The Colts announced today that Austin Collie is done for the year after being placed on IR.
Collie sustained his second concussion of the year in a collision with Jaguar's defensive back Darryl Smith in Sunday's game.
This really hurts the Colts, because it is obvious that Collie is one of Peyton Manning's favorite targets. And despite missing quite a few games this year he still managed to have a fairly productive year catching 58 passes for 649 yards, along with eight touchdowns.
His absence will put more pressure on Reggie Wayne and Pierre Garcon to carry the load, along with fill in players like Jacob Tamme and Blair White.
Peyton Manning and the Colts offense will certainly suffer from Collie being gone, just look at the comparison between games where Collie played and the ones he didn't.
In the five games missed by Collie so far, Manning combined to throw eight touchdowns and eight interceptions, in the nine games Collie played, Manning threw only seven interceptions and 20 touchdowns. Take from that what you will.
The Colts IR list continues to grow, now including Collie, Dallas Clark, Bob Sanders, Jerraud Powers, among others.
I think that the Colts will still make the playoffs, but their chance of success in the playoffs seems to be waning as the season wears on.
And the NFL wants to go to an 18 game season, ha.
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