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Harrison sets season mark for catches

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published December 16, 2002

CLEVELAND -- Despite a teeth-chattering wind whipping in off Lake Erie, Indianapolis receiver Marvin Harrison came out for pregame warmups in short sleeves.

Peyton Manning took note.

"I knew he had an extra kick in his step," the Colts quarterback said. "He was ready."

Harrison set the league single-season record for receptions on Sunday, catching nine passes for 172 yards in Indianapolis' 28-23 win over the Browns.

Harrison, who has caught at least 100 passes in each of the past four seasons, broke Herman Moore's 1995 mark of 123 catches for Detroit. Harrison got the record on his sixth reception with 9:30 left in the third quarter.

On fourth and 1 at the Cleveland 44, Harrison caught a 4-yard curl from Manning before taking a hard hit from cornerback Corey Fuller. The catch gave Harrison 97 yards for the game.

"I just catch them, I don't count them," said Harrison, who has hooked up with Manning for 57 career TDs. "Peyton and I were on the same page. I just keep catching them. We needed to win. We don't win, records don't mean much."

Harrison has 1,500 yards in consecutive seasons, the first player to accomplish that.

BENGALS: Frustrated by another season of bungled games, quarterback Jon Kitna questioned ownership's dedication to winning. "I'm saying that, as an organization, we don't expect to win," Kitna said. "And if you don't expect to win, you're not going to win very often. ... Until you give your players reason for optimism you're going to have a tough time." Cincinnati hasn't had a winning season since 1990, the year before Mike Brown took over as general manager.

CHIEFS: Priest Holmes had 161 yards on 18 carries, his fifth straight 100-yard game, but limped off with a right hip injury early in the fourth quarter. He left on crutches, but coach Dick Vermeil wasn't sure how long he'd be out. ... Fullback Tony Richardson left in the second quarter with a dislocated right shoulder and likely is out for the season.

DOLPHINS: Defensive end Jason Taylor had three sacks, giving him a team-record seven consecutive games with at least one and leaving him 11/2 sacks shy of Bill Stanfill's single-season team record set in 1973. Taylor took the league lead with 17 sacks. ... Guard Jamie Nails hurt his left Achilles' tendon on the final series and will miss the rest of the season. Rookie Seth McKinney is expected to move into the lineup.

EAGLES: Brian Mitchell moved past Walter Payton into second place on the career list for combined yardage. Mitchell had 35 yards on punt returns and 82 on kickoffs and has 21,902 for his career; Payton had 21,803. Jerry Rice of Oakland is the career leader with 22,202.

GIANTS: Cornerback Will Peterson, who missed the previous two games with a concussion, got a stinger in first quarter and did not return.

PACKERS: Nose tackle Gilbert Brown (ankle) and tackle Earl Dotson, both listed as probable, were last-minute scratches.

PANTHERS: Rodney Peete sat out the second quarter after being shaken up on a scoring pass to Dee Brown, with Chris Weinke being intercepted once during three ineffective series. ... Tight end Wesley Walls left with a sprained foot, apparently aggravating an earlier injury.

RAIDERS: Quarterback Rich Gannon said the audio feed to his helmet from the sideline didn't work properly half the time. That complicated offensive coordinator Marc Trestman's attempts to send in plays.

REDSKINS: Running back Stephen Davis separated his right shoulder against the Eagles. Coach Steve Spurrier said Davis probably is out for the season.

TEXANS: David Carr was sacked twice, leaving him two sacks short of the league record of 72 set by Randall Cunningham in 1986.

WORKING OVERTIME: With Seattle's 30-24 win over Atlanta in overtime, the league set a record for OT games in a season at 22. The mark was 21, set in 1995.

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