Col­lie’s re­turn to Colts un­cer­tain

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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.

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