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So far, it’s worked.

Four-time Pro Bowler Reggie Wayne leads the team with 60 catches and 724 yards, not surprising given that he’s the only starter to play in all eight games.

Otherwise, it’s been a mishmash.

Manning survived Houston’s pass rush despite sub-par games from left tackle Charlie Johnson and Pro Bowl center Jeff Saturday, who were recovering from preseason injuries.

Collie, Garcon and Gonzalez have taken turns moving in and out of the lineup, yet giving Manning at least one solid second option each week. Tamme and veteran Gijon Robinson now have bigger roles with Clark out and blocking tight end Brody Eldridge trying to come back from an elbow injury.

The defense has been hit even harder. On Wednesday, middle linebacker Gary Brackett wore a walking boot over his injured left foot and outside linebacker Clint Session had a brace on a dislocated right elbow that couldn’t keep him out of the Houston game.

“It was an excruciating pain with this type of injury,” Session said. “But it’s football and things happen. You have a little injury there and you keep going, you keep playing. It didn’t stop me too much and sometimes that adrenaline generally gets you in trouble. But we needed to win that game, and I wanted to make sure I contributed in that game.”

None of those injured players practiced Wednesday, and Tamme also was out with a back injury.

But Polian insists things will get better soon.

Oft-injured safety is rehabbing in California and could return for the Dallas game Dec. 4. By then, most of Indy’s other guys could be back, too.

So if Manning can hold things together for another three to four weeks, the Colts won’t have to change a thing.

“We still want to run the Colts offense, and that’s why you have to do whatever you can to get guys up to speed at practice,” Manning said. “I do think you need to get game reps to get better. You look at Tamme or Blair White or whomever, and I think the game reps do make us better. That’s the goal, to get better each week.”

And, of course, to keep winning when everyone else counts the defending AFC champs out.