Originally created 01/17/04

Stokley expected to play against Patriots



INDIANAPOLIS -- Indianapolis wide receiver Brandon Stokley practiced Friday and plans on making the trip to play against New England in the AFC championship game.

But coach Tony Dungy said Stokley would leave the team if he needs to be with his hospitalized infant son.

"He is planning on making the trip," Dungy said. "He is planning on playing, as long as Cameron doesn't have any downturns."

Stokley missed practice Wednesday and Thursday morning after his month-old son, Cameron, was hospitalized with an undisclosed illness. He practiced for about the first hour of Thursday afternoon's two-hour workout, and practiced Friday with the rest of the team.

Dungy said Stokley is doing as well as can be expected under the circumstances.

Stokley has emerged as one of the Colts' top receivers, catching a team-high six touchdown passes in the last five games.

If he does not play against the Patriots on Sunday, Troy Walters and undrafted rookie Aaron Moorehead likely will fill in for him.

Dungy also said that defensive back Nick Harper was the only player who didn't practice on Friday.

"Our doctors think he should be OK to play," Dungy said.