Colts RB Edgerrin James returned to practice yesterday after an ankle injury and is expected to start Sunday against the Texans.

DE Brad Scioli, however, might not be able to play at home against Houston. He missed his second day of practice because of an injured shoulder.

James reinjured a sprained ankle in the third quarter of last Sunday's game against the Broncos in Denver. He was sidelined for part of the fourth quarter and overtime. With James Mungro in his place, the Colts won, 23-20, in overtime.

Mungro has minor knee and calf injuries but is expected to play Sunday. Ricky Williams also may see more time at running back against the Texans.

* UP IN THE AIR: Brian Griese and Shannon Sharpe made it through a second practice without any setbacks, but it was unclear whether they will play for the Broncos against the Chargers.

"Both looked pretty good. It's going to be a game-time decision," Denver Coach Mike Shanahan said. "We'll see if there's any setback [today], but both of them came through yesterday in pretty good shape."

Griese returned to practice Wednesday for the first time since spraining his left knee against Seattle on Nov. 17.

Shanahan said Griese was sore yesterday morning, but it wasn't enough to keep him from practicing.

Sharpe has made huge strides since partially separating his right elbow against the Raiders on Nov. 11. He was expected to miss up to a month, but returned to practice Wednesday.

* BUCS MOVES: The Buccaneers signed DE Ron Warner to a one-year contract and placed DE Corey Smith on injured reserve.

-- From News Services