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Colts WR Stokley might miss rest of season

INDIANAPOLIS (Dec. 11, 2006) -- Colts receiver Brandon Stokley might be lost for the season with an injured right Achilles' tendon.

Coach Tony Dungy said he did not know the severity of the injury, but recently signed receiver Ricky Proehl acknowledged he expected to get more playing time after Stokley apparently ruptured the tendon.

"Sometimes things happen for a reason," Proehl said. "He'll be back. He's a tremendous player and a tremendous athlete, and I just hated for this to happen."

Stokley has missed most of the season because of a series of injuries. He sprained his left ankle in training camp and was out of action for nearly a month before returning Sept. 17 against Houston.

He aggravated the ankle injury on a touchdown catch against the Texans and did not play again until Oct. 8 against Tennessee. Against the Titans, Stokley sprained his left knee and missed the next six games before returning for the rematch at Tennessee on Dec. 3.

Stokley, part of the first receiving trio in league history with 1,000 yards and 10 touchdowns each in 2004, has eight catches for 85 yards and one touchdown this season.

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