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Thursday, September 29, 2011
Bucs could be facing Curtis Painter

By Pat Yasinskas

It looks like the Tampa Bay Buccaneers are catching yet another break for their Monday night game with Indianapolis.

Quarterback Kerry Collins has yet to practice this week and is dealing with concussion-like symptoms. The Colts are preparing as if Curtis Painter will be the starter and that’s good news for the Buccaneers.

Painter, a third-year pro, has appeared in only three NFL games. One of those came last week against Pittsburgh after Collins had to leave the game and Painter completed five of 11 passes for 60 yards, was sacked once and lost a fumble.

For his career, Painter has completed 13 of 39 passes for 143 yards. He’s thrown two interceptions and has a 23.8 career passer rating. Painter has not thrown a touchdown pass in the NFL.

The Bucs caught their first break when Manning had a neck injury, which reportedly could keep him out until November or December, and the Colts were forced to coax Collins out of retirement. The Colts went out and signed career backup Dan Orlovsky on Wednesday.