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Lee Jenkins
December 10, 2007
Wayne's World In Marvin Harrison's absence, longtime No. 2 receiver Reggie Wayne has kept the Colts' passing game clicking
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December 10, 2007

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Of all the injuries the Colts have had—14 starters have missed a combined 43 games—no position has been hit harder than receiver. In addition to Harrison's balky knee, fifth-year player Aaron Moorehead is out with a bad back, and Gonzalez, drafted to replace valued possession receiver Brandon Stokley, missed two games with a dislocated thumb. Wayne is the only healthy receiver on the roster who had an NFL reception entering this season. Manning must rely more than ever on his tight ends and running backs.

In fact, running back Luke Lawton made the game-winning touchdown catch against the Jaguars, on a one-yard shovel pass. It was not only the first touchdown of Lawton's career but also his first reception. Asked if he kept the ball, Lawton said, "I spiked it and was like, 'Uh-oh.' But Dallas went and got it for me."

The Colts are showing their gumption. After losing consecutive games to New England and San Diego, they have won three in a row. The reigning Super Bowl champions are not dazzling anybody—they beat Kansas City and Jacksonville by a mere three points each—but they are not caving, either.

Indy leads Jacksonville by two games in the AFC South and controls the head-to-head tiebreaker, which means the division race is essentially over. The Colts can start eyeing a playoff bye, which is vital considering their overall health.

The team has not given a timetable for Harrison's return, other than to say he could play if absolutely necessary. It is safe to assume that Harrison and Wayne will be lining up together again in January. The most intriguing question is, where will Manning look first?

Peter King's Monday Morning Quarterback.

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