Thursday, September 22, 2011

Might the Steelers Face 3rd-String QB Curtis Painter on Sunday?

Nursing an ailing shoulder, Indianapolis Colts quarterback Kerry Collins had "limited participation" in practice on Wednesday.  Collins almost certainly will play on Sunday, but if he can't play, backup Curtis Painter would be the next QB off the bench.  That should be exciting for Colts fans.

The Indianapolis Star also reports that starting safety Melvin Bullitt -- great name for a safety -- is struggling with a surgically repaired sore shoulder and did not practice on Wednesday.  Bullitt is known historically as a big hitter but missed the last 12 games last season. Last Sunday vs. the Cleveland Browns, Bullitt reportedly allowed at least three tackles slip through his grasp.

Other prominent Colts -- big names all -- who missed practice on Wednesday included tight end Dallas Clark (foot), middle linebacker Gary Brackett, defensive end Dwight Freeney (abdominal) and defensive end Robert Mathis (chest).  Rush linebacker Ernie Sims is ruled out of the game, as is quarterback Peyton Manning, which everybody knows.

Another Day, Another Bengal, Another Police Report
Eight-and-a-half pounds of pot -- EIGHT-AND-A-HALF POUNDS -- reportedly were found by police at at the home of Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver Jerome Simpson, who was "excused" from practice Thursday.  Bengals offensive lineman Anthony Collins also was at the house, along with "packaging materials, scales and smoking devices," according to police. 

“I’ve been apprised of the situation for a few days now,” Cincinnati head coach Marvin Lewis told Sirius Radio, according to the Bengals' own Web site.  “It was at Jerome's house and it's an investigation that's going on.  He's cooperating and doing what he can to help in the investigation."

Uh-huh.  Maybe this is why the Bengals were flying high after winning their fist game of the season last Sunday.  Bengals fans must be very proud.  Again.