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Tuesday, December 18, 2018

Donald Brown Breaks Out for Colts, Austin Collie Goes Down with Third Concussion

With their 9th straight playoff appearance on the line at home against the Jaguars, the Colts scratched out a 34-24 win. Jacksonville has to be extremely disappointed with the loss because a win would have given them their first ever AFC South title. The Colts however have some bad news to bring them down from the delight of their win.

Wide receiver Austin Collie, who was returning from his second concussion of the season, broke out as we predicted. He caught eight passes for 87 yards and two touchdowns in his first game since week 11. But Collie was led into triple coverage on a bad pass by Peyton Manning late in the first half and had his head hit hard. Collie was down for a few minutes before walking off the field after suffering his third concussion of the season. There is little doubt that Collie is done for the season and one can’t help but wonder if this may become a chronic problem for the second-year receiver from BYU.

The bright side for the Colts was the strong play by Donald Brown. The former first-round pick busted out with his best career performance, rushing for a career high 128 yards including a 43-yard touchdown and 49-yard run. With starter Joseph Addai still out because of a neck injury and Mike Hart out with an ankle injury, it’s on Donald Brown to carry the Colts’ league-worst rushing attack. On Sunday, he did just that. With the Jags home against the Redskins and at Houston to close out the season and the Colts at Oakland and home against Tennessee, I like Jacksonville’s chances of beating out Indy for the division.

Photo Credit: AP Photo/Darron Cummings

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