So Sorry Sorgi: Colts Backup QB Shelved for Season

The best damn clipboard holder in all of the Circle City was dealt a severe blow on Wednesday when he was placed on the injured reserve list by the Indianapolis Colts. Longtime backup quarterback Jim Sorgi was placed on IR due to a right shoulder injury he sustained in practice several weeks ago. This leaves Indianapolis with rookie Curtis Painter as a backup to Peyton Manning for this weekend’s game against the Denver Broncos.

Painter was selected in the sixth round of the 2009 NFL as the 201 overall pick. While this is his first season with the Colts, Curtis is used to playing football in Indiana as he spent the last four years of his career in West Lafayette, IN as a quarterback for the Purdue Boilermakers.

Much like Marlon Brando in On The Waterfront with his immortalized line,” I could have been a contender…I could have been somebody,” that is Sorgi right now.

As long as we are drawing parallels, On the Waterfront did win best picture back in 1954

The Colts have a chance to lockup the #1 overall seed in the AFC this weekend with a win and a Cincinnati Bengals loss. If the Colts do clinch, Jim Cladwell will most likely pull a page out of Tony Dungy‘s book and rest his starters the remainder of the regular season.

So instead of getting a chance to play a significant amount of minutes, Jim Sorgi will be on the sidelines…holding a clipboard. In six seasons with the Colts, Sorgi has appeared in 16 games and completed 99 of 156 passes for 929 yards with six touchdowns and one interception for a passer rating of 89.9.

The Colts signed offensive lineman Michael Toudouze, Indy’s fifth-round pick in 2006, to fill Sorgi’s spot. They waived quarterback Shane Boyd from the practice squad and signed former University of Buffalo quarterback Drew Willy.

In other injury news, defensive end Robert Mathis did not practice because of a strained quadriceps. Indy’s top two left tackles, Charlie Johnson and Tony Ugoh, were also out. Johnson has a foot injury. Ugoh, the former starter, replaced Johnson in the lineup Sunday but has a hip injury.

Other injured players who missed practice included running back Donald Brown (chest) and linebacker Clint Session (calf). Safety Antoine Bethea and defensive end Dwight Freeney rested.