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Redskins work out Austin Collie despite career plagued with injuries

By on 4/11/2014 10:00:00 AM

The Washington Redskins have been active in free agency in regards to signing wide receivers. However, it seems as though they are still hunting, as former Indianapolis Colts and New England Patriots wide receiver, Austin Collie, has reportedly been working out at Redskins Park, according to National Football Post.  Collie has been sidelined for years with multiple injuries.

With the Redskins re-signing receivers Santana Moss, Arizona's Andre Roberts, and most recently the acquisition of former Eagles receiver DeSean Jackson, one may question their sudden interest in the injury-prone Collie. 

Pro Football Talk tweeted about Collie visiting the Redskins:
Collie was picked in the fourth round of the 2009 NFL Draft by the Indianapolis Colts from Brigham Young University. In his rookie year he played a full season and posted 676 yards with seven touchdowns.  After his first year as a Colt, things began to go south.

In 2010 Collie played in just nine games, suffering from hand and foot injuries, and was eventually placed on the injured reserve list after being diagnosed with a severe concussion.  Bouncing back in 2011, Collie played a full season in Indianapolis and seemed like he was on the right track, totalling 54 receptions for 514 yards and a touchdown. 

Jeffrey Beall via Wikimedia Commons

Collie had his worst year of his career in 2012, as he played in just one game. In a Week 3 battle with the Jacksonville Jaguars, Collie suffered a ruptured patella tendon in his right knee and missed the rest of the season.  Indianapolis released him after the 2012 year ended. 

As a free agent, the New England Patriots signed Collie last October after their roster had dwindled from injuries. Playing in seven games, he caught six passes for 63 yards in the regular season and added five catches for 72 yards in two postseason games for the Patriots.  New England released the 28 year-old receiver this year, and Collie is once again a free agent.

Despite the hand, foot, knee and heel injuries that have consumed his time as a pro, the 6'4", 204-pound receiver has also been diagnosed with three concussions throughout his five-year NFL career. 

Collie isn’t anything like the player he once was with the Indianapolis Colts when he was tearing up opposing defenses with Peyton Manning, but he can still play and would come at a bargain price. This fact might be the driving force in the Washington Redskins' interest in the five-year veteran.   

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