But while Dungy would like to work Harrison, Mathis, Bethea and a few others into Sunday's game, however briefly, even that poses a problem. Only 45 players are available on game day, so it's a difficult balancing act. Once those players -- along with Manning, running back Joseph Addai, safety Bob Sanders and select others -- are pulled from the game, who's left?
"It's not as easy as people think,'' Dungy said.
And then there's the issue of players chasing individual goals.
Manning holds the NFL
record with seven 4,000-yard passing seasons, and needs 55 yards to post an eighth.
Reggie Wayne already has set personal bests with 92 receptions and 1,423 yards, but can join Harrison as the only Colts player with at least 100 catches in a season.
"That's part of it,'' Dungy agreed.
"I played and I know how important (an individual benchmark) is. When you get close, you'd like to get the opportunity.''
Everything, though, pales in comparison to doing whatever it takes to best prepare the team for the playoff push.
"You coach your team,'' Dungy said. "You play for your team and you really can't worry about anybody else. We've got to get ourselves ready to go and just play the best we can and get ourselves ready for the playoffs.''