When Austin Collie suffered at least his third concussion in 22 months on Aug. 19 at Pittsburgh, I urged people not to feel like they should, from afar, determine his future.
Be concerned for sure, but understand a guy judging his own health and his own career.
Chuck Pagano has said Collie has been cleared as a full-go and offensive coordinator Bruce Arians said Collie's had a good week of practice. But the receiver indicated to Indianapolis reporters today that decision on him for Sunday’s game in Chicago’s not been made.
From Mike Chappell of the Indianapolis Star:
And he made it clear that while he appreciates the concern of fans for his long-term health, he'll listen only to the appropriate voices when deciding how his career should progress.
“I think me and my family are the only ones who know what's best for me,'' Collie said. "It's our decision. It's our life, my career.''
Here’s the hard part with Collie going forward. While he’ll line up outside as one of the team’s top two wideouts in the base offense, from those sets and out of three-wide he is at his best in the middle of the field. And receivers in the middle of the field take some shots. And every time Collie takes a shot and doesn’t immediately bounce up, we’re going to wonder two things?
Is this another concussion?
Was that his last play?