Tag:Curtis Painter
Posted on: October 4, 2011 12:18 am
Edited on: October 4, 2011 1:20 am

Curtis Painter holds his own against Bucs

Painter impresses in first NFL start. (US PRESSWIRE)
Posted by Ryan Wilson

Maybe Reggie Wayne was on to something back in August when, after the Colts signed Kerry Collins out of retirement to keep Curtis Painter off the field, said “We don't even know [Collins], we ain't vanilla, man, we ain't no simple offense. So for him to can come in here and be the starter, I don't see it. I think that's a step back."

The implication wasn't that Collins couldn't be a capable backup in Peyton Manning's absence, just that his lack of familiarity with Indy's offense didn't make him a more attractive option than Painter, who has been with the team since 2009. We got a glimpse of that last Sunday when Painter, in relief of an injured Collins, was serviceable against the Steelers.

Facing the Buccaneers on Monday, he was much more than that, calling audibles at the line, changing protections, and running the no-huddle, something Indy hadn't been able to do with Collins under center.

In his first NFL start, Painter completed 13 of 30 passes for 281 yards, two touchdowns, and more importantly, no interceptions. (Though he did have one fumble, on a sack, which isn't surprising given that he was playing behind a decimated offensive line. Indy lost rookie left tackles Anthony Castonzo and Ben Ijalana during the game.)

In the second quarter, Painter hit Pierre Garcon on a nifty sideline route for an 87-yard touchdown and a 10-0 lead. (It was the longest first career touchdown pass since Charlie Batch tossed a 98-yarder in 1998. More impressive: it was longer than any of Peyton Manning's regular-season touchdowns.) 

But Painter wasn't done. With the Colts trailing 17-10 in the third quarter, he hit Garcon again, this time for a 59-yard score. But it still wasn't enough; the Bucs took the lead in the fourth quarter and blitzed Painter silly for the rest of the night. When it was over, Indy limped out of Tampa with a 24-17 loss.

This is what happens when you're without your franchise quarterback and missing key players on both sides of the ball.

So, no, it wasn't always pretty but let's be honest: Painter exceeded everybody's expectations, and that's a positive for a Colts team desperately in need of some good news. Unfortunately, there are no moral victories in the NFL, and a quarter of the way through the season Indy is 0-4.

We would like to take this opportunity to point out the many wig-tastic looks of Curtis Painter. (Getty Images)

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Posted on: September 30, 2011 1:27 pm

Curtis Painter starting for Colts Monday night

Posted by Will Brinson

Curtis Painter will get his first career NFL start on Monday night against the Colts, owner Jim Irsay confirmed on Friday.

"Curtis named the starter for Monday night," Irsay tweeted on Friday.

The news isn't that surprising, and the Colts have prepared all week long as if Painter would get the nod. Kerry Collins, the team's starter for the first three games, is still suffering from concussion-like symptoms suffered against the Steelers in Indy's loss on Sunday night.

"It certainly would be a great opportunity," Painter said on Thursday. "I'd enjoy that and I'm sure it would be a lot of fun. Big game, Monday night game, so it would be very exciting."

Painter appeared in two games in 2009 and has attempted 11 passes in two appearances so far this season.He's never thrown a touchdown in his career, but has two interceptions (both in 2009) in 39 career passes, 33.3 percent of which he's completed.

There's a very good reason why our panel of NFL experts all picked the Buccaneers to win straight up on Monday night; we can now question why any of us would select the Colts to cover the 9.5-point spread, even if does factor Painter under center.

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Posted on: September 29, 2011 4:28 pm

Manning hasn't thought about NFL future

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

We still don’t know who will start Monday for the Colts -- Kerry Collins is still recovering from concussion symptoms, which might open the gate for Curtis Painter to make his first NFL start -- but we know somebody else who will be there watching. That’s Peyton Manning, who told ESPN (via USA Today) that he’d be on the sidelines and cheering on his team.

Manning's Pain in the Neck
As far as his future playing career is concerned, Manning was a little less forthcoming.

"I haven't thought about all that," he said

Which, you know, is a bit hard to believe, considering he’s made a trip to Europe in an effort to use stem cell treatment to heal his neck.

As he waits, he’s been relegated to being a sideline cheerleader, and he told ESPN he misses his old life.

“Being there with the guys, the huddles, the conversation,” Manning said. “You just don't feel as much a part of it, a contributor."

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Posted on: September 27, 2011 5:57 pm
Edited on: September 27, 2011 6:01 pm

Report: Colts sign Dan Orlovsky as backup QB

Dan Orlovsky reportedly rejoins the Colts. (Getty Images)
Posted by Ryan Wilson

It's not everyday that a team signing a backup quarterback off the street three weeks into the regular season is deemed newsworthy. But 2011 has been anything but typical for the Colts. Peyton Manning has yet to take a snap (and he very well might not) as he recovers from neck surgery.

The team signed recently retired Kerry Collins off his couch to fill in indefinitely. With just a few weeks to learn a new offense with new personnel, the results have been predictably disastrous. Making matters worse: Collins suffered concussion-like symptoms against the Steelers on Sunday night. Depending on his availability, Indianapolis could face the Buccaneers with just one healthy quarterback on the roster: Curtis Painter.

Which is why the team put veteran free agents Dan Orlovsky and Brodie Croyle through the paces Tuesday.

According to the Indianapolis Star, the Colts settled on Orlovsky, who was with the team during preseason when he completed 25-of-54 passes for 386 yards with three touchdowns and three interceptions.

The Star cites "a source with knowledge of the situation" because the Colts have made no official announcement, nor was it immediately known how the team made room for Orlovsky on the active roster.

We would like to take this opportunity to point out the many wig-tastic looks of Curtis Painter. (Getty Images)

Which brings us to something PFT.com's Michael David Smith made note of earlier Tuesday. Specifically, the organization's decision to keep Manning on the active roster even though he might not play see the field again until 2012.

"While the Colts don’t want to go into Monday night’s game with Painter as their only healthy quarterback, they also may need to ask themselves whether it really makes sense to have quarterbacks take up four places on the 53-man roster," Smith wrote. "The Colts have plenty of problems elsewhere and can use all the manpower they can get."

The Colts are 0-3 for the first time since 1998, Manning's rookie year. Whatever the roster breakdwon, Indy's best offense might be its defense. Robert Mathis and Dwight Freeney sacked Ben Roethlisberger three times Sunday and forced two fumbles that led to 10 points.

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Posted on: September 11, 2011 2:50 pm

Texans manhandling the Colts

K. Collins stares at the scoreboard that says Houston is dominating Indianapolis (AP).Posted by Josh Katzowitz

If you thought that Peyton Manning not playing today following neck surgery wouldn’t be THAT big a deal and if you thought the Texans making Arian Foster inactive would hurt their offense, let me point you in the direction of this boxscore.

Yes, that would be Houston 34, Indianapolis 0 after two quarters of play -- the worst halftime deficit in Colts history.

Now, obviously, Manning would have no impact on the Colts atrocious defense (Texans quarterback Matt Schaub is 12 of 16 for 162 yards, a touchdown and an interception; Andre Johnson has six catches for 89 yards and a score; and running backs Ben Tate and Derrick Ward have combined for 100 yards on 21 carries).

But with Kerry Collins in charge of the offense, the Colts have gained 88 yards of total offense. You can almost be assured that Manning would perform better than that, even against Houston defensive coordinator Wade Phillips’ new 3-4 defense.

To make matters worse, Collins injured his finger in the first half, but after getting it popped back into place, he stayed on the field. But even if he remained on the sideline for the second half, it’s not like Curtis Painter could do much worse.

As for the Colts defense, wow … that’s a big problem. And if Manning is out for the season with his neck problem, this first half could be a sign of bad, bad things to come for a franchise that has been so good since drafting Manning.

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Posted on: September 6, 2011 12:56 pm
Edited on: September 6, 2011 12:58 pm

Dungy concerned about the Colts' playoff chances

Tony Dungy on the Colts' playoff chances: “I would say no, because I would be concerned about Peyton Manning.” (Getty Images)

Posted by Ryan Wilson

We just saw this tweet from the National Football Post's Andrew Brandt: "Colts spending about $32 million on quarterback position in 2011. Redskins spending about $2 million."

This falls squarely in the category of "You get what you pay for," with the caveat that what you're paying for isn't injured. For Indianapolis, that's a huge problem right now. Peyton Manning, who hasn't missed a start since 1998 (a span of 208 games), back when Bill Clinton was president and cell phones were the size of iPads, is in real danger of doing just that come Sunday when the Colts face division rival Houston.

Indianapolis signed Kerry Collins last month in case Manning, whose recovery from offseason neck surgery has taken longer than anybody expected, wasn't ready to start the season. With Manning's status now a week-to-week issue, former Colts head coach Tony Dungy has real concerns that Indianapolis will even make the playoffs. This is a team that has qualified for the postseason 11 of the last 12 seasons, with Manning starting every game along the way.

Colts Crazy Preseason

“I would say no (the Colts won't make the playoffs), because I would be concerned about Peyton Manning,” Dungy said on the Dan Patrick Show Tuesday, according to PFT.com. “Just the fact that he may miss one game tells me that this is fairly serious.”

The Colts have Manning listed as "doubtful" for the Texans game, which means there's roughly a 25 percent chance he plays. CBSSports.com's Mike Freeman translates: "No way in hell" Manning will be on the field.

We joked on Monday's Pick-6 Podcast that the Colts are a perennial playoff team with Manning, a seven-win outfit with Collins, and would be lucky to win four games with Curtis Painter. (Upside: a 4-12 record would would perfectly positioned them in the Andrew Luck Sweepstakes which, honestly, is something the organization is going to have address much sooner than they planned.)

But let's not get too far ahead of ourselves here. Manning's still on the team and will be on the field at some point soon. The problem: no one can pinpoint the date. And that, ultimately, will decide the fate for this team in 2011.

“I think it all depends on Peyton Manning,” Dungy said. “If he misses a lot of time I think it’s going to be very difficult for them to make it. If he misses one or two games, I think they still will win the division.”

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Posted on: September 5, 2011 11:31 am
Edited on: September 5, 2011 12:02 pm

Peyton 'doubtful' for Week 1, won't practice

Posted by Will Brinson

Peyton Manning's been the story of the NFL preseason thus far, thanks to a complicated neck surgery he underwent 15 weeks ago and the slow process which which he's recovered.

It became a bigger story on Monday when the Colts announced that not only has his rehab "slowed," but that Manning won't practice leading up to the Week 1 game against the Texans and will be listed as "doubtful" on the official injury report.

"During the last week, the rate of improvement in Peyton’s rehabilitation process slowed," the Colts said in a statement released by the team Monday. "Over the weekend Peyton experienced soreness in his back. It was originally thought to be a normal reaction to his rehabilitation regimen. When the soreness persisted, the Colts medical team decided to initiate diagnostic tests and to consult with a number of specialists around the country who have been involved in Peyton’s case from the outset. That process continues.

"As a result of the most recent development the doctors have decided that Peyton will not practice. His participation therefore, in Sunday’s game versus Houston will likely be doubtful. We will update his playing status as required by NFL policy as the week goes on."

The Colts also added that "the end date" of Peyton's recovery "is unpredictable" and that "it serves no useful purpose to speculate about hypothetical outcomes."

Which is precisely what I'll do right now: it doesn't look good for Peyton playing.

Colts Crazy Preseason

That seems insane, but, hey it's been a busy day for Indy, who also announced that new gameday consultant Jim Tressel would serve a non-suspension suspension for the first six games of the season.

And it's still entirely possible that Peyton does play in Week 1 against Houston. Here's the logic for why he won't: Indianapolis has 16 games they'll play this season, and while the first one against Houston is extremely important, it won't decide the fate of their 2011 season.

Additionally, the newest backup in town, Kerry Collins, has seen the Texans a time or two in his career. And while he's just 3-4 against Houston (which probably won't impress at least one of his wide receivers) he has completed 53.8 percent of his passes for 1,550 yards in seven games while throwing for six touchdowns and nine interceptions.

Those aren't Peyton Manning numbers, of course, but they're also not Curtis Painter numbers either.

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Posted on: September 4, 2011 9:54 pm
Edited on: September 5, 2011 9:48 am

Polian on Manning rumors: 'I don't know anything'

If, as reported, Manning is out indefinitely, the Colts are in serious trouble. (AP Photo/Tony Tribble)  
Posted by Ryan Wilson

UPDATE #2: 11:15 p.m. EST, via CBSSports.com's Mike Freeman: "After speaking to a source on the Colts, the team didn't believe Manning would get another surgery. There was, however, a serious concern that Manning was not only going to miss the season opener but the potential was for Manning to miss four or five games. Or more."

UPDATE: 10:25 p.m. EST, via Adam Schefter's Twitter feed:
"Peyton Manning is being revaluated by several doctors bc of slow progress. No other procedure planned now."


Eleven days ago, the Colts signed quarterback Kerry Collins, who had been retired for less than two months, as insurance against Peyton Manning not being ready for the regular season after offseason neck surgery.

Last Monday, Manning was activated from the PUP list, but the team qualified the move by saying that it was "a continuation of the rehab process from offseason neck surgery that Manning underwent. He will participate in practice on a limited basis. All of his practice work will be scripted and on a controlled basis. The participation in limited football activity is a standard procedure in the club's rehab protocol."

And now there are reports from John Michael Vincent of ESPN 1070 Indianapolis that Manning might need to undergo another procedure on his neck. "Been told by multi(ple) sources that Manning needs a 2nd neck procedure. Will remain out indefinitely. Called Colts and waiting on response," Vincent tweeted Sunday night.

Later, Sports Illustrated's Peter King spoke to Colts president Bill Polian who told him, "I don't know anything about that. I honestly don't."

Follow-up tweets from King were as follows:

"Don't go thinking Manning's fine+will play in 7 days at Houston. I'm starting to believe he won't. KCollins could be a pretty smart $4m buy."

And then:

"Talked to an authority on Peyton surgery this weekend. Learned it's all about nerve regeneration. You can't rush Mother Nature."

If true, this could be devastating news for the Colts, who, without Manning would go from perennial AFC South favorite and playoff contender to an unmitigated disaster. Four wins might be too optimistic a prediction.

For now, all we have is a report of which Indy's team president knows nothing about.

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