INDIANAPOLIS, IN - SEPTEMBER 25: Troy Polamalu #43 of the Pittsburgh Steelers hits Kerry Collins #5 of the Indianapolis Colts in the first half at Lucas Oil Stadium on September 25, 2011 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
At his press conference today following the Colts 23-20 loss to the Steelers last night, head coach Jim Caldwell said that quarterback Kerry Collins is still being 'evaluated' after suffering a possible concussion. No one seems to know when this concussion happened, but many speculate it was in the late-third quarter after Collins took a hit from Steelers linebacker James Farrior.
Curtis Painter came into the game, replacing Collins, and promptly missed Pierre Garcon on a gimme touchdown throw. Painter then fumbled the ball on the next series after getting sacked. The fumble was scooped up by the Steelers and returned for a touchdown.
With Collins' status uncertain, it is possible that Painter could start at quarterback on Monday Night Football next week against the Buccaneers in Tampa Bay. If he does, it will be Painter's first career start.
Prior to leaving the game, Collins was mostly ineffective despite good protection from his offensive line, something he didn't get much of the first two weeks of the season.