This one hurt. In more ways than one.
Not only did the Indianapolis Colts fall to 0-4 with their 24-17 loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Raymond James Stadium, the team also incurred injuries to several difference-making players — one such injury among the ugliest the sport has seen.
The Colts were competitive, but they still have a long way to go in terms of closing the deal, especially if some of the injured players are out for any extended time.
In many respects, the Colts played a good ball game.
Curtis Painter, who made his debut as a NFL starting quarterbakc, wasn’t spectacular (he gave up what has become nearly a routine sack-fumble in the first quarter), but he made enough plays to keep Indy in the game (and himself in the starting spot).
Pierre Garcon sure helped Painter’s cause. The receiver broke away on two receptions — the first a record 87-yard score and the second a valiant team blocking effort downfield in the third — to score touchdowns. Garcon finished with 146 ...