Although Bears' backup quarterback Todd Collins has a sore back and shoulder as a result of his brief stint in Sunday's 21-14 loss to the Packers in the NFC Championship game, a source close to the veteran quarterback said he could have continued playing and his removal from the game was a coach's decision.
The source, who spoke with Collins on Tuesday, said the 16-year veteran passed his season-ending physical with the team.
The NFL Network has reported that Collins left Sunday's game with a shoulder injury and was planning to undergo an MRI to determine the severity of the injury today.
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.
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.