Colts’ Collie Practices, Should Play in Opener
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - Colts coach Chuck Pagano likes what he's seeing from veteran receiver Austin Collie in practice and says Collie should play in Sunday's season opener at Chicago.
Collie's status has been in doubt since he left the second preseason game at Pittsburgh after taking a shot to the head. It was the third diagnosed concussion for Collie in a little more than 22 months. He left another game during that span with concussion-like symptoms though the team never confirmed it was an actual concussion.
Pagano says Collie looked "fresh" when he returned to practice Monday. Teammates say he looked like the same guy who has caught 172 passes in his first three NFL seasons.
Pagano also expects defensive end Cory Redding and left guard Mike McGlynn to return from injuries Sunday.
Meanwhile, Indianapolis' next football era begins Sunday at Chicago and players are eager to get started.
Coach Chuck Pagano says the excitement level and focus were dramatically different at Monday's practice, and why not?
From Andrew Luck to Vontae Davis, everything seems to be new after a dismal 2-14 record gave Indy the No. 1 draft pick.
The roster's chock full of fresh names and unfamiliar faces. But even key returnees are playing in new spots.
Pro Bowl defensive ends Dwight Freeney and Robert Mathis are listed as linebackers after spending most of the last decade forming one of the league's best pass-rushing tandems. And Pro Bowl receiver Reggie Wayne, who has spent his career on the left side, is moving around.
It's a whole new look in Indy.