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Harrison, Taylor and Black named AFC Players of the Week

New York, NY (Sports Network) - Indianapolis Colts wide receiver Marvin Harrison, Miami Dolphins defensive end Jason Taylor and Houston Texans kick returner Avion Black were named the AFC's Offensive, Defensive and Special Teams Players of the Week, respectively, for the 15th week of the NFL season.

Harrison caught nine passes for 172 yards and two touchdowns in the Colts' 28-23 victory at Cleveland and, in doing so, set a new single-season record for most receptions in a year.

Harrison now has 127 catches on the year, passing Herman Moore, who caught 123 balls for the Lions in 1995. Harrison also became the first player in NFL history to post consecutive 1,500-yard receiving seasons.

In 14 games this season, Harrison has caught 10 touchdown passes, becoming the only player in Colts history to record double-digits in touchdowns in four consecutive seasons. This is his third Player of the Week Award.

Taylor recorded eight tackles, three sacks, two forced fumbles, four quarterback pressures and three more tackles for loss in Miami's 23-17 victory over Oakland on Sunday as the Dolphins held the Raiders to just 218 yards of total offense.

The three sacks for Taylor tied a career-high for a single game and gave him an NFL-leading 17 for the season, the second highest in Dolphins history. This is Taylor's second Player of the Week honor this year. Taylor also earned the award for his performance in Miami's 24-22 win over Denver in October.

Additionally, Taylor was named AFC Defensive Player of the Month for both October and November. In 90 career games, all with the Dolphins, Taylor has registered 57 sacks, 326 tackles and three interceptions.

Black posted the first punt return for a touchdown in Texans' history on Sunday, but Houston lost to the Baltimore Ravens, 23-19. The 76-yard run brought the Texans within 20-14 late in the third quarter.

Black finished the game with 206 return yards on three punt returns for 92 yards and six kick returns for 114 yards. With the run-backs, he gave the Texans three drive starts at their own 32-yard-line or better. This is his first Player of the Week honor.

Also nominated for Offensive Player of the Week were: Jeff Blake, Plaxico Burress, Chris Chambers, Jay Fiedler, Travis Henry, Priest Holmes and Clinton Portis.

Dwight Freeney, Jason Gildon and Adalius Thomas were in the running for Defensive Player of the Week, while Mike Hollis and Jeff Reed were considered for the special teams honor.

12/18 18:41:52 ET

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