The news keeps getting worse for the Indianapolis Colts.
One day after it was confirmed that starting quarterback Peyton Manning is doubtful for their Week 1 contest against the Houston Texans, it is now being reported that wide receivers Anthony Gonzalez and Austin Collie will also be out.
Even with the two receivers, backup quarterback Kerry Collins was in for a difficult game against the surging Texans. Now, without them, his hands appear tied before he even takes the field.
Collins, who was signed out of retirement by the Colts during the preseason, played in the Week 4 preseason matchup against the Cincinnati Bengals. He completed just five of his 10 passes for 45 yards and was sacked once for a four-yard loss.
There's no way that Collins can replace the legendary Manning, and to his credit, he is aware of this. However, the situation is now significantly more difficult for Collins' Colts to get any type of passing game going with the loss of both Gonzalez and Collie.
Combine this with Wade Phillips' 3-4 Texans defense, and running back Joseph Addai might also find his ground attack stymied on Sunday.
Things aren't looking good for the Colts to pull out a Week 1 win. All they can hope for is to play as best as they can, try to capitalize on any mistakes the Texans make and prepare themselves for a Week 2 that will hopefully prove to be less challenging.