INDIANAPOLIS – Colts receiver Austin Collie could return to the football field this week after being diagnosed with yet another concussion.
Collie told team officials that he felt good when he returned to the team complex Monday, but coach Chuck Pagano told reporters later Monday that the four-year veteran would not play again until passing a series of tests.
Collie was injured in the first quarter of Sunday nights 26-24 loss at Pittsburgh after taking a blow to the head from Steelers linebacker Larry Foote. Its the third time since November 2010 that Collie has left a game because had a concussion.
Again, player safety is first and foremost. We are always going to err on the side of caution as we talked about before. Im more interested in the health of these guys than just throwing them back out there, Pagano said.
Some doctors contend the severity of concussions is more important than the number or the frequency of them.
But the NFL has taken a stronger stance on head and neck injuries recently in hopes of protecting players. The league has imposed tougher, more consistent protocols to dealing with suspected concussions and how soon those players can return to the field.
This years tweaks included the addition of certified athletic trainers in booths to keep an eye out for possible head injuries, and adding video feeds on sidelines.
Pagano said the team did use game video to help them make the diagnosis on Collie.
They take him through a battery of tests now once you determine (the concussion), they look at what happened on the tape, Pagano said. They got the guy up in the box, the doctor, and hell say he did a take a shot, blow to the head, so to speak.
They come in and evaluate him and once they do determine he had a concussion, hell go through a battery of tests throughout the week. Like I said, itll be day to day and you just see how they progress.
Colts players took Monday off and were not available to comment.
Collie was one of three key Indianapolis players injured Sunday night.
The Colts got good news on linebacker Robert Mathis, who left in the first quarter with a strained shoulder.
Pagano said Mathis, who played his first nine years at defensive end, was fine.
Thats good news for a young group of linebackers that had already lost veterans A.J. Edds and Scott Lutrus with season-ending anterior cruciate ligament injuries and starting inside linebacker Pat Angerer for at least six weeks with a fractured foot.
The other big name to go down was defensive end Cory Redding. He left on the games first series with a strained left knee.
Pagano said an MRI showed Redding had a mild sprain of the medial collateral ligament and was likely to miss one week or perhaps a little longer. Redding has already missed one week of training camp with an undisclosed left elbow injury.
Redding is a key cog in the Colts revamped defense because he played in the same system in Baltimore and has familiarity with the defense.