Painter remains starter, Addai unlikely to play for Colts


Kerry Collins is not returning to the Colts starting lineup any time soon, regardless of his health.

Colts coach Jim Caldwell seemed to make that clear Thursday when asked about Collins, according to Philip B. Wilson of the Indianapolis Star.  Curtis Painter is The Guy in Indianapolis indefinitely.

Painter, who has looked increasingly competent behind center, will likely be handing off to a different starting running back this week. Joseph Addai is considered unlikely to play because of his hamstring injury.  Delone Carter and Donald Brown will split the workload, with Brown taking more passing downs.

Addai admitted Thursday he was a long shot to play. The team added Darren Evans to the active roster, which is a clear sign the team doesn’t expect Addai to be ready.