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Bob Sanders' big hits have finally paid off in a big way.
The two-time Pro Bowler signed a five-year contract extension Friday, a deal that will keep him with the Indianapolis Colts through 2012 and makes him one of the league's highest-paid safeties.
The deal is worth $37.5 million and includes $20 million in guarantees, a person familiar with the negotiations told The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the deal had not yet been announced.
Colts' safety Bob Sanders has signed a five-year, $37.5 million contract with Indianapolis that includes $20 million in guaranteed money, according to NFL sources.
The contract makes Sanders, 26, the highest-paid safety in the NFL.
The Pro Bowl selection, whose playoff performance sparked the Colts on their run to a Super Bowl victory last season, would have been an unrestricted free agent after this season. Sanders is a strong contender for this year's NFL Defensive Player of the Year honors.
The Colts have doled out record contracts before to other top players. Before the start of training camp, Dwight Freeney signed a $72 million six-year deal, making him the league's highest-paid defensive end. The contract included a $30 million signing bonus.
Eight-time Pro Bowl receiver Marvin Harrison returned to practice with the Indianapolis Colts on Thursday after missing 10 games.
Harrison took part in a full practice Thursday and may be available for limited work against Tennessee on Sunday night.
Harrison has not played since Oct. 22 because of a left knee injury. The lingering injury that he suffered against Denver on Sept. 30 has forced Harrison to miss 10 games this season, the last nine in a row. It has been unclear whether Harrison would play again this season.
"We would like for Marvin to be able to go and get some playing time in. That's our hope. We'll see if it materializes," Coach Tony Dungy said earlier this week.
Whether Harrison plays Sunday may dictate how many snaps Super Bowl MVP Peyton Manning gets. On Monday, Dungy said if Harrison played this week he might keep Manning in the game longer to work on their timing.
Eleven Indianapolis Colts' players, including eight-time Pro Bowl receiver Marvin Harrison, missed practice Wednesday.
Harrison has not played since Oct. 22 because of a left knee injury and may miss his 10th consecutive game Sunday. Coach Tony Dungy has expressed hope Harrison would return and remains optimistic that Harrison will be available for the playoffs.
But the lingering knee injury has forced Harrison to miss 10 games this season, including the last nine, and generated plenty of questions whether he will play again this season.
"I'm not confused at all," Dungy said before practice. "When they say he can come back and have no further risk of injury, he'll be back. With the playoffs and more on the line, he might be able to go with the same injury that has kept him out. So I don't think it's confusing at all."
Whether Harrison plays Sunday against Tennessee could dictate how many snaps Super Bowl MVP Peyton Manning gets.
Don't expect to see much of Colts quarterback Peyton Manning during Sunday's game against Tennessee.
Backup quarterback Jim Sorgi is expected to see extensive playing time for the Colts, who already are entrenched as the second seed and have a first-round bye in the AFC Playoffs.
"I know Jim Sorgi's going to play at least a half," Colts coach Tony Dungy told reporters Monday. Manning is expected to make his 160th consecutive regular-season start, before giving way to Sorgi at some point during the first half.
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