Colts Sign Kerry Collins By Jason King

Colts owner Jim Irsay tweeted on Wednesday morning that the Indianapolis Colts have signed veteran quarterback Kerry Collins. This is definite confirmation that the status of Peyton Manning is up in the air — not only for the season opener at Houston — but for some time into the regular season.

Colts veteran QB Peyton Manning has almost been robotic-like by starting in every one of his franchise’s games since he was drafted with the first overall pick in the 1998 NFL Draft.  RoboQuarterback, as some members of the media have dubbed Manning, has started an incredible 208 consecutive regular season games and 19 consecutive postseason games, which would bring his incredible streak to an amazing 227 consecutive games started.  
 
To say the streak is astronomical in the “Injury Report” riddled NFL, especially among quarterbacks position, is an understatement.  However, Manning underwent his second neck surgery in 15 months on May 23.  And he has suffered through a slow healing process, due most in part — by Manning’s own  admission — to the restrictions of the lockout.  During the lockout, players were not permitted into team facilities to rehab injuries and weren’t even allowed to visit with team doctors.  
 
Reports out of Indianapolis have Manning throwing the ball but still not ready to practice.  No timetable has been given for Manning’s return and we won’t officially know his status until September 7.  That is the day teams must submit their first injury reports for Week 1 of the regular season.  With all indication that Manning may not be ready to go in Week 1 of the Regular Season, former Pro Bowl quarterback Kerry Collins (a two-time Pro Bowler, has 40,441 yards passing 206 touchdowns and 195 interceptions in his career) ended his short retirement — lasted a month. 
 
The former New York Giants starter who led them to a Superbowl in 2000 is reuniting with former Carolina Panthers GM and current Indy personnel head Bill Polian.  It so happens that Polian is the same man who drafted Collins some 16 years ago after the big-arm quarterback left Penn State with a Rose Bowl victory.  The signing of Collins is not at all surprising to Taking It to the House as Manning’s current backups Curtis Painter and Dan Orlovsky have been abysmal in Manning’s absence this preseason.  Painter is 8-18 with 95 yards passing 0 touchdowns and 1 interception this preseason.  Orlovsky is 11-27 with 178 yards passing 1 touchdown and 3 interceptions this preseason.  
 
We will see how the Colts, Manning, and Collins fair from here on out.  But at least now Indy veteran has a quarterback that has won some games in the NFL and will not make opponents smirk when facing the Manning-less Colts.
 
 
 
Jason King is a contributing writer at Taking It to the House and can be reached at jdk2032@yahoo.com
 
 
Taking It to the House Editor Lloyd Vance also contributed to this story
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