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Colts tab QB Painter to start against Bucs

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INDIANAPOLIS — No Peyton Manning. Now no Kerry Collins. That leaves quarterback Curtis Painter, who will make his first NFL start when the Colts visit the Bucs on Monday night.

Collins is recovering after suffering concussionlike symptoms Sunday against Pittsburgh. And with Manning (neck) likely out until at least December, the Colts have turned to Painter.

"You can really only get one ready, just in terms of the amount of time you have and the time you get on the field," Colts coach Jim Caldwell said Friday. "It's very difficult to get two guys prepared to play a ball game. He's (Painter) getting all of the work, and I think he'll benefit from that."

Caldwell said Painter is looking forward to the opportunity.

"He's pretty excited about that; there's no question about it," Caldwell said. "You can see it. He's always pretty levelheaded, never too high, never too low, but you can certainly see the focus and intensity in his eyes."

Caldwell said Collins will be evaluated today.

Meanwhile, the league fined Steelers linebacker James Farrior $15,000 for hitting Collins, even though Farrior wasn't penalized.

Pryor's suspension upheld by Goodell

NEW YORK — Terrelle Pryor's five-game suspension was upheld by commissioner Roger Goodell.

The Raiders rookie quarterback had appealed the punishment, which was related to NCAA violations he committed while at Ohio State. Pryor entered the supplemental draft instead of serving a five-game ban with the Buckeyes after being involved in a cash-for-memorablia scandal that has put Ohio State under NCAA investigation.

"This smacks of a calculated effort to manipulate our eligibility rules in a way that undermines the integrity of, and public confidence in, those rules," Goodell said.

Pryor can be activated after the game at Houston on Oct. 9.

Cowboys: Receiver Dez Bryant (thigh) is questionable for Sunday against the Lions after missing a second straight day of practice, and quarterback Tony Romo (cracked rib) was limited in practice but expects to play.

49ers: Running back Frank Gore (ankle) is expected to play against the Eagles on Sunday.

Jets: All-Pro center Nick Mangold (high right ankle sprain) will be a game-time decision against the Ravens on Sunday.

Packers: Running back Ryan Grant (bruised kidney) and right tackle Bryan Bulaga (sprained, bruised left knee) won't play Sunday against the Broncos.

Colts tab QB Painter to start against Bucs 09/30/11 [Last modified: Friday, September 30, 2011 11:07pm]
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