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Colts work out Dan Orlovsky, Brodie Croyle

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Fear not, Colts fans: Help may be on the way at quarterback.

The Indianapolis Star reports that the Colts are working out former Lions quarterback Dan Orlovsky and former Chiefs quarterback Brodie Croyle today and may sign one of them this week.

For the Colts, the need to add a quarterback is pressing because Kerry Collins may not be able to go on Monday night at Tampa Bay after having what is being described as “concussion-like symptoms.” If Collins is out, Curtis Painter would be the only quarterback available for Monday night.

But 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. The Colts have plenty of problems elsewhere and can use all the manpower they can get.

Peyton Manning is continuing to take up a roster spot even though it seems extremely unlikely that he will play this year.

Orlovsky would seem to be the better fit as a short-term stopgap while Collins recovers because he already knows the Colts’ offense, having spent training camp with the team.

Whether they sign Orlovsky or Croyle, either one would seem to fit right in with the 0-3 Colts: Orlovsky’s career record as a starter is 0-7, and Croyle’s career record as a starter is 0-10.

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64 Responses to “Colts work out Dan Orlovsky, Brodie Croyle”
  1. scoops1 says: Sep 27, 2011 12:35 PM

    Jeff George on Line 1…and 2..and 3,4,5,

  2. pnut87 says: Sep 27, 2011 12:37 PM

    Wow, they REALLY don’t like Curtis Painter…

  3. billinva says: Sep 27, 2011 12:39 PM

    Movin on up
    To the least side

  4. cmr123 says: Sep 27, 2011 12:39 PM

    JUST HEARD ON ESPN 2

    IT IS VINNNNNNNNNNNNNY
    TESTERVEEEERRRRRRRRDDDDDDDDDDDDEEEEEEEEEEEE.

  5. qdog112 says: Sep 27, 2011 12:42 PM

    Dave Garrard is scratching his head.

  6. Topher says: Sep 27, 2011 12:43 PM

    The scuttlebutt around town is that Collins isn’t so injured and the Colts are trying to let Chris Polian save face. If another quarterback signed it wouldn’t surprise to see Collins placed on IR and then cut with an injury settlement allowing all parties a chance to save face.

  7. tampajoey says: Sep 27, 2011 12:43 PM

    I’m a Bucs fan and I feel sorry for the Colts. The improving young Bucs defense is going to make it brutal for Curtis Painter.

  8. scoops1 says: Sep 27, 2011 12:44 PM

    Curtis Painter is Flabergasted

  9. jakek2 says: Sep 27, 2011 12:44 PM

    Irsay is a genius. He’s doing all the right things to make Colts fans think he is trying to win. Meanwhile, he’s clearly positioning the team to “Suck for Luck”. If he truly wanted to win games, he’d have signed Garrard weeks ago.

  10. londonfletcher says: Sep 27, 2011 12:45 PM

    “Whether they sign Orlovsky or Croyle, either one would seem to fit right in with the 0-3 Colts: Orlovsky’s career record as a starter is 0-7, and Croyle’s career record as a starter is 0-10.”

    Seems like they’re on the right track…

    Favre Watch!

  11. jimbobobjr says: Sep 27, 2011 12:46 PM

    Whew! That solves everything!

  12. buckybadger says: Sep 27, 2011 12:46 PM

    Colts never worried about their back up spot and now it is biting them in the but. You should be always looking to develop the next guy. If he becomes good you can trade him or at least you start to look like a place people want to go to learn. The Colts where always content having someone who is really only good enough to hold the clipboard. Having Sorgi all those years was a waste. Even as a Badger fan I knew he was never NFL material. Even when the Packers had Favre they where always looking for a good QB. From Brunell to Flynn they always had a competent back up.

  13. londonfletcher says: Sep 27, 2011 12:47 PM

    Btw, will somebody please show the Colts front office that picture of Orlovsky? They’ll need help making up their minds.

  14. egetto says: Sep 27, 2011 12:47 PM

    So Jag haters, explain again why the Jags were so stupid and shortsighted to cut David Garrard. Oh wait, you just regurgitate what you hear in the national media

  15. p01ntman says: Sep 27, 2011 12:49 PM

    If they need to save $ why not go for Daunte Culpepper ? OR If they Don’t need to save $ and Manning will be done with football (this or next year) why not Carson Palmer?

    I Just don’t understand why Teams who need QB’s don’t look at these two.

    Preemptive rebuttal: Oh Yes you can get Palmer…. if you make the right deal!

  16. rugdog100 says: Sep 27, 2011 12:50 PM

    How about Brooks Bollinger?

  17. londonfletcher says: Sep 27, 2011 12:50 PM

    “Irsay is a genius. He’s doing all the right things to make Colts fans think he is trying to win. Meanwhile, he’s clearly positioning the team to “Suck for Luck”. ”

    Manning’s not even really hurt. They’re throwing this season so Peyton can take Luck under his wing for a couple years so by the time he’s 28, he’ll just be a friggin football Jedi.

  18. AlanSaysYo says: Sep 27, 2011 12:52 PM

    What about Nate Davis? The Colts look like Ball State right now, so might as well.

  19. p01ntman says: Sep 27, 2011 12:52 PM

    p.s. There is also Joe Web AKA mini S.Young.

    Yes bold statement I know.

  20. redrifle14 says: Sep 27, 2011 12:56 PM

    Brining in 2 QB’s with losing records in turn is a “no confidence vote” on painter

  21. tombradysponytail says: Sep 27, 2011 12:57 PM

    I think that money might be better spent on Stanford football tickets…

  22. pacificamjr says: Sep 27, 2011 12:58 PM

    if the colts were smart theyd bring in Daunte and Mossssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssss

    GET YOUR ROLL ON YALL!

  23. southpaw2k says: Sep 27, 2011 12:59 PM

    I guess JaMarcus Russell didn’t return their calls.

  24. groundpounder95 says: Sep 27, 2011 12:59 PM

    Isnt Orlovsky the name of a cheap vodka?

  25. canadianvikingfaniii says: Sep 27, 2011 1:02 PM

    What ever happened to Jim Sorgi?

  26. kingmj4891 says: Sep 27, 2011 1:02 PM

    Always liked Orlovsky when he was with the Lions even after the Safety mishap. However liking the guy does not mean I think he can play. Indy should work out a trade for Carson Palmer ASAP. Even if it cost them two second round picks they can then trade him when Manning is healthy for at least a third.

  27. gtrav says: Sep 27, 2011 1:03 PM

    Flutie! Flutie! Flutie!
    (I’d root for the Colts for the first time since…ever)

  28. lionfan419 says: Sep 27, 2011 1:05 PM

    as a lions fan and being biased, i cant beleive they arent trying to get shaun hill or drew stanton. Both are good qb’s!

  29. mataug says: Sep 27, 2011 1:10 PM

    you know who sounds like a good option now ? Tyler Thigpen(think he’s with the Bills now). I believe the Colts could have really used him. I think he would have done much better with all the offensive weapons they have(Dallas, Garcon, Collie, Wayne, Addai).
    Losing Manning also means losing the good years of Clark, Wayne, Freeney and Mathis.

  30. favreforever says: Sep 27, 2011 1:11 PM

    Collins has “concussion like symptoms”. His eyes don’t focus properly, his speech is slurred, he has trouble with balance and judgement. He also talks overly loudly, uses profanity, makes bad jokes, and tries to pick up the bar maid. Then someone sends him home in a cab.

  31. mlenenski says: Sep 27, 2011 1:14 PM

    Tim Tebow would do well in Indy. And who would care if they won or not. It would be a blast…and the media would love it. Tebow could start every game until Manning gets back.

    Would be the same atmosphere as the Cam Newton phenomenon in Carolina now that Fox isn’t there to try and get Jake back on the field.

  32. blackandtealforeal says: Sep 27, 2011 1:17 PM

    They are obviously tanking it for the year. At least Garrard is consistent and has won some games. He would be good for the year. We were ready to see him go in Jax so they would start the rookie.
    Makes me think they are getting ready to send Peyton down the road when he comes back. Who knows what is in their mind. They gave the guy all that cash and it blew up in their faces. Who’s willing to give up their first round pick for Peyton and his salary?
    Talk about a team built around only one player!
    Tanking it to get Luck.

  33. twigsandberries says: Sep 27, 2011 1:17 PM

    aahh..love that picture. Orvlosky has no idea he’s in the first row of the seats…

  34. humbleminded85 says: Sep 27, 2011 1:23 PM

    14 years of getting away with a below average team is ova fellas. Now your option in week 3 of an NFL season is to work out a guy who will forever be known as that idiot QB who ran out of his own endzone… Yet some say Polian is one of the best….HA!

  35. terripet says: Sep 27, 2011 1:34 PM

    does not matter these 2 both stink. the season is over. The defense played pretty good against the Steelers. Lacey needs to go to the bench.

  36. antalicus says: Sep 27, 2011 1:35 PM

    They really should just give Jeff George a call so we can have some sort of entertainment from watching the colts.

  37. NFLJunkie says: Sep 27, 2011 1:35 PM

    Wow, they REALLY don’t like Curtis Painter…

    If they’re signing a QB it’s probably just to have SOMEONE in uniform besides Painter who has actually played QB, if Collins can’t go this week.

    But they really must not like Orlovsky if they already kind of know him and Brodie Croyle’s name still came up anyway. Ouch!

  38. terripet says: Sep 27, 2011 1:35 PM

    Give the Bengals a 2 this year and next year for Palmer

  39. kevpft says: Sep 27, 2011 1:40 PM

    So not having a proper backup ready, and bringing someone out of retirement to start after only 17 days, isn’t working?

    The people I feel bad for are Collins (who deserved better than this thankless task) and Painter (who never should have been in the role if management didn’t have confidence in him, and who doesn’t deserve the humiliation of the team working out such mediocre QBs).

    Also, all the other players on the team who work hard but can’t turn the tide of unpreparedness that the team has been left in by its management. We’re now seeing that player acquisition, player development, and coaching is a disaster on this team.

    That Manning has led this team to so many winning & playoff seasons now looks like so much more of an achievement. Whatever faults he may have, he’s taken a humble team to high places.

    What would be karma for this team’s management? Maybe just missing out on the race for Luck and having Manning leave to coach the Texans… :)

  40. maddenisfordorks says: Sep 27, 2011 1:43 PM

    David Garrard is still unemployed.

    What does THAT tell you?

    And he ain’t laughing … soon he’ll have to sell the yacht, the mansion, cars … BANKRUPTCY BABY!!

  41. MCxShow says: Sep 27, 2011 1:45 PM

    Let’s see what Brett Favre can do

  42. fatguystrangler says: Sep 27, 2011 1:50 PM

    What about Max Hall? He was all the rage for about 5 minutes. Or, they may as well just elevate Mike Hartline from the practice squad.

    Honestly, this QB situation is really an ugly one, right now. Ugh…

  43. Deb says: Sep 27, 2011 1:57 PM

    I’d love to see Croyle get another opportunity, but don’t see why Gabbart is sitting at home.

  44. thetooloftools says: Sep 27, 2011 1:58 PM

    BANG BANG BANG … “Jeff George here… what about me”?

  45. winkeroni says: Sep 27, 2011 2:01 PM

    It would be entertaining for a couple of minutes if Polian would do his best Snyder impression.

  46. NFLJunkie says: Sep 27, 2011 2:09 PM

    The people I feel bad for are Collins (who deserved better than this thankless task)…

    I’m sure the $4M will ease his pain.

  47. Mr. Wright 212 says: Sep 27, 2011 2:10 PM

    Painter is a joke.
    Collins with 30 pass attempts for 92 yards, an even BIGGER joke.
    Orlovsky and CROYLE? DEAR GOD.

  48. august589 says: Sep 27, 2011 2:15 PM

    Gabbert, in case you hadn’t noticed, is starting for the Jags–it’s Garrard who’s sitting. And I agree with those who are puzzled that the Colts aren’t going after him. Max Hall is on the Cards IR with a shoulder problem and is out for the season. No one’s going to swing a deal for Carson Palmer because Mike Brown (Bengals GM) is too stubborn to do it. I bet Brady Quinn could be had for a song and, yes, Culpepper could be a stop-gap. And, by the way, wasn’t Polian in Hattiesburg, Mississippi about a month ago?….

  49. wallacejay says: Sep 27, 2011 2:25 PM

    canadianvikingfaniii says: Sep 27, 2011 1:02 PM
    What ever happened to Jim Sorgi?
    ————————————–
    He felt he had done all he could as Peyton’s backup, so now he’s moved on to young Eli in NY.

  50. sj39 says: Sep 27, 2011 2:25 PM

    Just bring in Farve and get on with it!

  51. killxswitch says: Sep 27, 2011 2:53 PM

    Topher says: Sep 27, 2011 12:43 PM

    The scuttlebutt around town is that Collins isn’t so injured and the Colts are trying to let Chris Polian save face. If another quarterback signed it wouldn’t surprise to see Collins placed on IR and then cut with an injury settlement allowing all parties a chance to save face.
    ——

    It has nothing to do with Chris. Bringing Collins in was an Uncle Bill move. Bill has regained control of the front office. I don’t even know what Chris does now.

  52. killxswitch says: Sep 27, 2011 3:01 PM

    To those wondering why they don’t go get Garrard or Palmer or Favre or whoever, the team paid Collins $4 million and went 0-3. They didn’t have a ton of cap space as it was, Collins was a last minute hail mary. Garrard and Favre would want starter money, Palmer would cost picks AND he’s owed something like $11 million this year. They’re not going to bring in a high-priced QB that will take 3+ games to really know the system or develop chemistry with the receivers.

    The season is over. Time to evaluate what talent is (and isn’t) there and hopefully clean house in the coaching staff and front office.

  53. croghan1919 says: Sep 27, 2011 3:23 PM

    “southpaw2k says:
    Sep 27, 2011 12:59 PM

    I guess JaMarcus Russell didn’t return their calls.”

    He’s busy trying to finish off $30 mil worth of cannoli’s.

  54. tjonz06 says: Sep 27, 2011 4:22 PM

    How could a front office be so ill prepared? For God’s sake it’s football. I know Payton seemed like he was super human, but the fact is that you are just one play away from being out of the league on every snap.

  55. richm2256 says: Sep 27, 2011 4:41 PM

    How in God’s name are they not bringing back Jim Sorgi RIGHT NOW???

    The guy knows the Colts system inside and out, he isn’t that far removed from the Colts, he’s a free agent, and his shoulder has got to feel better after a year out?

    This guy has scored with the Colts offense, and has GOT to be a better choice than these other two schmucks.

  56. yem123 says: Sep 27, 2011 4:42 PM

    84 year old Y.A. Tittle is a better option than Brodie Croyle.

  57. rando74 says: Sep 27, 2011 4:54 PM

    Go get Tebow.

  58. schmitty2 says: Sep 27, 2011 5:38 PM

    Say what you want about about Painter but I bet he knows endzones are 10 yards long and not 13 like good ol Dan

  59. mrfrostyj says: Sep 27, 2011 5:57 PM

    Has it been THAT long since Colts fans have had to figure out a QB depth chart? With the “Talent” they’re evaluating it means that Painter will start if Collins can’t and they’re looking for Painters backup.

    Cleveland had to do this in 08 when Derek Anderson who was #2 on the depth chart but starting because #1 Brady Quinn was on IR, went down (coincidentally after a game against Indy)and 3rd stringer Ken Dorsey had to start the next game. Basically they had to go into the “not good enough for any NFL teams that year” pile to get Bruce Gradkowski to back up Dorsey. Like Dorsey, Painter is the #3 QB on the depth chart which means there is no one behind him in case he gets hurt. That’s where indy is now.

  60. barneyrumble says: Sep 27, 2011 5:57 PM

    terripet says:
    Sep 27, 2011 1:35 PM
    Give the Bengals a 2 this year and next year for Palmer

    Just what I was going to say only I am five hours late. If Colts want to win this year, they need a real qb, and he is not in the Painter, Collins, yada, yada, yada. Mix. If you want to lose and go for Oliver Luck’s boy and the next Peyton, then go with Deer in the Headlights Painter.

  61. Deb says: Sep 27, 2011 7:08 PM

    @august589 … my original comment discussed Garrard, but my words are being restricted on this thread and something was lost in translation.

  62. backindasaddle says: Sep 27, 2011 7:43 PM

    Manning made certain he signed his big fat new contract before he let on how bad his neck was.

  63. MichaelEdits says: Sep 27, 2011 9:43 PM

    Jim Sorgi?

    Seriously, I hear Carson Palmer’s available.

  64. gobucs02 says: Sep 29, 2011 7:35 AM

    Possibly signing two winless quarterbacks will give them plenty of help.

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