DENVER - SEPTEMBER 26: Wide receiver Austin Collie #17 of the Indianapolis Colts makes a reception and picks up a first down as as Ryan Diem #71 of the Colts blocks Nate Jones #33 of the Denver Broncos at INVESCO Field at Mile High on September 26 2010 in Denver Colorado. The Colts defeated the Broncos 27-13. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)
Local Indianapolis FOX Sports affiliate reporter Brittany Diehl tweeted out Thursday that she did not see Colts wideout Austin Collie practice with the team. Then, a short time later, the injury report came out listing Collie as not having participated, along with Pat Angerer, Dwight Freeney, and Joe Reitz. Angerer, Freeney, and Reitz are not expected to play Sunday against the Vikings.
Collie, on the other hand, is.
The former BYU standout, who has sustained four concussions in two years, is still recovering from his most recent "dinger," which occurred during the third preseason game against the Redskins. Last week this time, everything was "all go" for Collie and everyone expected him to play against the Bears. Later in the week, Collie himself sounded less optimistic. On gameday, he was a scratch. Earlier this week, Colts head coach Chuck Pagano told reporters that Collie was cleared to play against the Vikings.
Since that announcement, Collie has not practiced.
Offensive Coordinator Bruce Arians did tell me that Collie will start out wide on Sunday and then move to slot receiver. #Colts— Brittany Diehl (@brittanydiehl) September 13, 2012
Wasn't Collie supposedly happier that he was playing outside this year, not slot? Playing in the slot would seem to increase the chance for more concussions, especially for someone like Collie.It will be interesting to see if Collie practices tomorrow. If he were indeed cleared to play Sunday, logic suggests he should have practiced today. Last I checked, "cleared" meant "healthy enough to practice and play."
The games being played by the Colts regarding Collie could soon become more intriguing than the games the team is playing on Sundays. Hopefully, Collie practices tomorrow.
On a more positive front, right tackle Winston Justice practiced today. The Colts will need him to help shore up an offensive line than played putrid football against the Bears.