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November 22, 2011

QB still an open question for Colts

INDIANAPOLIS — Who’s going to start at quarterback for the Indianapolis Colts on Sunday (1 p.m., Fox Sports) when the Carolina Panthers visit Lucas Oil Stadium?

Will it be Curtis Painter, who has yet to win a game as a starter since replacing Kerry Collins against Pittsburgh on Sept. 25?

Or will it be backup Dan Orlovsky, who has replaced Painter behind center in the fourth quarter of the Colts’ last two games?

Well, according to Indianapolis coach Jim Caldwell, no decision has been made on the matter. Even if Caldwell has decided to make a move, nobody is talking just yet.

“Not at this point. We’ll have, certainly, an answer on that here shortly in the next day or so,” the Colts’ coach said Monday.

“But obviously, we get rolling in terms of our preparation on Wednesday and by that time we’ll have it all solidified.”

Painter (who has completed 117 of 214 passes for 1,315 yards, five touchdowns and seven interceptions) and Orlovsky (14 of 21 passes for 122 yards) claim that they haven’t been notified of any possible changes in the status quo.

“All I do is kind of take my advice, criticism, compliments and anything from in this building, so I kind of leave it at that. I don’t pay much attention to outside things and for me I can’t really look at it any differently than I have,” Painter said.

Orlovsky is just waiting for the call if and when needed.

“I don’t know. I think that will be something that coach [Caldwell] will handle,” he said. “I’m going to approach it the same way as I always have. If things change, then things change. If they don’t, then they don’t.”

• Injury report — The Colts’ coach said that running back Joseph Addai’s (hamstring) return after missing four of the past five games is a possibility.

“Haven’t seen him yet [Monday] but I’m sure [team trainers will] get their hands on him and we’ll get an assessment a little later on,” Caldwell said.

He wasn’t clear on tight end Dallas Clark (lower leg) being ready to play after being injured two games ago.

“At this point, he is recuperating,” Caldwell said. “[Clark] is getting better, I can tell you that, but whether or not we’ll have him this week remains to be seen.”

Offensive guard Joe Reitz might be ready to do some work this week. Reitz continues to rehabilitate from knee surgery that has kept him out of the last three games. He watched Monday’s light practice from the sidelines.

There’s a chance that tight end Brody Eldridge (hand) could play Sunday against Carolina. Eldridge suffered a broken bone against Atlanta two games ago. He saw limited work in Monday’s practice.

“Brody is still making real good progress and his status is such where it will be day-to-day,” Caldwell said.

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