Harrison has not played since Oct. 22 because of a left knee
injury and may miss his 10th consecutive game Sunday. Coach Tony
Dungy has expressed hope Harrison would return and remains
optimistic that Harrison will be available for the playoffs.
But the lingering knee injury has forced Harrison to miss 10
games this season, including the last nine, and generated plenty of
questions whether he will play again this season.
"I'm not confused at all," Dungy said before practice. "When
they say he can come back and have no further risk of injury, he'll
be back. With the playoffs and more on the line, he might be able
to go with the same injury that has kept him out. So I don't think
it's confusing at all."
Whether Harrison plays Sunday against Tennessee could 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. That was the
case last year when tight end Dallas Clark returned in the
regular-season finale after originally being diagnosed with a
season-ending knee injury.
Clark has credited that game with helping him become one of
Indy's key contributors during its Super Bowl run.
Manning, who said he has not practiced at all with Harrison
recently, would like to see Harrison back on the field as soon as
"Any time you have a chance to get some injured players back,
it's always a positive," Manning said. "Dallas Clark was a great
example of that last year, and it's a great credit to him that he
got back on his own. The more games you play, the more advantageous
Harrison could be part of a large contingent sitting out a game
that has playoff implications for Tennessee and Cleveland but means
nothing to the Colts' postseason positioning.
Anthony Gonzalez, Harrison's replacement, also sat out Wednesday
with a concussion.
Dungy already said it's doubtful second tight end Ben Utecht
(shoulder), defensive tackle Raheem Brock (ribs) and right tackle
Ryan Diem (knee) would play against the Titans. All three missed