The Indianapolis Colts guard Ryan Lilja missed practice Thursday because of a back injury but remains possible for this Sunday’s Super Bowl game against the New Orleans Saints, as Colts Coach Jim Caldwell confirmed on Thursday.
As one of six players to start all 18 games after missing the 2008 season, Lilja had emerged as one of the fixtures on the offensive line, starting 43 games from 2004-2007. He was a 290-pound interior force that helped stabilize the running game. But after undergoing three surgeries on his right knee, Lilja’s career was placed in jeopardy. Though he regained his starting job upon returning to join the training camp, it has still been expected that he would be replaced sooner or later.
It is likely that one of Mike Pollak and Jamey Richard will take over Lilia’s job if he is unable to play. Both candidates were drafted in 2008 by the Colts and started several game in their first season in Colts jerseys. Pollak started thirteen games at right guard before losing job to first-year pro Kyle DeVan and Richard started seven games, four at center and three at left guard.