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.