury. EAGLES: LeSean McCoy will start at running back against Washington in his first game back after missing four because of a concussion. Coach Andy Reid says rookie Bryce Brown will rotate in with McCoy. JETS: New York placed rookie receiver Stephen Hill on injured reserve, ending his season because of a knee injury. Hill, the Jets' second-round pick in April, sprained the lateral collateral ligament in his right knee at Jacksonville on Dec. 9. LIONS: Detroit put defensive tackle Nick Fairley on injured reserve with a shoulder injury. The 2011 first-round pick started seven of 13 games, had 5.5 sacks and 35 tackles after a lackluster rookie year. REDSKINS: Robert Griffin III took part in his first full practice since spraining his right knee. Coach Mike Shanahan said doctors will examine the quarterback's knee today to see if there's any swelling. He could then be cleared to play against the Eagles. STEELERS: Running back Rashard Mendenhall returned to practice after serving a one-game suspension for deciding not to show up at Heinz Field for Pittsburgh's game with the Chargers on Dec. 9.
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