Colts wide receiver Reggie Wayne has to be happy with this news: After three straight losses with quarterback Kerry Collins in place of the injured Peyton Manning, the Colts will now turn to Curtis Painter to start in Monday night's game at Tampa.
It was Wayne who publicly complained about Collins being anointed the starter when he was signed to a two-year deal. But after three unimpressive starts and continued problems from a concussion, Collins will now take a seat and Painter will be the guy.
Jets fans will remember Painter as the quarterback who unwittingly helped them get into the playoffs in 2009, Rex Ryan's first year with the team. The Colts were 14-0 at the time, and built a 9-3 halftime lead. But first-year coach Jim Caldwell pulled Manning for the start of the second half, replacing him with Painter. The Jets went on to win, 29-15, and eventually qualify for the playoffs.