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Colts make it official: Collie, Freeney won't be back

Published: Friday, Feb. 15 2013 4:42 p.m. MST

Indianapolis Colts wide receiver Austin Collie is helped off the field after being injured during the second half of an NFL football game against the Jacksonville Jaguars in Indianapolis, Sunday, Sept. 23, 2012.  (AJ Mast, Associated Press) Indianapolis Colts wide receiver Austin Collie is helped off the field after being injured during the second half of an NFL football game against the Jacksonville Jaguars in Indianapolis, Sunday, Sept. 23, 2012. (AJ Mast, Associated Press)

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

Both will become unrestricted free agents next month.

Collie, the former BYU standout, just couldn't stay healthy. He 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."

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