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Report: Colts sign Dan Orlovsky as backup QB

Posted on: September 27, 2011 5:57 pm
Edited on: September 27, 2011 6:01 pm
Dan Orlovsky reportedly rejoins the Colts. (Getty Images)
Posted by Ryan Wilson

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'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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Since: Nov 19, 2011
Posted on: December 25, 2011 6:39 am

Report: Colts sign Dan Orlovsky as backup QB

Superior weblog, intriguing knowledge.

Since: Nov 28, 2011
Posted on: November 28, 2011 2:31 pm
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Since: Oct 21, 2011
Posted on: October 23, 2011 11:02 am
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Since: Aug 16, 2011
Posted on: September 28, 2011 2:12 pm

Calls for Carson Palmer

ChargersFanInSD wrote:

Where are the calls for Carson Palmer?

The answer is simple:  Carson Palmer is a great QB.  He's a long-term solution for a team and the Colts only need a short-term solution.  Peyton will be back next year and it would be a waste of Palmer's tallent for him to be Manning's back-up.

I think that Manning and Palmer will both be back next year - just on different teams.  Palmer will be a catch for whoever he ends up with.

Since: Sep 27, 2006
Posted on: September 28, 2011 10:46 am

Report: Colts sign Dan Orlovsky as backup QB

I mean, seriously, what better way to stick it to a hated division rival in Jacksonville than to sign their former QB who you had trouble against when you played them and have him single handedly turn your squad from a doormat (and that's what the Colts are at the moment......Let's not kid ourselves here) to a playoff team??!! WHAT ARE THE COLTS THINKING??

Since: Sep 27, 2006
Posted on: September 28, 2011 10:38 am

Report: Colts sign Dan Orlovsky as backup QB

3 Words: David Douglas Garrard!

Since: Aug 4, 2010
Posted on: September 28, 2011 10:07 am

Report: Colts sign Dan Orlovsky as backup QB

So when will the Colts finally give Jeff George a call?

Since: Dec 1, 2008
Posted on: September 28, 2011 9:22 am

Report: Colts sign Dan Orlovsky as backup QB

Garrard doesn't have a job because his asking price is too high.  He's a stop-gap / backup option, yet I'm sure his agent is talking about getting starter money for his services. 

Since: Oct 11, 2006
Posted on: September 28, 2011 8:25 am

Report: Colts sign Dan Orlovsky as backup QB

How does David Garrard not have a job yet? He's better than at least five starters in the game today. And why not trade for another team's backup? You could go big-name, no production, with Leinart or Brady Quinn, or you could go for a guy who is supposedly pretty good but just never quite breaks through, like Joe Webb or Brian Hoyer. Heck, I'd take Joey Harrington and David Carr over these stiffs. The Carson Palmer trade is the most obvious, but the Bengals are really asking a lot for a guy who won't play for them.

Since: Sep 26, 2011
Posted on: September 28, 2011 7:34 am
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