Colts put QB Collins on injured reserve list
INDIANAPOLIS — Kerry Collins came to Indianapolis to win a Super Bowl ring.
He may leave town without a win.
Two months after signing with the Colts, the 17-year veteran was placed on injured reserve with a concussion — a move that will definitely end his season, and possibly his NFL career.
It's been a strange year for Collins, who announced in July he was retiring, then was wooed out of retirement with a $4 million deal to be Manning's backup.
But when Manning had another neck surgery in early September, Collins was suddenly promoted to starter. And now, with Manning still not expected back at practice before December, it's Collins — not Manning — who is on injured reserve.
"I have no idea what that prognosis might be, and I have no idea when a decision may be forthcoming," team vice chairman Bill Polian told radio listeners Monday night. "I guess they may make a decision at some point, but concussions are a hot-button issue as you know and it's one (decision) that has to be made internally."
Less than 24 hours later, the decision was made.
Collins started three games for the Colts, getting knocked out in the third quarter against Pittsburgh. He hasn't played a down since and has been limited to light individual work at practice since then.
With the Colts, Collins was 48 of 98 for 481 yards with two touchdowns and one interception. He has now thrown for 40,922 career yards, 10th in NFL history after passing Joe Montana in Week 1. In 198 career games, Collins was 3,487 of 6,261 with 208 TDs and 196 interceptions.
That leaves Indy with three quarterbacks on the active roster — Curtis Painter, who took over as the starter when Collins was injured; Manning, the four-time league MVP; and veteran backup Dan Orlovsky, who recently re-signed with Indy after getting cut by the Colts at the end of training camp.
Indy also placed fullback Chris Gronkowski on injured reserve and re-signed offensive linemen Jamey Richard and Michael Toudouze and running back Darren Evans to the active roster.
Evans is an undrafted rookie who has been on the Colts' practice squad or active roster all season. Richard was Indy's seventh-round pick in 2008, and Toudouze was the Colts' fifth-round choice in 2006. Indy also waived David Gilreath from the practice squad and announced starting guard Joe Reitz had arthroscopic surgery on his injured knee and will be out indefinitely.
The lights have been turned off on Buffalo Bills linebacker Shawne Merriman's season.
Merriman, who earned the nickname "Lights Out" when he was one of the NFL's most feared players, was placed on season-ending injured reserve on Tuesday because of a right Achilles' tendon injury. It's the same injury that forced the Bills to place him on IR last November after they signed him as a free agent following his release from the San Diego Chargers.
"Shawne has worked extremely hard, but unfortunately his Achilles flared back up and it doesn't appear that he will be able to return to the field anytime soon," Bills general manager Buddy Nix said in a statement released by the team Tuesday. "We felt it was in the best interest of our team and for Shawne to put him on IR."
Merriman's season was average at best, mostly due to his inability to stay healthy. After recording a pair of sacks in Buffalo's preseason opener against Chicago, he hurt his right knee in practice. That kept him out of two preseason games.
He then hurt his shoulder in Week 2 against Oakland, and the Bills began to monitor both his playing and practice time. That basically made him a part-time player.
Bernard Berrian was waived Tuesday, halfway into his fourth year with the team.
Berrian watched the Oct. 9 game against Arizona on the sideline in street clothes, too, and coach Leslie Frazier said that was for a disciplinary reason, reportedly because he missed two team meetings. The coach said afterward he didn't "foresee any future problems" and that Berrian remained a significant part of the team's offensive plans, but the vote of confidence was conspicuously missing the last two days when Frazier gave vague answers to questions from reporters about Berrian's status.
Between those benchings, Berrian had his most productive game of the season, with five receptions for 54 yards. But even that night at Chicago, he dropped a crucial third-down pass while running wide open on a slant route, failing to give quarterback Donovan McNabb and the struggling offense an important early spark.
Berrian is a vested veteran, so the Vikings must pay him all of his $1.9 million salary unless another team claims him. He took a pay cut to stay this year, down from $3.9 million.