Owner Jim Irsay posted the news on his Twitter page Wednesday morning. After announcing the news he followed up with this tweet:
The news also gives room for concern about Peyton Manning and his status for the season opener at Houston on Sept. 11th. The Colts 4-time NFL MVP Quarterback missed all of training camp and is still sitting on the physically unable to perform list, while rehabbing from offseason neck surgery.
Over the weekend at the Peyback Classic, a high school football event that Manning sponsors, #18 did say he will not be playing at all this preseason.
Last week, Colts owner Jim Irsay also touched upon how the team is unaware of a timeline for Manning's recovery. “Bottom line, we truly do not know when he will be ready,” Colts president Bill Polian told ESPN Saturday. “Once the nerves regenerate properly, he’ll be ready. When that happens, he’ll be ready to ramp up immediately. It’s impossible to predict.”
Collins, 6-5, 247 pounds, is a 16-year NFL veteran who has spent time with the Carolina Panthers (1995-98), New Orleans Saints (1998), New York Giants (1999-2003), Oakland Raiders (2004-05) and Tennessee Titans (2006-10). In 195 career NFL games (177 starts), Collins has completed 3,439-of-6,163 passes for 40,441 yards, 206 touchdowns, 195 interceptions and a 73.9 quarterback rating. Collins’ attempts and completions both rank ninth in NFL annals while his passing yardage ranks 11th in the league.
“It is a good opportunity to have Kerry become part of the team,” said Colts Head Coach Jim Caldwell. “He is a veteran quarterback who has started many games and he brings dimension and depth to the quarterback position, which will be helpful. He is familiar with our division and will make a great addition to our roster.”
Collins was originally selected by Carolina in the first round (fifth overall) of the 1995 NFL Draft, the first player ever chosen by the Panthers. In his second season with the team, he led Carolina to the NFC Championship Game, throwing for 2,454 yards and 14 touchdowns that season. In 2000, Collins guided the New York Giants to Super Bowl XXXV, losing to the Baltimore Ravens. He has also started 28 games in two years with the Raiders and 32 games in five seasons with the Titans.
Collins was selected to the Pro Bowl on two occasions (1996 and 2008) and still holds the Giants’ single-season record for passing yards with 4,073 in 2002.
“I feel like I’m going to get to work tonight, and I’m going to start grinding tonight. I’m going to bust my tail to get this offense down, and get ready to run this offense throughout the rest of the preseason. If Peyton (Manning) can’t go we’ll see where we’re at with all of that. But in the meantime, I’m coming in here ready to work, and whatever happens down the road is going to happen.”