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Concussions rob Collie of epic season

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By Michael Blunda

When you think about what kind of season Austin Collie could have had if he had been able to stay healthy, it's fairly incredible. Unfortunately, he was caught in the wrong place at the wrong time on too many occasions.

Stepping in as the Colts' primary slot receiver in his second season, Collie instantly became Peyton Manning's favorite target, catching 11 passes for 163 yards and a TD in Week One, then coming back to post 12-171-2 in Week Three. Scoring six times in his first six games, he was on pace to have a campaign for the ages. Then disaster struck on Nov. 7 when he suffered a severe concussion at Philly.

He came back two weeks later at New England, but that proved to be too soon, as he again had to leave early. The Colts did not take any chances, holding him out a full month until he returned Sunday. Collie was having an enormous day with 8-87-2 in the first quarter-plus, but then he suffered another serious concussion that likely will end his season.

A quick glance at his numbers in the parts of nine games he played — 58 catches for 649 yards and eight TDs —shows just what kind of year Collie could have had if his luck had not been so terrible. Hopefully his career is not in jeopardy, as the 25-year-old should have many impressive seasons still ahead of him.

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