|Dan Orlovsky reportedly rejoins the Colts. (Getty Images)|
It's not everyday that a team signing a backup quarterback off the street three weeks into the regular season is deemed newsworthy. But 2011 has been anything but typical for the Colts. Peyton Manning has yet to take a snap (and he very well might not) as he recovers from neck surgery.
The team signed recently retired Kerry Collins off his couch to fill in indefinitely. With just a few weeks to learn a new offense with new personnel, the results have been predictably disastrous. Making matters worse: Collins suffered concussion-like symptoms against the Steelers on Sunday night. Depending on his availability, Indianapolis could face the Buccaneers with just one healthy quarterback on the roster: Curtis Painter.
Which is why the team put veteran free agents Dan Orlovsky and Brodie Croyle through the paces Tuesday.
According to the Indianapolis Star, the Colts settled on Orlovsky, who was with the team during preseason when he completed 25-of-54 passes for 386 yards with three touchdowns and three interceptions.
The Star cites "a source with knowledge of the situation" because the Colts have made no official announcement, nor was it immediately known how the team made room for Orlovsky on the active roster.
|We would like to take this opportunity to point out the many wig-tastic looks of Curtis Painter. (Getty Images)|
Which brings us to something PFT.com's Michael David Smith made note of earlier Tuesday. Specifically, the organization's decision to keep Manning on the active roster even though he might not play see the field again until 2012.
"While the Colts don’t want to go into Monday night’s game with Painter as their only healthy quarterback, they also may need to ask themselves whether it really makes sense to have quarterbacks take up four places on the 53-man roster," Smith wrote. "The Colts have plenty of problems elsewhere and can use all the manpower they can get."
The Colts are 0-3 for the first time since 1998, Manning's rookie year. Whatever the roster breakdwon, Indy's best offense might be its defense. Robert Mathis and Dwight Freeney sacked Ben Roethlisberger three times Sunday and forced two fumbles that led to 10 points.
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