Colts fans will see a welcomed sight at Solider Field on Sunday as wide receiver Austin Collie will return to the lineup.
Head coach Chuck Pagano said Collie looked like he hadn’t missed a beat at practice on Monday.
“(Collie looked) great, fresh legs, ran all over the place,” Pagano said. “He caught everything. He looked good.”
Collie has missed the last two preseason games after suffering a head injury in the fourth quarter of the Week 2 matchup with the Steelers.
Prior to the injury, Collie had been having a very productive training camp and caught a 23-yard touchdown pass in the preseason opener.
It looks as if Collie will get a full week of practice in before retuning to the playing field and after watching him on Monday, Pagano isn’t worried about a lack of conditioning for No. 17.
“We put him through a pretty extensive practice just now. Indoors, it’s muggy in there, it’s hot in there, there’s not a lot of air flow. He can run all day,” Pagano said. “I didn’t see him once take a knee, walk back to a huddle. I mean, he was fresh as a daisy so no I’m not concerned at all.”
Having another veteran target back in the fold for rookie quarterback Andrew Luck is something that has his teammates ecstatic heading into Chicago.
“I think a lot of people had some doubts with Collie with the concussion problems but he’s a warrior. He’s a fighter,” cornerback Jerraud Powers said.
“He’s going to do what’s best for his family. I’m pretty sure he wouldn’t put himself out there if he didn’t believe he was capable of being productive and being able to go. I was happy to see him out at practice (Monday).”
In 2011, Collie played in all 16 games for the Colts and has caught at least 50 passes in each of his three NFL seasons.
Known as a reliable, sure-handed target, what Collie means to his teammates was pretty evident in the locker room on Monday afternoon.
“I consider him a brother,” outside linebacker Robert Mathis said. “We’ve been playing together for years now. You never like to see anybody get hurt but just to see him fight through it and just get back on the field and help us out (is great).”
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