INDIANAPOLIS – Adding to the difficultly of dealing with a last-minute loss on Sunday afternoon, the Colts received some unfortunate news regarding the status of wide receiver Austin Collie.
Head coach Chuck Pagano announced on Monday that Collie will miss the remainder of the 2012 season with a patellar tendon injury.
"It's terrible," Pagano said of Collie being placed on injured reserve. "We feel awful about the loss, but in the big picture, you feel awful for a guy like Austin that has battled through so many things in his career and then go out and have this happen. You hate to see anybody get injured on the football field, but I feel really bad about Austin.
Collie entered Sunday's game on the Colts third play from scrimmage and drew a defensive pass interference on his first snap of the 2012 season.
The next ball Collie would see thrown his way came midway through the third quarter as he caught a six-yard reception from quarterback Andrew Luck.
As he lay on the ground following the reception, Collie grabbed his leg while many fans inside of Lucas Oil Stadium feared the worse.
Concussion problems have plagued the fourth-year receiver in the past and this season-ending knee injury is another devastating set back in a promising career.
"We all know Austin's history and what he's been through and what he's dealt with as far as the concussions go to get himself through this last one and get back on the playing field," Pagano said.
"Then the first time he gets out there, he's playing well and playing fast, and then to have something like that happen, you just feel awful for the kid."
The loss of Collie in the third quarter was made even worse by the Colts lack of offensive production following intermission.
On the Colts first three drives to begin the second half, the offense was able to get a first down but couldn't maintain any consistency that led to a pair of opening-half touchdowns.
"You say we kind of started slow there but we were moving," Pagano said of the third quarter drives. "We killed ourselves. It was either penalties, drop ball, throw an interception, that just obviously makes things worse."
The Colts will hit the practice field on Tuesday and Wednesday of this week before having the rest of their bye week off.
The bye comes in Week 4 and that is the earliest of any team in the NFL. The Colts will use it to correct the mistakes made in Sunday's loss by also healing up before another NFC North foe invades Lucas Oil Stadium.
Green Bay will finish off a three-game home stand for the Colts on Oct. 7 and the Colts will spend the next two days on the practice field fine-tuning any corrections that are needed.
"We'll come in tomorrow and watch the film, make the corrections, go over the tape and then we're going to go us versus us," Pagano said.
"We're going to have a longer individual period and address the areas that need to be addressed. From a fundamental and technique standpoint, if we just play smarter and do some things differently here and there across the board, every position, offense, defense and special teams, we'll find a way to win those games."
INJURY NEWS: Pagano said he expects both offensive guard Joe Reitz (leg) and outside linebacker Dwight Freeney (ankle) to be back for the Week 5 matchup with the Packers. Both Reitz and Freeney will get back on the field this week and Pagano said the staff will 'ease them into things,' beginning with individual work. Cornerbacks Vontae Davis (ankle) and Justin King (groin) both exited the Jaguars game late in the second half and Pagano says the two will be 'week-to-week.' Center Samson Satele left the Jaguars game with a knee injury and Pagano said he will be 'day-to-day.'