Collie’s return to Colts uncertain
INDIANAPOLIS — The Indianapolis Colts may have to make their final playoff push without receiver Austin Collie.
Less than 24 hours after Collie left his third game in seven weeks with a head injury, coach Jim Caldwell said he didn’t know when — or if — one of their top play-makers would return this season.
The second-year receiver was injured late in the first half Sunday when Jacksonville linebacker Daryl Smith appeared to hit Collie in the head with his forearm as Collie went low to make a catch.
STEELERS: Tight end Heath Miller is expected to play Thursday against Carolina after missing two games with a concussion.
Meanwhile, safety Troy Polamalu (Achilles’ tendon) likely won’t play Thursday against Carolina (2-12), especially since the Steelers (10-4) will have had only three full days off.
FAVRE: NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell says he’s still “following up” on some of the information in the Brett Favre investigation to make sure it’s thorough and reaches “the right conclusion.”
Goodell was in Minnesota for Monday’s BearsVikings game at snowy TCF Bank Stadium. He did not elaborate on the nature of the work he has left to do on the investigation, nor would he be specific when asked when he’ll declare his decision.
CONCUSSIONS: The NFL’s charitable foundation is awarding nearly $1 million in grants for research related to concussions, an issue in the forefront all season.
NFL Charities is donating a total of $1.6 million for sports-related medical studies at 16 organizations this year, including a record $988,224 to 10 groups focusing on head injuries and neurological problems.
BRONCOS: The Denver Broncos don’t care if everyone knows it, including the Houston Texans: Tim Tebow will start again Sunday. Rather than keep everybody guessing, interim coach Eric Studesville made the unusual move Monday of announcing that Tebow would be under center Sunday.