Thursday, December 27, 2007
Colts' Harrison returns to practice, may play against Tennessee
INDIANAPOLIS -- Eight-time Pro Bowl receiver Marvin Harrison
returned to practice with the Indianapolis Colts on Thursday after
missing 10 games.
Harrison took part in a full practice Thursday and may be
available for limited work against Tennessee on Sunday night.
Harrison has not played since Oct. 22 because of a left knee
injury. The lingering injury that he suffered against Denver on
Sept. 30 has forced Harrison to miss 10 games this season, the last
nine in a row. It has been unclear whether Harrison would play
again this season.
"We would like for Marvin to be able to go and get some playing
time in. That's our hope. We'll see if it materializes," coach
Tony Dungy said earlier this week.
Whether Harrison plays Sunday may dictate how many snaps Super
Bowl MVP Peyton Manning gets. On Monday, Dungy said if Harrison
played this week he might keep Manning in the game longer to work
on their timing.
Offensive tackle Ryan Diem (knee) sat out Thursday's workout and
is not expected to play this week. Also sitting out were middle
linebacker Gary Brackett (team decision), defensive tackle Raheem
Brock (rib), wide receiver Anthony Gonzalez (foot), cornerback
Kelvin Hayden (illness), cornerback Tim Jennings (concussion),
defensive end Robert Mathis (knees), defensive tackle Quinn Pitcock
(groin), cornerback Keiwan Ratliff (hamstring), safety Bob Sanders
(team decision), and tight end Ben Utecht (shoulder).
Brackett, Sanders and Hayden are all expected to start against
Safety Antoine Bethea (knee), running back Luke Lawton (illness)
and defensive end Josh Thomas (illness) all returned to practice
and also could play against the Titans.