Curtis Painter will start for the Colts against the Buccaneers

After years of debate over his potential as a backup for the Indianapolis Colts, Curtis Painter will finally get his shot to pilot the team from start to finish.

With Kerry Collins expected to miss another practice on Thursday with concussion-like symptoms, head coach Jim Caldwell said that Painter will make the start Monday night against the Buccaneers.

It will be the first career start for the Vincennes, Ind. native and former Purdue quarterback, who has been the Colts' primary backup quarterback since the 2009 season.

"At this point, two days of practice missed, some pretty important stuff that we put in, its tough to reclaim that at this stage so, we'll see how his (Collins) evaluation will go but Curtis will end up starting the game," said Caldwell on Friday afternoon.

Painter filled in for Collins, who took a hit in the third quarter which brought on the concussion-like symptoms, and was 5-for-11 for 60 yards against the Steelers on Sunday. It was an up-and-down performance for Painter, who early on missed a wide open Pierre Garcon on a deep route and then was sacked by James Harrison and fumbled.

That was picked up by Troy Polamalu and returned for a touchdown in the fourth quarter, but Painter bounced back quickly. He led the Colts on an 80-yard drive the next series to tie the game at 20, but never got the ball back as the Colts fell on a late field goal.