Early signs positive on Collie's concussion

Posted Nov. 08, 2010 @ 11:14 p.m.
Posted By PFW staff

Initial reports indicate that the concussion suffered by Colts WR Austin Collie on Sunday is not as serious as first feared. Doctors cleared Collie to travel home with his teammates following a 26-24 loss at Philadelphia. He was resting at home Monday.

Collie was hit by two Eagles on a crossing route over the middle and lay motionless on the field for nearly 10 minutes before being carried off. He was seen walking around the locker room after the game.

Eagles S Quintin Mikell initiated a legal hit on Collie with his shoulder to Collie's chest. Fellow Eagles S Kurt Coleman then hit Collie helmet-to-helmet. After reviewing the play, the league ruled that the initial hit by Mikell propelled Collie into Coleman, and therefore no fine was warranted.

"Obviously the doctors felt good enough about his situation to allow him to travel back with us on the airplane," Colts head coach Jim Caldwell said Monday. "I think that's a pretty good indication that things were trending in the right direction. He came back, he was home sleeping, our medical staff had an opportunity to talk with him this morning, and his symptoms are subsiding. He's trending in the right direction, which is great."

The Colts have been hit hard by injuries this season, with 12 players having been placed on injured reserve, including starting TE Dallas Clark, WR Anthony Gonzalez and starting SS Melvin Bullitt. Collie had missed the Week Eight win over Houston while recovering from thumb surgery.

Collie will have to take a baseline neurological test and then be cleared by team doctors and an independent neurological specialist before he can get back in pads.