INDIANAPOLIS--It will be like 2007 for Marvin Harrison on Thursday night, watching the Colts instead of playing for them.
A hamstring injury kept the receiver out of practice for this week and has forced him off the field for Thursday's game against the Jaguars.
Harrison missed most of the 2007 season with a knee injury, and didn't return till the Colts' divisional playoff game against San Diego. This comes just a game after Harrison became moved to third on the NFL's all-time catches list.
This season he's caught 53 passes for 605 yards and five touchdowns, including a two catch performance against the Lions last Sunday.
Harrison's absense gives the Colts something else to think about on a condensed week, one which the Colts have limited practice time due to the Thursday game.
Last season the Colts were 2-0 in Thursday games, beating the Saints on the opening week of the season and Falcons on the road Thanksgiving day.
"You don't have as much freshness or energy," said head coach Tony Dungy of midweek games. "But you'll get through that, you just have to push yourself on concentrate."
What's at stake could help the Colts do that, considering that a victory would put the guarentee them a spot in the playoffs. A win would also help avenge an earlier loss to the Jaguars on September 21st, when a last second field goal gave Jacksonville a 23-21 win in Indianapolis.
"The good news is we face the Jacksonville Jaguars twice a year," said center Jeff Saturday. "We shouldn't have many questions on how well we know them."