The Colts had two scares this week as wide receiver Marvin Harrison injured his wrist late in the afternoon on Wednesday at practice. As a precaution, the Colts kept him out of practice on Thursday, but they expect him to be ready to play this weekend.
Wide receiver Reggie Wayne injured his finger during Thursday's practice, but he returned to action.
The players who are listed as out for this weekend include DT Vincent Burns (knee), LB Gilbert Gardner (ankle), SS Joseph Jefferson (turf toe), and RB James Mungro (knee). Burns is now the longest-ailing Colt on the active roster, with his knee injury dating back to the preseason opener against Atlanta.
Burns and Gardner continue to struggle with their injuries, and it appears Gardner could miss a few more games. The Colts hope that Jefferson can be back at practice before the end of next week.
Running back Dominic Rhodes (shoulder) and TE Ben Utecht (chest) are listed as questionable, but don't expect either one to be ready for Sunday. Neither one has practiced this week and according to one of our sources, both are still experiencing pain, especially Utecht who apparently has bruised ribs. Ben Hartsock was declared inactive for last weekend's game, apparently displaced by Utecht's rising stock on the team. Hartsock could get a chance to dress for the game this week.
Two players listed as questionable with knee problems -- defensive ends Josh Thomas and rookie Jonathan Welsh -- returned to practice on Thursday and Wednesday respectively. Both should be ready to play if they don't aggravate their injury between now and Sunday. Welsh hasn't seen any playing time since the American Bowl preseason game in Tokyo, Japan.
In addition to Harrison, three other players are listed as probable and all are expected to play on Sunday. The Colts weren't sure if DT Larry Tripplett (knee) and G Jake Scott (foot) would be ready, but both have healed tremendously well this week and practiced both Wednesday and Thursday. Linebacker David Thornton, who was bothered by a groin problem in the offseason, drew some concern early in the week when it was reported that he was having some groin problems, but he returned to practice on Thursday.
Over in Cleveland, RB Lee Suggs says he is fully recovered from his high ankle sprain and hopes to at least be rotated in this Sunday. Reuben Droughns has been effective and should be the starter at least for this week.
Starting OLB Matt Stewart (knee) still isn't ready to return to the field, so backup LB Chaun Thompson will cover his spot again this week.
Like the Colts, the Browns will be without their first-string kickoff returner, rookie Josh Cribbs. Cleveland is likely to turn to RB William Green but could opt for CB Antonio Perkins.
DE Orpheus Roye is battling a knee problem but is adamant that he won't miss the game. At minimum, expect to see him as a part-time player as part of a rotation.
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