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Colts: Save Us, Dan Orlovsky! – SportsUntapped.com
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Added September 28th, 2011 by Chalk

Colts: Save Us, Dan Orlovsky!
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With Kerry Collins banged up, the Indianapolis Colts will resign backup Dan Orlovsky, who they cut after the preseason. Peyton Manning is out until at least December as he recovers from neck surgery, and Collins left Sunday’s loss to the Stealers with concussion-like symptoms. That left third-stringer Curtis Painter as the only healthy QB on the Colts roster.

The deal was reported Tuesday night based on a source that wanted to be anonymous until the Colts made an official announcement. Without Orlovsky, the next quarterback on the depth chart would be punter Pat McAfee, but Colts vice chairman Bill Polian said the team likely wouldn’t go into a game with McAfee as the second option at QB. “Kerry is feeling better today,” said Polian said on Monday. “He has to go through a workout protocol, and we know more later in the week. With Kerry a little dinged up we probably would not use Pat in that role [backing up Painter], we probably would use someone else.”

The Colts still haven’t confirmed that Collins actually suffered a concussion, but the veteran quarterback they lured out of retirement in the preseason also had a sore left throwing shoulder last week. And really, it wouldn’t be surprising if Collins decided to go back into retirement — it seems like when he decided to come back he might be starting one or two games tops and then watching Peyton Manning make a playoff run.  Getting killed on a winless team isn’t what he signed up for.

Orlovsky had a pretty poor preseason for the Colts, completing just 25 of 54 passes for 386 yards, with three touchdowns and three interceptions. He’s played in 13 NFL games in his career (it vaguely seems like more because he started seven games for the Lions in 2008), and his career passing numbers are 150-of-272, 1,679 yards, 8 TD, 8 INT. He’s probably not striking fear in the hearts of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, who the Colts face this week on Monday Night Football.

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