Colts make it official: Collie, Freeney won't be back

Friday , February 15, 2013 - 6:13 PM

The Associated Press

INDIANAPOLIS — The Indianapolis Colts said Friday they will not re-sign former league sacks champion Dwight Freeney or oft-injured receiver Austin Collie.

Both will become unrestricted free agents next month.

Collie, the former BYU standout, just couldn’t stay healthy. He wound up on season-ending injured reserve in September with a ruptured patellar tendon in his right knee and there were continual concerns about a series of concussions he had.

Freeney, Indy’s career sacks leader, turns 33 next week. His sacks totals declined for a third straight year in 2012, this time after moving from defensive end to outside linebacker.

Team owner Jim Irsay said in a statement that few players had more impact on the Colts’ success than Freeney, who Irsay calls an “artist” and a “joy to watch.”

A series of concussions ended Collie's 2011 season and plagued the early part of the 2012 season, too. Some even debated whether the Colts should cut Collie to keep him safe.

He thanked the fans on his Twitter page.

“Sad day for me and my fam. It was a g8 4 yrs,” Collie wrote. “Can’t thnk u all enough 4 ur hospitality and support. Blessed to have been a part of this org.”

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