INDIANAPOLIS, IN - SEPTEMBER 25: Curtis Painter #7 of the Indianapolis Colts looks to pass against the Pittsburgh Steelers at Lucas Oil Stadium on September 25, 2011 in Indianapolis, Indiana. The Steelers won 23-20. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)

Colts Turn To Curtis Painter As Their Starting Quarterback

Colts QB Kerry Collins missed practice this week with an injury meaning Curtis Painter will be stepping in as the Colts starter for Monday Night Football.

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Curtis Painter Starting For Colts On Monday Night Football

As expected the Indianapolis Colts starting quarterback on Monday Night Football will be Curtis Painter. It's his first career start since the Colts selected him in the sixth round of the 2009 NFL draft so all eyes will be on him.

Colts coach Jim Caldwell confirmed the move on Friday. The Colts are playing the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Monday Night Football in Week 4.

Painter enters the starting job after Kerry Collins went down with an injury last week. It became evident Collins may not be able to play earlier this week when the Colts signed Dan Orlovsky, who will back up Painter.

Painter's been playing on the same team as Peyton Manning since 2009 so his experience is obviously limited. For his career, he has completed 13-of-33 passes for 143 yards, two interceptions and no touchdowns. That experience has some Colts fans a little worried about Monday's game.

Check out SB Nation's Stampede Blue for more on the official decision on Painter.

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Curtis Painter Could Get Starting Nod For Colts With Kerry Collins' Injury

The drama of the Indianapolis Colts quarterback situation continues as the team is reportedly preparing Curtis Painter to start Monday night's game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Kerry Collins, who was signed over the offseason with Peyton Manning's status in doubt, suffered an injury last week against the Pittsburgh Steelers and missed practice again on Thursday.

That means the team could be preparing for the Bucs game with Painter as their starter. Considering the Colts have had one of the greatest quarterbacks in history over the last 13 years, this is quite a step down.

Painter entered the Steelers game in relief last week completing 5-of-11 passes for 60 yards. Last season Painter had just eight completions on 28 attempts for 83 yards. Experience certainly isn't his strong suit. 

The Colts signed Collins to a deal that will pay him $4 million this year so they clearly thought he could play significant snaps. The team brought back Dan Orlovsky this week, which is another sign that Collins could be sitting on Monday.

SB Nation's Stampede Blue has been highly critical of Painter and even suggests starting Orlovsky this week

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With Kerry Collins' Status Unclear, Dan Orlovsky Rejoins Colts, According To Report

The Colts bring back quarterback Dan Orlovsky after Kerry Collins injury on Sunday Night Football.

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Kerry Collins Injury: Concussion Sidelines Colts QB; That's Curtis Painter's Music

The Kerry Collins experiment is over for now. Collins is on the sideline after reportedly suffering a concussion, giving way to backup quarterback Curtis Painter in the fourth quarter. Collins was brought in to be the Indianapolis Colts' veteran presence with Peyton Manning on the shelf, but has struggled throughout the first two-plus games of the season.

The Colts have hung with the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday Night Football, thanks in large part to a Jamaal Anderson touchdown off a Ben Roethlisberger fumble in the first half. On the offensive side of the ball, things haven't gone so well, with Indianapolis settling for two field goals. Collins had completed 13 of 29 passes for just 73 yards in three quarters of play.

Get ready for the Painter experiment, Indianapolis!

For more on the Steelers head over to Behind The Steel Curtain. For more on the Colts, check out Stampede Blue. Follow the rest of Week 3 at SB Nation NFL.

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