Colts face Texans with 4 starters inactive

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The Associated Press

Posted on December 30, 2012 at 12:42 PM

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) -- Four Indianapolis Colts starters will be inactive for Sunday’s game against Houston.

Defensive linemen Antonio Johnson and Cory Redding, center Samson Satele and safety Tom Zbikowski are out with injuries.

Coach Chuck Pagano has said all week that starters who are healthy will play. Those who are injured will sit out because Sunday’s result has no bearing on Indianapolis’ playoff position.

Indy (10-5) is locked into the No. 5 seed.

Houston (12-3) can clinch the AFC’s top seed and a first-round bye with a win.

Indy’s other inactive players are running back Delone Carter, offensive tackle Tony Hills and receiver Nathan Palmer.

Houston’s inactives are linebacker Brooks Reed; cornerbacks Alan Ball and Stanford Routt; offensive linemen Antoine Caldwell, Andrew Gardner and Cody White; and nose tackle Terrell McClain.

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