UPDATE: Sunday, September 9 at 11:45 a.m. ET by Adam Wells
#Colts WR Austin Collie among inactives today vs. Bears.— Phillip B Wilson (@pwilson24) September 9, 2012
Along with Reggie Wayne, Collie was one of the major offensive weapons the Colts need to step up so Luck can get comfortable as he adjusts to the NFL. They still have plenty of quality pass catchers.
Plus, after three concussions in a short period, Collie's long-term health has to be the most important thing for the Colts right now.
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Thanks to a vicious hit from Pittsburgh's Larry Foote in the preseason that left Collie with at least his third concussion in less than two years, his status for the September 9 opener against Chicago is very much up in the air.
However, Colts head coach Chuck Pagano told reporters earlier this week that he expects Collie to be on the field in Week 1 (via Sporting News):
"He’s doing well," Pagano said. "Again, he’s day-to-day. We’re keeping a close eye on him. But he feels great and should be ready to go by the opener."
With Collie being unable to play in preseason action, rookie T.Y. Hilton has emerged as a possible replacement. He has had a strong run this preseason with nine receptions for 116 yards in three games.
The problem with Hilton, like Collie, is his history with injuries. He left the team's third preseason game against Washington with a shoulder injury.
Considering how well Hilton has played this preseason, Hilton could be the No. 2 option for the Colts when the season starts, depending on what happens with Collie.
We will keep you updated on all the latest news surrounding Collie's status for Week 1, as well as what it means for Hilton and other receivers on the Colts roster.