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Indianapolis Colts wide receiver Austin Collie intends to resume his NFL career, but whether that happens Sunday in the season opener in Chicago remains to be seen.
Collie told reporters Thursday no decision has been made on his return after suffering a concussion during the preseason. He has been performing well in practices, coaches said.
“There is no definite timetable,” Collie said. “So right now we are just taking it day-by-day and the first step was to get back out there and practice again and that's what I'm doing and I feel good.”
Collie has suffered either three or four concussions with the Colts, including two severe ones during the 2010 season.
He said he has switched to a different type of helmet, produced by Xenith, using it on the recommendation of former Colts tight end Dallas Clark. Clark, now with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, also had some concussion issues early in his Colts' career.
Some have suggested Collie consider early retirement because of the publicity surrounding players who have suffered long-term problems possibly related to concussions.
Collie said he understands the ramifications of resuming his career.
“Everybody in this locker room thinks about what's going to happen long-term, whether you've had concussions or whether you've had major knee surgeries or what not,” Collie said. “It's part of the game and that's a sacrifice that I think we all knew we were going to make coming into the NFL. When we do get older, there are going to be some aches and some pains.”
Collie said he understands people look at head injuries as a more troubling possibility. But he also said the decision rests ultimately with Collie and his wife and family.
“People are going to have their opinion,” Collie said. “People are going to have basically an idea of what I should do and what my family should say or how they should intervene or how the coaches should intervene or how the organization should intervene, and that's fine. Everyone should have their own opinion but when it all comes down to it, it's my choice, it's my wife's choice, it's my family's choice, so that's it.”