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Colts' Austin Collie out for the season

Peyton Manning loses another target as second-year receiver goes on injured reserve.

December 22, 2010|Wire reports

Peyton Manning has lost another of his top targets for the season.

Indianapolis Colts receiver Austin Collie suffered a concussion Sunday against the Jacksonville Jaguars, and the team put him on injured reserve Wednesday.

Though Collie is in his second year, Manning feels like he's losing a veteran. Despite sitting out five games and more than a half in three others, Collie leads all Colts receivers with eight touchdown catches, is second in receptions (58) and third in yards (649).

"He's fast, he's got a good feel for zones, he understands defenses," Manning said. "He has his physical talents, but also, his experience has helped him play at such a high level at such a young point in his career."

Collie was injured late in the first half against Jacksonville when linebacker Daryl Smith appeared to hit him in the head with his forearm as Collie went low to make a catch. It was his second concussion of the season.

"He certainly is a guy that's going to be missed," Colts Coach Jim Caldwell said. "From a medical standpoint, we are concerned more so about his health than anything else. This is the right thing for him at this particular time."

Manning had already lost tight end Dallas Clark and receiver Anthony Gonzalez for the season, and running back Joseph Addai has missed the last eight games with a shoulder injury. But the Colts (8-6) are fighting for a playoff spot, and don't have time to feel sorry for themselves heading into Sunday's game at Oakland (7-7).

"It doesn't do you any good to think about who's not playing and who's not going to be available," Manning said. "You have to go with who's available, and feel like with who's available, you can go out there and still make things happen."

Tebow will start for rest of season

Denver Broncos quarterback Kyle Orton said he was informed by the Denver Broncos that rookie Tim Tebow will start not only Sunday against Houston, but in the season finale the following week when San Diego visits Invesco Field.

Even with his bruised ribs almost healed, Orton, who was in the midst of his most prolific passing season, will watch Tebow just like everyone else.

Orton was unhappy over the decision that leaves his future with the organization hazy, especially with a new front office probably coming in after a dismal season that cost Josh McDaniels his job as coach.

"I said I'd like to finish the season. That wasn't the option that was presented," said Orton, who signed an extension through 2011 last summer. "I don't know if I'll be here next year. We'll just have to wait and see what shakes out with the organization."

For now, the Broncos (3-11) are casting their fortunes with Tebow.

The first-round pick out of Florida was solid in his first start last weekend in Oakland, even if the playbook was scaled back for him.

Tebow threw for a pedestrian 138 yards, most of his throws of the safe variety to the outside.

But he did make plays happen with his legs, including a 40-yard touchdown scamper on a missed assignment that was intended to be a draw to Correll Buckhalter. Tebow finished with 78 yards rushing, the second-highest single game total ever by a Broncos quarterback.

Ravens' Kindle might miss next season too

Ravens rookie linebacker Sergio Kindle might be forced to miss a second straight season in 2011 because of the uncertain status of his fractured skull.

Baltimore's top draft pick this year has yet to play in the NFL. He sat out this season after falling down two flights of stairs in late July at a friend's house in Austin, Texas.

The former University of Texas star met with doctors at Sinai Hospital in Baltimore and wasn't given good news about his neurological condition.

"It's up in the air from what they tell me," said Kindle, who is currently on the reserve non-football injury list. "Basically, they're just saying they don't know. They haven't dealt with an injury like mine before. They can't really give me a yes or a no with confidence. It's kind of in the middle. It's a hit or a miss. The whole point of it is, they don't know if I'll be able to take a hit just because I'm not doing anything involving contact right now."

Kindle said he doesn't have any headaches or other symptoms from his head injury.

"Everything has gotten better and that's why what he was telling me is so disappointing, because as well as I'm doing they don't have a definite answer for it," he said.

Signed to a one-year, $320,000 contract with no signing bonus or incentives, Baltimore's second-round pick is scheduled to be an exclusive-rights free agent next year. The Ravens can hold onto his rights if they want to tender him.

Brady leads fan voting for Pro Bowl

Tom Brady has overtaken Michael Vick to lead all players in the final fan voting for the Pro Bowl.

The New England Patriots quarterback had nearly 1.9 million votes when balloting ended Monday. The NFL said Wednesday that Vick topped the NFC with more than 1.5 million.

Almost 100 million votes were cast online and via mobile phones.

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