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Colts' Harper starts despite cut to knee

INDIANAPOLIS (Jan. 15, 2006) -- Colts cornerback Nick Harper started a divisional playoff game against Pittsburgh on Jan. 15, one day after his left knee was cut in an apparent domestic disturbance.

Harper's wife, Daniell, was charged with battery with a deadly weapon and criminal recklessness, a sheriff said Jan. 14.

Harper was listed as questionable but when the Colts defense took the field for the first time, he was in the lineup.

Team president Bill Polian issued a written statement before the game that said Harper's wound was an inch deep and a half-inch wide. It required three stitches, but Polian said there was no damage to the knee joint or capsule.

"We have no details with respect to events surrounding the cause of the cut," Polian said. "As is our policy, our security department will conduct an investigation and report back promptly. As always, we will share the results of that investigation with appropriate league officials."

Polian added that they expected Harper to be available for the rest of the postseason.

Harper, 31, was arrested in June on a domestic battery charge after police said he hit his wife.

He first signed with the Colts as a free agent in 2001.

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