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Colts run game remains a big concern

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    <em>Posted by ESPN.com's Paul Kuharsky</em> <p>The biggest issue the Colts will carry into the playoffs is their inability to run the ball.</p> <p>Their 4.1 yards per carry ranks 31st in the league and their 76.9 yards per game ranks 31st in the league. (The team they are ahead of in both, Arizona, is also going to the playoffs.)</p> <p>Joseph Addai and Dominic Rhodes are both getting just 3.5 yards a clip. Addai has topped 100 yards only once and Rhodes has maxed out at 86. Addai was cleared to go with a should injury last Thursday in Jacksonville, but the Colts decided not to use him.</p> <p>Tony Dungy recently talked optimistically with Indianapolis reporters about the status of the run game.</p> <p>"It's a little bit like our defense," he said. "[Jacksonville[ did some things, their run and pass rush games and running into things, but we get a 21-yard run and there's a holding penalty. We have another run that's going to be pretty good and one of our receivers doesn't hear the audible or doesn't see the signal and thinks it's an inside run and it's an outside run so we have a corner that's free in the hole. It's just one little thing there after another that puts you in tough positions. So we just have to work. It's probably like our run defense was in '06 where it's not that far off, but it's just not pretty right now. It can be if we get some of those little things corrected."</p> <p>When the Colts struggle to run to the degree they did against the Jaguars - 18 carries for 32 yards - it puts that much more pressure on Peyton Manning and the passing offense to win the game on their own. They did it in Jacksonville.</p> <p>Will they be required to do it and will they be able to do it in the playoffs?</p>

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