Colts second-year wide receiver Austin Collie left the Colts-Philadelphia Eagles game on a stretcher after suffering a head injury Sunday. Colts coach Jim Caldwell told Kevin Lee of the team's radio station that Collie had a concussion but will be OK. Team president Bill Polian told CBS that Collie was sitting up and alert in the Indianapolis locker room at halftime.
The injury appeared much more serious at first. Collie, a second-year wide receiver, remained almost motionless on the field for more than 10 minutes following a hit by Eagles defensive back Kurt Coleman.
Coleman was penalized 15 yards for the apparent helmet-to-helmet hit, but it was unclear if the play warrants a huge fine from the NFL, because Collie had taken two steps after touching the ball, thereby technically eliminating his status as a "defenseless receiver." The play was ruled an incomplete pass.
The NFL, in recent weeks, has focused on trying to reduce concussions by increasing fines and raising the possibility of suspensions for flagrant and unnecessary hits on defenseless players.
Collie had returned this week after missing last week's game with a thumb injury.
Watch video of the hit that injured Austin Collie below.