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The Patriots are focusing on tight end Dallas Clark heading into their battle with the Colts on Sunday night.
During New England's last meeting with Indianapolis, safety Rodney Harrison was in charge of covering Clark, but he's currently on the injured reserve.
With Harrison out, Adalius Thomas might be assigned coverage duty on Clark in Week Nine.
"Rodney is a great player and he definitely gives a big lift for their defense. They always say 'next guy in,' but I think just on this side of the fence, I think Rodney's a tough guy for them to replace," Clark said during a conference call. "He brought so much to their defense, so much versatility and just that toughness the defense always shows, so I think he allowed them to do a lot of different things."
Pats' coach Bill Belichick wouldn't reveal any specific plans for Clark, but appeared worried about a number of targets.
"There are plenty of concerns with Dallas Clark. There are concerns about everybody - Clark, (Marvin) Harrison, (Reggie) Wayne, (Anthony) Gonzalez and (Joseph) Addai. It is about team defense; you can?t double everybody," Belichick said. "You can?t set your defense to stop everybody; they have too many good players. In the course of playing good team defense there will be a lot of different people that will have a lot of different responsibilities all the way through the course of the game."
The Colts have lost cornerback Marlin Jackson for the remainder of the season with a knee injury.
"He did significant damage to the knee, and I'm not exactly sure, but it's probably going to involve some surgery," Coach Tony Dungy said Thursday. "I think he might get a second opinion, but right now, he's probably going to be out for a while."
Indianapolis placed Jackson on injured reserve and re-signed cornerback Keiwan Ratliff, who played four games this year.
Patriots' coach Bill Belichick doesn't believe that Colts' quarterback Peyton Manning is playing hurt this season.
"If I?m not mistaken, he hasn?t shown up on the injury report all year except maybe one day at the beginning of the season," Belichick said. "I am not really sure what injuries you?re talking about, but he hasn?t been listed on the injury report all year."
Manning underwent two procedures on his knee during the summer to remove an infected bursa sac and did not take a single snap until the team's season opener in early September.
"He looks pretty good to me," Belichick said. "I don?t think he?s injured. He hasn?t been on the injury report, so I?m assuming he?s not hurt."
The Colts are denying a report that quarterback Peyton Manning had a staph infection that forced doctors to operate on his knee a second time this offseason.
The Indianapolis Star reported the second surgery on Friday.
"Peyton Manning developed swelling in his left pre-patella bursa in late February," the Colts said in a statement. "The swollen bursa was treated conservatively beginning in February with drainage and anti-inflammatory medication.
"The first signs of infection occurred while he was in New Orleans in July. It should be noted that infection developed prior to any surgery. Upon manifestation of the signs of infection, he immediately had surgery to remove the bursa sac. Concurrently, he was treated aggressively with antibiotics, and the infection was eliminated.
"The second procedure [tacking of the skin to eliminate the bursal space] was designed to ensure the complete and swift resolution of the bursal problem. The procedure was successful.
"The second procedure was in no way, shape or form, related to the infection. The second procedure did not delay his rehabilitation or recovery materially."
The undefeated Titans will host the struggling Colts on Monday Night Football this week and are not looking past their division rival.
"We didn't look past anyone, but now we are definitely looking forward to the Colts," Titans' fullback Ahmard Hall said. "We need to beat those guys and establish ourselves as the top team in the division."
Indianapolis has won the AFC South for five-straight seasons, but at 3-3 they already trail the Titans (6-0) by three games.
"It gets harder now," Titans' Coach Jeff Fisher said. "We are back in the division against a team we know. . . . They are the Colts, and they have won the division how many years in a row? We are just trying to win the next ballgame. It is not about being 7-0. It is just about trying to win a division game right now."
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