The NFL Network is reporting that backup quarterback Todd Collins left Sunday's loss against the Packers because of a shoulder injury and will undergo an MRI today, although when I asked Collins point-blank after the game whether he had left because of an injury, the veteran denied it.
"They just made a switch," Collins told me. "It was a coach's decision."
Collins left the game after being hit by Packers nose tackle B.J. Raji late in the third quarter. He failed to complete a pass in four attempts during two possessions.
The decision to put third-stringer Caleb Hanie in the game with 57 seconds left in the third quarter was strange because it meant that neither starter Jay Cutler nor Collins could re-enter the game. That means that if Hanie had been hurt, Earl Bennett or Matt Forte would've likely been pressed into duty as an emergency quarterback.
It was that decision that made me ask Collins whether he was injured, since logic suggests it would be wiser to run a running play with Collins, let the third-quarter expire and then insert Hanie into the game, which would've allowed the Bears to go back to Collins in an emergency.
The NFL Network is reporting that Collins will undergo an MRI today to determine the severity of the injury.
Anyway, either Collins looked me right in the eye and lied or the report is erroneous.