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Posted at 03:48 PM ET, 09/06/2012

Colts WR Austin Collie will wear new helmet, could play Sunday against Bears


Andrew Luck could use a reliable target like Austin Collie on Sunday in Chicago. (Mark Duncan - AP)
Austin Collie is well aware of what many Colts and NFL fans alike were thinking when they saw him suffer another concussion last month in Pittsburgh.

It was something along the lines of: “Hang up your helmet and get out of the game before it kills you.”

But the sure-handed veteran receiver is adamant that he can and will return from his third concussion in a 22-month span to provide Indianapolis with another weapon for rookie quarterback Andrew Luck.

“Everyone should have their own opinion,” the 26-year-old told the Indianapolis Star. “But when it all comes down to it, it’s my choice, it’s my wife’s choice, my family’s choice.”

Collie, who did not say whether he expects to play Sunday at Chicago, did reveal that he is changing helmets in order to reduce his chances of sustaining another concussion.

According to the Indianapolis Star, Collie used a helmet designed by racing safety innovator Bill Simpson last season then went back to his Schutt model this preseason. But after his latest concussion on Aug. 19 at Pittsburgh, he’s making the switch to a Xenith model used by former teammate Dallas Clark and safety Tom Zbikowski.

“I tried it before and I really didn’t like it,” Collie said. “But they came out with a new model and I really like it. I talked to Dallas about it and he said he loves it.

“He said he had concussion issues early on his career and he said it’s saved him. Hopefully it can do the same for me.”

On Monday, first-year Colts coach Chuck Pagano declared Collie a “full go” for Sunday after the receiver’s first practice since his latest concussion and said the receiver had “fresh legs, ran all over the place, looked good.”

But Collie said he remains “day to day” and that there is no definite timetable for his return.

In three years in Indy, Collie caught 172 passes for 1,839 yards and 16 touchdowns. He played all 16 games last season but missed seven games in 2010.

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