The Indianapolis Colts placed quarterback Kerry Collins on season-ending injured reserve because of a concussion he sustained a month ago against Pittsburgh, potentially ending his National Football League career.
Collins, a 17-year NFL veteran, came out of retirement in August to fill in for four-time NFL Most Valuable Player Peyton Manning, who hasn’t played this season after undergoing neck surgery.
Collins, 38, played in losses to the Houston Texans and Cleveland Browns before being replaced by Curtis Painter during the fourth quarter against the Steelers, who won 23-20.
Painter started as quarterback in subsequent losses to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Kansas City Chiefs and Cincinnati Bengals. He was replaced during the fourth quarter of a 62-7 loss to the New Orleans Saints three days ago by Dan Orlovsky, who recently rejoined the Colts after being cut during training camp.
At 0-7, the Colts have made their worst start to the season since they lost their opening 10 games in 1997.
Collins completed 48 of 98 passes for 481 yards, two touchdowns and one interception this season.
Against Houston on Sept. 11, he completed 16 of 31 passes for 197 yards to surpass Joe Montana for 10th place on the league’s career passing yardage list.
In 197 career regular-season games, Collins has thrown for 40,922 yards, 208 touchdowns and 196 interceptions. He led the New York Giants to the Super Bowl after the 2000 season, where they lost 34-7 to the Baltimore Ravens.
Indianapolis also placed fullback Chris Gronkowski on injured reserve, while offensive guard Joe Reitz will be sidelined indefinitely after undergoing knee surgery, the team said in a statement last night.
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