Todd Collins suffered significant shoulder injury

The attention surrounding Jay Cutler in the aftermath of Chicago’s loss Sunday distracted us from a few questionable decisions from Bears offensive coordinator Mike Martz, from his playcalling late in the game to his handling of his backup quarterbacks.

We at least may have an explanation for why Todd Collins left the game when he did.   NFL Network’s Albert Breer reports that Collins suffered a “significant” shoulder injury in the game.  Collins has an MRI Tuesday to determine if he needs surgery.

This will probably mark the end of Collins’ 16-year career.  He threw five interceptions and no touchdowns in the regular season, which made a lot of folks wonder why he was ahead of Caleb Hanie on the depth chart in the first place.

In the end, the injuries to the Bears quarterbacks actually worked in favor of Chicago.   The way Cutler was playing, we don’t think he could have led them on a comeback like Hanie.   The same goes for Collins.

UPDATE: Breer is backing off his original report.  He says Collins checked out fine on his exit physical and didn’t require an MRI.   It was reportedly a coach’s decision to take him out of the game in favor of Caleb Hanie.

25 responses to “Todd Collins suffered significant shoulder injury

  1. Bears’ Medical Staff: We looked at Cutler’s knee and it looks to be fine.
    Bears’ Coaching Staff: Call it a Grade II sprain.
    Bears’ Medical Staff: Also, Collins is fine, too. He played poorly on his own.
    Bears’ Coaching Staff: He hurt his shoulder. Call it whatever you need to.

  2. Packers knocked Culter and Collins out of the game.

    Hanie should consider himself lucky they only picked him for 6 and to end the game.

  3. “The way Cutler was playing, we don’t think he could have led them on a comeback like Hanie”

    Mmmh, replace Cutler with Sanchez (and Hanie with, umm, Sanchez in the secon half), and guess what you would have said at halftime of Pittsburgh vs. the Jets.

    So, Sanchez turned it up some notches after halftime. Cutler might have done the same.

  4. In light of all the Cutler bashing, one huge, glaring topic hasn’t been talked about. COACHING.

    1. Why was Collins ahead of Hanie, or even still on the roster? He has no arm, no legs, totally worthless. Shows are talent evaluation is still on point (see Curtis Enis, Rashan Saalam, Cade McNown, etc)

    2. Why did we punt TWICE from our own 30? One would have been roughly a 49 yarder for Gould, the other a 53 yarder. I know there was wind, but nothing more than usual. Was there an injury we didn’t know about there??? If you’re not going to kick it, then at least GO FOR IT!!! When you get a touchback, you enjoy a solid net 10 yard punt. Sweet.

    3. WR reverse on 3rd and 3 to the short side of the field when Hanie was actually doing some good? What the hell call was that Martz?

    Those are just 3 coaching points that no one seems to want to address after that loss. Bash Jay, say he’s gay, but the coaching made me say no way. By the bay. Maybe I’ll eat some hay. Or make some clay. Whadda ya say?

  5. greenbaysucks says:
    Bash Jay, say he’s gay, but the coaching made me say no way. By the bay. Maybe I’ll eat some hay. Or make some clay. Whadda ya say?
    —————————————————————-
    Dude, take this crap somewhere else.

    Maybe prosoccertalk.com

  6. Bears coaching staff: Jay Cutler hurt his knee.

    Bears medical staff: In evaluating Jay Cutler’s knee, we can report that Todd Collins hurt his shoulder.

  7. Collins didnt play as bad as the OL did when he was in the game. Every beat pass that he threw either he was in the middle of gettin popped , or his arm was getting smacked cause they just could not protect him.

    Hanie was doin ‘ok’ cause GB was lookin for picks not sacks when he was in the game. the were dropping 7&8 into coverage when they moved to the 3rd string QB. Showing mercy i guess, let the young guy make mistakes.. after they tried to end Collin’s career. Bears couldnt pass protect for nothing.

    & i dont care about cutler coming out of the game for a real injury but his demeanor on the sideline was what i noticed. He pulled the pouting Donovan. & didnt even cheer his team on when they scored or the Defense stepped up.. Like they did all day.

  8. richm2256,
    I’m with you on the greenbaysucks.
    I’m not sure if the guy is trying to be a comedian or what, but he’s about as humorous as a sharp stick in the eye.

  9. I think it’s safe to say the geniuses on that Bears staff would have stuck with Collins if not for the injury. Complete buffoons.

  10. Gregg, who is we?

    The way Cutler was playing, we don’t think he could have led them on a comeback like Hanie.

    Cutler did have a bad first half against the Jets and then come back and throw 3 TDs to lead them to the win, so anything could happen only down 14. But after the injury he had the throws go short on the INT and his short throw in the 3rd, so it obviously affected his accuracy.

  11. Luckily GB’s defense got tired crushing Bear’s QB’s and decided to work on their coverage the rest of the game. Luckily for Hanie.

  12. Right …. The injury will mark the end of his career, not the fact that he can’t do anything more than hold a clip board.

  13. It took two days for a report to come out that Collins suffered a shoulder injury. You could see it plain as day on the television when he took a hard shot from a packer linemans arm coming down on his shoulder. It was his left shoulder. You could see him wince and his arm drop several inches lower than normal. When it happened I said he just separated his shoulder. The Bears lost that game because of coaching and bad O line play. All of greenbaysucks comments were right on.

  14. rockinsays:
    Jan 25, 2011 10:20 AM
    Gregg, who is we?

    The way Cutler was playing, we don’t think he could have led them on a comeback like Hanie.

    Cutler did have a bad first half against the Jets and then come back and throw 3 TDs to lead them to the win, so anything could happen only down 14. But after the injury he had the throws go short on the INT and his short throw in the 3rd, so it obviously affected his accuracy.

    So are you saying Cutler was hurt last game too when he could only muster 3 points and had terrible picks in that game also? In 6 quarters he led the team to 3 pts and you are trying to convince people he could have brought them back to a win. Man you are delusional! Poor misguided Bear fan.

  15. Removed my comment again for posting the stats showing that Rodgers did nothing in the 2nd half of this game?

    Really cranking up the PR machine for Aaron Rodgers eh?

  16. So one half of a game at QB decides how you are going to play in the other half?
    Really?

    What did Aaron Rodgers do in the 2nd half of that game?
    88 yards passing and a red zone pick.
    He finished 17 of 30, 244 yards, 2 INTs, 55.4 rating for the game.
    Is that supposed to be a game for the ages or something?
    What did the Packers offense do as a whole in the 2nd half?
    16 yards rushing, converted 1 of 8 on 3rd down and zero points on the board.

    This is a dominating performance?
    Win by 7 over a team without their starting QB and they are the greatest thing since Jessica Alba in a G-String?
    Please.

  17. Sadly not only would Collins went back in the game the not so good.. in fact very bad Bears coaching staff would still play Collins today over Hanie.

    There is no point in being a Bears fan as long as Sleepy Smith is still trying to coach them.

  18. gbmickey says:
    So are you saying Cutler was hurt last game too when he could only muster 3 points and had terrible picks in that game also? In 6 quarters he led the team to 3 pts and you are trying to convince people he could have brought them back to a win. Man you are delusional! Poor misguided Bear fan.

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    Even though he had a bad first half, there were open WR that he missed. So plays could have been made in the 2nd half. Woodson could whiff on another tackle for a TD. Rodgers could throw a pick in the red zone that Urlacher actually runs back and not get tripped by BW3 sprinkler head. Hester could take one to the house. Lots of things could happen. Cutler could have thrown 3 INT, or 3 TD. But the game wasn’t over at half. Hanie wasn’t “great”. He made some plays, but he didn’t set the bar too high. Take away 2 wasted drives with Collins and yes, anything could have happened with a healthy Cutler in the 2nd half.

    But I guess if GB ever gets down by 2 TDs they will just forfeit the game right there. Good to know. Also, tell Pitt they aren’t in the SB because they were down 24-7 or whatever at half, so it was over and Baltimore won.

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