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Sunday, November 7, 2010
Was Collie play officiated correctly?

By Paul Kuharsky

PHILADELPHIA -- Austin Collie was wheeled off the field, eyes open, but apparently motionless after absorbing a tough hit late in the second quarter of the Colts-Eagles game.

The combo hit on him came from strong safety Quintin Mikell and cornerback Kurt Coleman and was called an incomplete pass.

But it appeared that Collie completed the catch and was protecting the ball as he was hit from the right by Mikell, who was called for unnecessary roughness on a defenseless receiver.

Mikell's hit jolted Collie into Coleman, coming from the left, and their helmets collided.

It was a scary scene as medical personnel and coaches surrounded Collie. Many somber teammates watched from a few yards away on the field on a knee. Bill Polian left his seat in the press box, presumably to go check on things. The team said Collie suffered a concussion but was alert, sitting up in the locker room and had motion.

I thought Collie took a big hit to the head a few plays earlier, too.

Peyton Manning ran to Collie as he was being rolled off the field, orange tape or bands affixing him to a backboard, to say something before returning to action.

Manning then connected on a 33-yard pass to Collie’s replacement, Blair White, setting up Javarris James’ short scoring run.

The Colts got the ball back and managed a 37-yard Adam Vinatieri field goal with three seconds left.

Thoroughly outplayed, they’re up 17-16 at the half.

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