Painter looks to be Colts starter vs. Bucs

The very thing that the Indianapolis Colts had feared when it came to losing Peyton Manning and then signing Kerry Collins is coming to fruition Monday night in Tampa Bay.

Curtis Painter will be the starter for the Colts against the Buccaneers, according to the Associated Press.

Painter, in his third season out of Purdue, has seen very little action in his time with the Colts, playing behind Manning, who made 208 consecutive regular season starts before his latest neck procedure sidelined him indefinitely.

After Painter and Dan Orlovsky, who was re-signed earlier this week, struggled in preseason and it became clear that Manning was going to miss extensive time, the Colts opted to bring Collins out of retirement.

The Colts, 0-3, then lost Collins in Sunday night's loss to Pittsburgh with Painter coming in in relief and directing a short-lived game-tying drive.

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