Tag:Austin Collie
Posted on: March 3, 2012 9:18 am
Edited on: March 3, 2012 10:20 am

Manning workout video may belie surgery reports

By Josh Katzowitz

Peyton Manning is apparently throwing, and if the below video is any indication, he looks pretty decent while doing so.

If you love discussing possible conspiracy theories and trying to break down Zapruder-like film, the video below apparently shows Manning working out at Duke University on Friday and throwing the ball all over the field.

While this isn't the first report we've had of Manning actually throwing to receivers -- he did so at the end of last season in post-practice sessions with nobody but team officials around -- this is the first time the outside world has actually seen.

It looks like it’s shot with a camera phone so the video is very vertical, and it’s way too far away to confirm that it’s actually Manning (if you like confirming something by looking at a person’s face). It also appears that the person shooting this is hiding behind some kind of structure while taping so he can’t be seen.*

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*Of course, that only adds to the conspiracy theory? Was this unauthorized video? Or is this supposed to look like unauthorized video that the Manning camp wanted in the public domain? Also, why was Manning practicing at Duke? Well, it’s because his former offensive coordinator at Tennessee, David Cutcliffe, is now the Blue Devils head coach. See, aren’t conspiracies fun?

But the motion, the drop-back, the footwork? It looks like Manning.

And from this video, Manning, in shoulder pads and a helmet, looks pretty good, bad neck and all.

So, what are we thinking? Is it Manning? Does he look good? Is this enough to change your opinion that Manning actually can play in 2012? More importantly, is it enough to convince the rest of the NFL that he’s ready to play?

According to ESPN’s Chris Mortensen, the player in the video is indeed Manning and that Manning has been seen around the Durham, N.C., area. Colts receiver Austin Collie and tight end Dallas Clark also apparently are working with Manning at Duke.

This video would fly in the face of the recent report that stated Manning might need a fourth surgery on his neck, including another potential spinal fusion.

But all of this goes to show, like with most conspiracies, we just don’t know what is true and what isn’t. This video is just another piece in the puzzle nobody, at this point, can solve.

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Posted on: July 7, 2011 1:00 pm
Edited on: July 7, 2011 1:11 pm

Austin Collie talks concussions, NFL future

Posted by Ryan Wilson

Colts wide receiver Austin Collie suffered three concussions last season before he was eventually placed on injured reserve Dec. 22, days after he was knocked out a game against the Jaguars.

In May, Collie told the Indianapolis Star that he was feeling good and had no plans to retire. On Wednesday, Collie appeared on KHTK to discuss -- what else -- concussions. When asked what it was like running patterns across the middle with all the head injuries in the league last year, Collie was frank.

“I think I have kind of put that behind me. I don’t like to dwell on it too much just because it can affect your play going across the middle and catching another ball," he said, according to Sports Radio Interviews. "You don’t want things like that popping up in your mind. I try to ignore any thought I do have of it. I don’t want to watch it. People want to show me and ask how I felt during that time and what not. I just kind of brush it aside because it is one of those things that it is in the past and it’s unfortunate. I was unlucky, but I’m just looking forward to this next season and getting on with it.”

Collie, 25, was then asked if concussions scared him at this point in his career. “Not really," he said. "If it was one of those things that I had a history of concussions and now I’m getting worse or more-and-more frequent then it would definitely be a worry of mine in the near future, but I’ve known players who play with nine or 10 concussions and who have lived on to have successful careers and haven’t had any symptoms later on in life, so again everyone is different. Everyone handles each injury different and hopefully down the road it’ll be perfectly fine."

Just hearing Collie mention "nine or 10 concussions" makes us uncomfortable. Especially in light of what the New Yorker's Malcolm Gladwell wrote in October 2009:

Price of concussions

"This is a crucial point. Much of the attention in the football world in the past few years has been on concussions — on diagnosing, managing and preventing them — and on figuring out how many concussions a player can have before he should call it quits. But a football player’s real issue isn’t simply with repetitive concussive trauma. It is, as the concussion specialist Robert Cantu argues, with repetitive subconcussive trauma. It’s not just the handful of big hits that matter. It’s lots of little hits, too."

You'd think it would be reason enough to mandate that all players wear the safest helmets currently manufactured, and to never again speak of an 18-game schedule.

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Posted on: May 29, 2011 5:47 pm

Collie says he's feeling fine, won't retire

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

As Colts WR Austin Collie works out to keep himself in shape for the upcoming season, he reports to the Indianapolis Star that he’s feeling good and that his routes are crisp and his pass-catching hands are performing well.

CollieBut what about the most important questions? What about those three concussions he suffered last season? How is his head feeling? Did he think about retiring?

"No problems," he told the paper. "None."

Yes, but how do we know for sure until he starts taking contact from defenders? Team vice chairman Bill Polian asked that question a few months back, even though he knows the reports about Collie so far this offseason have been positive – QB Peyton Manning, in fact, has said Collie seems like himself again as they’ve worked out together.

Price of concussions
And it appears that we’ll get the chance to find out when the 2011 season begins, because Collie said he is not going to retire.

"I don't think for me there really was a decision," Collie said. "I didn't even entertain the thought of not coming back. I think the media made their own stories as far as what I was going to do.

"But I always knew I was going to come back."

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Posted on: April 27, 2011 1:11 pm

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Posted by Andy Benoit

Posted on: March 31, 2011 8:47 am

PETA wants Vick out of Madden cover tourney

Vick Posted by Josh Katzowitz

With the upcoming release of the next version of EA Sports’ “Madden,” there’s plenty of controversy already brewing.

First, you’ve got the 32-player bracket in which fans can vote for the cover boy that has already led to “upsets” of Bills WR Steve Johnson (by Patriots RB Danny Woodhead) and of Broncos QB Tim Tebow (by a surprising Chiefs RB Jamaal Charles, who dominated Tebow 64 percent-36 percent) in the first-round matchups.

Now, you’ve got the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) who want Eagles QB Michael Vick evicted from the tournament (you know, the whole dogfighting thing).

That, however, won’t stop EA Sports president Peter Moore from putting Vick on the cover if that is the result of the fan vote.

"We believe that Michael Vick, as the runner-up in MVP for the league and the comeback player of the year, deserved his slot," Moore told CNBC.com. “I can tell you we've already received the letters from our good friends at PETA urging us to take him out of the bracket. I'm not here to comment on what he did. I personally believe, and this is personal commentary right now, that Michael served his time. He's had a tremendous season."

Vick also believes he deserves the honor, as he’s taken to his Twitter page to encourage fans to vote for him.

Moore also declared his company was wrong for originally allowing players who suffered concussions on the virtual field to return to the game. That’s why, in Madden ’12, that won’t be an option (my heart breaks for those who have Colts WR Austin Collie on their team).

According to the AP, Moore said “we have an obligation in our industry" to recognize that brain injuries are one of the leading issues of the day.

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Posted on: February 28, 2011 1:50 pm
Edited on: March 1, 2011 3:47 pm

Greensboro docs research handheld concussion test

Posted by Will Brinson

The NFL announced a new concussion protocol procedure for teams on Friday in Indianapolis. But the answer to one of the league's most significant problems might actually be residing in Greensboro, North Carolina.

It's there, nearly 600 miles away from where the next batch of players is showing off their skills at the combine, that development to diagnose concussions with a handheld test is getting underway.

You can't actually diagnose a concussion, or traumatic brain injury, without knowing what happened inside the body. And this is important because it relates to the NFL's recent announcement of moving to a standardized examination. A positive step, but it's not going to allow medical staffs to make 100 percent accurate diagnostics.

That's where the Join School of Nanoscience and Nanoengineering, a collaborative effort between the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and N.C. A&T State University, comes in.

"There are no diagnostic tools to accurately measure the neurological changes [following a concussion]," Shyam Aravamudhan, a JSNN professor, told CBSSports.com when we visited the facility earlier this year. "Molecular changes are where symptoms can be accurately diagnosed."

And the NFL's decision to use a universal baseline test will certainly aid in that area, but, again, not to the degree of certainty with which a molecular test would.

The process by which blood-based diagnosis occurs is fascinating. The brain contains a series of barriers that prevent entry by various molecular components to portions of the gray matter that help us function each day. Those barriers can be broken when an individual suffers a concussion, and as a result of the barriers breaking, markers are released into the blood stream. And when an individual is tested in the manner using the JSNN device, a positive test for markers indicates a case of traumatic brain injury.

A reasonable example of comparison is someone who gets busted for a DUI. Ever have a friend who almost never, ever acts drunk regardless of how much alcohol he's consumed? That person could get behind the wheel of a car after drinking 12 beers in the span of 4 hours and appear sober.

That has nothing to do with how much alcohol is in his bloodstream, it's merely a symptom of his body's different chemical makeup and how it processes alcohol. So everyone involved -- particularly the cop -- is surprised when he blows a .22 despite passing all the field-sobriety tests.

Want an on-the-field example? Remember the monster shot Austin Collie took against the Eagles when Asante Samuel launched him into inadvertent helmet-to-helmet contact with Kurt Coleman? Well, Collie didn't play for a few weeks because of the hit and finally returned to the field in Week 12, only to show "concussion symptoms" within the first few plays.

In other words he appeared completely fine to the critical eye, at least leading up to the game. An objective test of Collie's blood probably would have indicated these "concussion markers" from TBI were present and kept him off the field entirely.

Traumatic brain injury sounds much worse than "concussion." But it's important to note that according to the JSNN's staff between 75 and 90 percent of the 1.9 million annual diagnosed cases of TBI (per the Center for Disease Control's research, .PDF) are "mild."

"Mild" doesn't mean "safe" by any stretch of the imagination, and it's in this category where most sports concussions fall. But the most terrifying thing about these "mild" injuries is that as the frequency with which they occur increases, so does the long-term damage.

"Military and sports personnel are high-risk individuals," Kristine Lundgren, associate professor at UNCG's School of Health and Human Performance said. "With a second incident of TBI, the severity is even worse."

There are countless cases, according to the JSNN, of soldiers being incorrectly diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder when they've actually suffered a number of concussions. The symptoms -- from depression to delirium -- are similar but the treatment and, most importantly, prevention, are completely different.

"Why would you let the fact that the individual is conscious overrule what you find?" said Dr. Vince Henrich, director of biotechnology, genomics and health resources at UNCG. "There's a confusion about consciousness -- [when someone's awake] it's too easy to conclude that everything's okay."

And individual brains are, unsurprisingly, quite different from person to person, making a diagnosis even more difficult.

"You have to know the player, you have to know what they were like before," Lundgren said. "It's a really tough thing to do."

What we do know is concussions are this generation's -- for NFL players and beyond -- "signature injury." That's why funding for this type of research is so critical. The JSNN staff estimated that the work needed for an in-the-field concussion test that can determine TBI based on molecular levels could be completed in "about four years." In-the-field being something military and sports professionals could bring to their respective worlds.

But they also said, "depending on funding," it could be completed much faster. Dean Jim Ryan classified the UNC Greensboro's work on TBI as "one of the most immediately understood goals."

That's not an endorsement for any sort of investment, but it's obvious that current standards for measuring TBI in the NFL don't precisely meet the needs of an increasingly dangerous sport.

And yes there are also obvious issues aside from money. Players might have serious issues using bodily fluids for tests like this if the NFL controlled it.

But when you see someone like Dave Duerson -- an NFL legend dedicated to helping improve medical assistance for former players -- scrawl words about using his brain for science on his suicide note , it's hard not to think there's more that can be done immediately to improve the quality of life for not just current players but the kids who will eventually make their way onto NFL fields.

"TBI is more dangerous to a young brain," Lundgren said. "The brain is still developing and therefore at more risk."

Because concussions aren't exactly selective everyone on the football field's at risk until science figures out a way to really get a handle on what's going on inside our heads.

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Posted on: December 22, 2010 12:02 pm

Colts officially end Austin Collie's season

Posted by Andy BenoitA. Collie

In a move that most anticipated, the Indianapolis Colts have placed wide receiver Austin Collie on Injured Reserve. Collie suffered his third concussion of the season this past Sunday against the Jaguars. It was the second time this season that the slot receiver was knocked out after going low for a ball down the seam between double coverage (the first time was in Philadelphia, where Collie was carted off the field).

This is a blow to Indy’s injury-ravaged offense, though the Colts have grown accustom to playing without Collie (they’re 3-2 when he’s out of the lineup).

Undrafted rookie Blair White will once against step in. White may look like Collie, but he’s not as clever a route runner. That said, he’s been solid at times, catching 30 passes for 284 yards and four scores on the season.

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Posted on: December 19, 2010 2:35 pm
Edited on: December 19, 2010 2:57 pm

Collie injured again for Colts (VIDEO)

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

Already, Austin Collie has missed five games this season with concussion symptoms, and in his return to the field today, he showed why the Colts had missed him so much during his absence.

Late in the second quarter, he had accumulated eight catches for 87 yards and two scores as the Colts took a 14-10 lead heading into intermission.

But as the Colts were driving late in the second quarter, Collie got crushed again, stayed down for a few minutes and then slowly walked to the locker room. At this point, there's got to be a question of whether Collie can - or should - return to play this season.

Running a vertical route and covered by Jacksonville’s William Middleton, Collie dove for a Peyton Manning pass but took a shot to the head by Jaguars LB Daryl Smith. It wasn’t a helmet-to-helmet hit and it wasn’t illegal, but it was still awfully scary for Collie.

He stayed on the turf several minutes before trainers helped him into the locker room. As he left the field, Middleton and Smith both patted him on the backside.

No word yet on his condition.

UPDATED (2:37 p.m.):
Collie has suffered a concussion, and officials say his return is doubtful.

Video is here:

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