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Colts bring in Collins at QB

Vet is an option in lieu of Manning

Associated Press / August 25, 2011

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The Colts agreed to terms yesterday with Kerry Collins, making him the likely starter in case Peyton Manning isn’t healed completely from offseason neck surgery by the time the season begins Sept. 11 at Houston.

“Hopefully, Peyton will be back, but if he’s not maybe I can be one of the guys that can help this ball club,’’ Collins said in a conference call last night.

Not every player liked the move. “We don’t even know him, we ain’t vanilla, man, we ain’t no simple offense,’’ receiver Reggie Wayne said. “So for him to come in here and be the starter, I don’t see it.’’

The move is another indication that Manning’s streak of 227 consecutive starts, including playoffs, is in jeopardy.

Manning had surgery May 23 to repair a nerve in his neck, and the recovery has gone slower than expected partially, Manning said, because he couldn’t work out with team trainers during the 4 1/2-month lockout.

Wayne, a five-time Pro Bowler and one of Manning’s favorite targets, has supported backup Curtis Painter.

Meeting of minds Titans general manager Mike Reinfeldt said a meeting with Chris Johnson was beneficial even though no deal was reached to end the running back’s holdout. The GM expects to talk with Johnson’s agent again in the “next day or so.’’

Reinfeldt and Vin Marino, the Titans’ vice president of football administration, met in the morning with Johnson and his agent, Joel Segal. Reinfeldt said in a statement he felt it was important to meet face to face.

“I’m not sure there was any progress made, but I do think it was beneficial to meet. We were able to discuss several different elements of a potential contract,’’ Reinfeldt said.

Retirees drop suit A group of retired players has decided to dismiss its lawsuit against the NFL now that the lockout is over. Hall of Famer Carl Eller, Priest Holmes, and several other retired players had accused the players’ union and the NFL of illegally negotiating terms of a collective bargaining agreement on their behalf . . . The NFL and the players’ union remain at an impasse on HGH testing. NFL lead counsel Jeff Pash told the AP that the World Anti-Doping Agency, which would conduct the testing, “demonstrated to our satisfaction that there is very sound science and very thoughtful testing protocols’’ during a meeting yesterday in Montreal. A person familiar with the talks says the union is not satisfied, however, with WADA’s information on the procedures it uses and the reliability of the blood test.

Decisions due Titans receiver Kenny Britt was back with the team after he had a “very good meeting’’ Tuesday with commissioner Roger Goodell. Britt was summoned to Goodell’s office after two arrests in New Jersey during the lockout and two arrest warrants in Tennessee for inaccurate information on his driver’s license applications. Buccaneers cornerback Aqib Talib also was back with his team after meeting with Goodell about the player’s role in an offseason shooting in Texas.

Croyle signs on The Cardinals shored up their depleted quarterback ranks by signing Brodie Croyle, in the process parting ways with Max Hall. Hall, who partially dislocated his left shoulder in practice Monday, was waived, a move that could lead to an injury settlement with the second-year player. Coach Ken Whisenhunt said that would allow Hall to be re-signed at some point in the season if the team needs him. Kevin Kolb is the starter. The Cardinals also signed veteran punter Dave Zastudil . . . Veteran wide receiver Terrell Owens, who tore his anterior cruciate ligament and had surgery in early April, said his knee is a couple months away from being completely healed and though no team has contacted him, he still expects to play this season. Owens, 37, told the AP, “When I get to the point to where I’m comfortable and able to run around, I’ll feel like those calls should be coming.’’ . . . Plaxico Burress tweaked his lower back in practice Tuesday, but the Jets wide receiver, who made his preseason debut Sunday night, said he’ll play Saturday against the Giants, his former team.

McKinnie a Raven Offensive tackle Bryant McKinnie signed a two-year contract with the Ravens after passing his physical. The Vikings waived McKinnie last month after he reported to camp overweight . . . The Bills signed two free agents, receiver Ruvell Martin and linebacker Kirk Morrison, and were awaiting test results to determine the severity of an ankle injury suffered in practice by rookie first-round draft pick defensive lineman Marcell Dareus . . . Chiefs linebacker Brandon Siler tore an Achilles’ tendon during practice and is the latest on a growing list to sustain the season-ending injury . . . The Cowboys signed cornerback Orlando Scandrick to a five-year extension . . . The Seahawks released defensive lineman Kentwan Balmer . . . Defensive back Jack Butler and offensive lineman Dick Stanfel, members of the NFL’s All-Decade Team for the 1950s, were named by the Pro Football Hall of Fame’s seniors committee as finalists for election into the Class of 2012.

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