Stokley forced into observer's role

January 10, 2007|By Don Markus | Don Markus,Sun Reporter

Indianapolis -- Last season, Indianapolis Colts wide receiver Brandon Stokley returned to Baltimore to play the Ravens for the first time since leaving after the 2002 season. He caught a season-high seven passes for 83 yards in a 24-7 victory.

When Stokley returns again Saturday, it will be strictly as a spectator. Stokley has been sidelined for more than three months after suffering a season-ending torn Achilles' heel against the Jacksonville Jaguars on Sept. 24.

"This is a tough one, because when we played them last year, that was probably the most fun I had in a regular-season game," Stokley said yesterday in Indianapolis. "I knew we would be playing Baltimore [in the playoffs]. To not be able [to] play in it, it's going to hurt."

Stokley is still in touch with a few of his old teammates. He tried to text message Todd Heap to get a little trash-talking going, but Heap has yet to respond.

"I don't know if he didn't want to get into a war of words," Stokley said. "It's easy for me because I'm not playing. Maybe I have to send him another one to see if I get a response. I just asked him if he was ready for the Colts to come to town. Hopefully, he didn't change his number."

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