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    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The Indianapolis Colts injury problems could still be lingering wherever they hold training camp this summer.

    Team president Bill Polian said Thursday he does not expect perennial Pro Bowl receiver Marvin Harrison, defensive player of the year Bob Sanders or former sacks champion Dwight Freeney to be ready to start training camp in July.

    All three have had surgery, and Polian believes the team shouldn't bring them back before they're healthy.

    "There's no reason to push them," Polian said. "We want them to be ready at the start of the season."

    The three biggest names aren't the only ones who could land on the physically unable to perform list this summer. Linebacker Rob Morris and defensive tackle Anthony McFarland, who had knee surgery last year, could also be on the sideline in training camp.

    But Polian expects everybody to be healthy in time for September's season opener.

    He also reiterated he was ready to put the franchise tag on tight end Dallas Clark if a deal is not completed by Feb. 21. Clark has played an increasingly larger role in Indy's offensive success the past few seasons.

    "It's too early to say because there's nothing going on that right now," Polian said. "But you have to presume you're going to use it."

    The biggest question surrounds Harrison, who injured his left knee against Denver on Sept. 30 when another player rolled into him and missed a career-high 11 games last season.

    Polian said Harrison had arthroscopic surgery on his right knee last month and has been rehabilitating the inflamed capsule in his left knee. Polian said Harrison's right knee is fine and the left one is healing and expects him to be ready by the season-opener.

    "He's still going through some therapy, but they are much more sanguine about getting it under control," Polian said. "The short version is that all the news is good."

    Sanders had offseason shoulder surgery for the second straight year and showed up at the Super Bowl with his right arm in a sling.

    Last year, Sanders had surgery on his left shoulder and didn't begin practicing until Aug. 22 — after the Colts returned from training camp in Terre Haute. He might do the same this year.

    "That's very likely," Polian said, acknowledging Sanders is likely to again start training camp on the physically unable to perform list.

    But the missed time didn't bother him in 2007. Sanders finished the regular-season with 132 tackles, a career-high 3Ĺ sacks and two interceptions, becoming the first Colt to win the league's top defensive award.

    Polian also believes there is no reason to rush Freeney's return after the three-time Pro Bowler had surgery on his left foot in November, or the possible comebacks of Morris and McFarland, who both sustained season-ending torn knee tendons last year.

    "With Freeney, that (training camp) would be pushing it," Polian said. "It's my thought, with Dwight, he'll be ready opening day. With Anthony and Rob, we don't know yet. All three are a long way from a definitive mode."

    The Colts must also decide where they will work out this summer.

    Indy has spent the last nine years at Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology but has not yet signed a contract to return. The old contract expired after last year's camp. When the Colts have looked for a new summer home in the past, potential sites have included Eastern Illinois University, the University of Louisville and St. Joseph's College in Rennselear.

    "It's very much up in the air and, hopefully, it will get resolved sometime soon," Polian said. "It has to. It (Terre Haute) is still in the mix, but I wouldn't say it's a done deal by any means."
    http://www.usatoday.com/sports/footb...injuries_N.htm

    Harrison's left knee is actually the one that kept him out all year, and that remains the problem.

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    I found this statement to be entertaining:

    The biggest question surrounds Harrison, who injured his left knee against Denver on Sept. 30 when another player rolled into him and missed a career-high 11 games last season.
    He may be the biggest question but of the three, he's the least important to the team. IMO Freeney's the guy to worry about. Major foot fracture for a guy who relies on his legs to speed and power rush?

    Even if he does come back to 100%, it wouldn't surprise me if we don't see that until 2009.
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    Harrison will be ready for the start of the season... altho he might miss a few meaningless games to begin with but if it's an important game he will play.... well... he might miss some early season games anyway but if it was the playoffs he would certainly play.....of course there is no need to rush him back and if need be he could play since he's all healed and it's all a matter of conditioning now... and with a playoff berth secured there's no point in bringing him back now except maybe the last game as a tuneup... well... the last game is meaningless and Marvin and Peyton have played together for years so he'll probably start come the first playoff game....

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    Harrison will be ready for the start of the season... altho he might miss a few meaningless games to begin with but if it's an important game he will play.... well... he might miss some early season games anyway but if it was the playoffs he would certainly play.....of course there is no need to rush him back and if need be he could play since he's all healed and it's all a matter of conditioning now... and with a playoff berth secured there's no point in bringing him back now except maybe the last game as a tuneup... well... the last game is meaningless and Marvin and Peyton have played together for years so he'll probably start come the first playoff game....

    Fumble!

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    Haha.

    Funny, yet unfortunately true....

    I hate to say it, but those of us (you, me, Indy and a few others) who insisted that he needed to play in the regular season so we could see how he was were unfortunately proven right in the San Diego game....

    Better to see the writing on the wall in a meaningless game against Tennessee than when the season is on the line in the playoffs.

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    Haha.

    Funny, yet unfortunately true....

    I hate to say it, but those of us (you, me, Indy and a few others) who insisted that he needed to play in the regular season so we could see how he was were unfortunately proven right in the San Diego game....

    Better to see the writing on the wall in a meaningless game against Tennessee than when the season is on the line in the playoffs.
    Not only to see how his knee responds, but people forget how much offense relies on timing. Sanders coming back in playoffs without a game is a whole 'nother issue. It's also not like Sanders needed to hang onto the ball thru his first contact in months like Marvin did.

    That fumble proved to be huge. While it was Marvin that fumbled, it wasn't Marvin that put himself into that position.

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