Collins comes out of retirement to join Colts

Kerry Collins' said last month that he didn't believe he would get the Brett Favre-type itch to play football again when he announced his retirement.

But on Wednesday, that itch returned and Collins agreed to come out of retirement and join the Indianapolis Colts.

Collins, 38, gives the Colts needed veteran insurance in case star quarterback Peyton Manning is not sufficiently recovered from off-season neck surgery to start the opener.

Manning has made 208 consecutive regular-season starts, the longest current streak among active NFL quarterbacks and second all-time only to Favre. But owner Jim Irsay tweeted a few days ago that the Colts might need to look for veteran help. The next interesting move will be whether the Colts remove Manning from the physically unable to perform list. If they do not, he would miss at least the first six games of the regular season.

Last season with the Titans, Collins reached the 40,000-yard milestone for his NFL career, which began back in 1995 as a first-round pick of the Carolina Panthers. He has 40,441 yards passing in his NFL career with 206 TD passes and 195 interceptions.

Collins is used to this drill. He nearly retired in 2006 but was signed by the Titans after training camp and was their opening day starter that year.

When he met with Titans beat writers to discuss his retirement in July, Collins was asked if he would ever reconsider his decision and come back to the NFL, and twice said, "It's not gonna happen."

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