Posted by Will Brinson
The Colts ended the season of a veteran quarterback on Tuesday, but it's not the one you might expect, as they decided to shut down Kerry Collins.
In addition, the team put fullback Chris Gronkowski on Injured Reserve and signed offensive guard Jamey Richard and offensive tackle Michael Toudouze to the active roster.
There's nothing shocking about the Colts calling off the dogs on the Kerry Collins era -- Curtis Painter's looked better than Collins did under center (no, really) since he took over, the team went out and signed veteran Dan Orlavsky and the Colts are now 0-7, which means they're getting close to being mathematically eliminated from the playoffs.
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But it's remarkably strange that, given the same circumstances, they continue to leave Peyton Manning on the active roster.
Manning obviously hasn't played once this season, and we're now closing in on the two-month timeline that was reported for his return. Given where the Colts are in the standings, it's surprising that they continue to pretend he could return for them in 2011.
And even if he could, putting his future health at risk for an already lost season seems a bit foolish.
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