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Posted by Kevin Bowen on November 1, 2012 – 8:29 am

Last week it was Josh Chapman finally strapping on pads for the first time in the NFL.

Now it’s time for the man next to him in the Colts locker room, rookie offensive guard Justin Anderson, to hit the practice field.

Anderson spent the first half of his rookie season on the physically unable to perform list and now can being practicing with the team, as the Colts exercise a three-week window on whether or not to place him on the 53-man roster for the remainder of the season.”

“I’m feeling pretty good,” Anderson said on Wednesday. “It’s been a long time coming. It’s been a slow process but I’m finally back. I’m hoping everything goes as planned.”

It was a difficult offseason for Anderson. Besides a turf injury during his junior season at Georgia, the six-foot-five-inches and 342-pounds Anderson has never had to deal with an injury that has kept him out this long.

While he couldn’t be out in the trenches during practice, Anderson has been ingrained in the film room trying to soak everything in so when this week eventually came he would be more than prepared.

“That’s pretty much all I could do which is not the same,” Anderson said of only getting mental reps. “It’s always better when you’re doing them physically. Mental reps are all that I’ve been getting since camp and it’s time to put them to use.”

At training camp, it was Anderson and Chapman routinely seen on the adjacent practice field rehabbing with each other in hopes of getting on the playing field in their rookie seasons.

Anderson cracked a smile on Wednesday afternoon knowing that in less than an hour he would be putting on the pads for the first of what he hopes is many times in his NFL career.

“I’m kind of excited,” Anderson said. “I kind of got butterflies a little bit because I haven’t played football in a while. I’m kind of excited.”

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