Friday, July 25, 2008
Harrison in Colts camp after missing much of '07
By Paul Kuharsky ESPN.com
TERRE HAUTE, Ind. -- Colts receiver Marvin Harrison took his full share of work and looked like himself Friday morning, running crisp routes, cutting with precision and putting moves on defenders at Indianapolis' first training camp practice.
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Harrison was limited to five regular-season games last year because of an inflamed bursa sac in his left knee. He also underwent arthroscopic surgery on his right knee after the season.
After Friday morning's practice, Harrison declined to talk to the media. But his teammates and coach discussed how pleased they were to have him on hand.
Colts coach Tony Dungy did not look so much at how Harrison planted his feet; he looked inside the player's face mask.
"For me, I try to read his face," Dungy said. "When he's smiling and doesn't have that worried look, then I think things are pretty much normal. And that's how it was today. He has done a lot of work one-on-one but hasn't done a lot of team work. He got in there, made his cuts, caught the ball and just looked like he feels comfortable.
" ... Marvin did fine, did all of his work, took his normal turns, and we're going to see how it goes and see how he progresses. But for the first day it was encouraging.
The crowd at Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology greeted Harrison eagerly when he emerged at practice, chanting his first name repeatedly. His catches on simple fade patterns against no defender drew applause as did other moments when he was the featured receiver. He occupied his frequent spot on the right side with the starting offense in team periods.
"Looked like Marvin to me, still had the 88 jersey on, still had the same quiet Marv," receiver Reggie Wayne said. "Everything was smooth. I saw the same things. He looked fine. If you see Marvin out there practicing and being in the front of the line like he always is, you've kind of got to have a feeling that he's back to old Marv.
"He hasn't really practiced in the huddle for months, so he probably felt the same way I did, rusty. As the time comes I'm sure he'll get back in the flow of things. Marv's an old vet so it shouldn't take long."
Said cornerback Kelvin Hayden: "I see a guy I feel hasn't lost a step. He made sharp cuts. I think Marvin is going to be Marvin."
Dungy said the Colts will gauge how Harrison feels but that the plan is to go forward assuming his knees are going to be fine until the team sees otherwise.
Paul Kuharsky covers the NFL for ESPN.com.