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Super Bowl Injury Update #2
Philip Gentles
February 2, 2007

Chicago Bears

Mark Bradley, WR
Sprained Ankle

Huddle Up: It looks like Bears' WR Mark Bradley is ready for the Super Bowl. Bradley, who has been nursing a sprained ankle, was able to practice with the team every day this week and according to reports he was removed from the team's official injury report after making it through practice on Thursday without a problem. Bradley ran routes at full speed and without a limp and he told reporters following Thursday's practice that his ankle was feeling fine. He'll probably have it taped as a precaution but look for him to be active in Sunday's game.

Indianapolis Colts

Nick Harper, DB
Sprained Ankle

Huddle Up: DB Nick Harper remains the only true question mark for the Colts as they prepare for Sunday's Super Bowl. Harper suffered a sprained ankle in the first quarter of the AFC title game against the Patriots and according to head coach Tony Dungy Harper's status for this weekend is "pretty iffy right now." Harper did not practice at all on Wednesday. In fact he was still seen wearing a protective boot. There are reports that he did some individual work in practice on Thursday, but he did not take part in any team drills. The medical staff is working overtime trying to get him ready for the game. He definitely won't be at full speed but there's still a chance that he could start. This could come down to a game-time decision so don't expect to hear anything concrete about his status until moments before kickoff.

Bob Sanders, DB
Knee Inflammation

Huddle Up: Colts' safety Bob Sanders, who has been dealing with knee inflammation for much of the season, was able to take part in several team drills in practice on Wednesday and Thursday. And despite being listed as questionable on the official injury report the team still expects him to start this weekend against the Bears. Sanders continues to complain of soreness and swelling in his knee, but these problems have not kept him from taking part in a majority of the team's practice this week. An official decision on his availability for the Super Bowl probably won't be made until the team sees him in pre game warm-ups. But I would be shocked if he doesn't play.

Peyton Manning, QB
Bruised Thumb

Huddle Up: Colts' starting QB Peyton Manning, who bruised his thumb in the AFC championship game two weeks ago, does not consider his thumb an issue and he expects to be at full strength for this weekend's Super Bowl. Head coach Tony Dungy admitted to reporters that Manning's thumb was swollen and discolored following the game against the Patriots. However X-rays on his hand came back negative and the injury has not prevented him from taking part in all team drills in preparation for the Super Bowl. According to reports not only does his thumb appear to be a non-issue, but also he's been throwing the ball in practice with even more zip than usual. He'll definitely play this weekend against the Bears.

Ben Utecht, TE
Sprained Knee

Huddle Up: Colts' TE Ben Utecht left the AFC championship game against the Patriots with a sprained right knee and although the team has kept details about his injury a secret it looks like he will be active for Sunday's Super Bowl. Utecht was reportedly seen wearing a wrap around his knee earlier this week. But he is not listed on the team's official injury report, which means that the medical staff does not believe that his injured knee will affect his performance against the Bears. Dallas Clark will likely see a lot of balls thrown his way but don't be surprised if Utecht is targeted inside the redzone.