NFL: Colts cut Austin Collie, Dwight Freeney
Football • Injuries end former Cougar’s tenure with Indianapolis.
Published: February 15, 2013 05:03PM
Updated: February 15, 2013 05:07PM
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This is a 2012 photo of Austin Collie of the Indianapolis Colts NFL football team. This image reflects the Indianapolis Colts active roster as of Wednesday, June 6, 2012 when this image was taken. (AP Photo)

INDIANAPOLIS • The Indianapolis Colts said Friday they will not re-sign former league sacks champion Dwight Freeney or oft-injured receiver Austin Collie.

Both will become unrestricted free agents next month.

Collie just couldn’t stay healthy. The BYU alum wound up on season-ending injured reserve in September with a ruptured patellar tendon in his right knee and there were continual concerns about a series of concussions he had.

Freeney, Indy’s career sacks leader, turns 33 next week. His sacks totals declined for a third straight year in 2012, this time after moving from defensive end to outside linebacker.

Team owner Jim Irsay said in a statement that few players had more impact on the Colts’ success than Freeney, who Irsay calls an “artist” and a “joy to watch.”