Colts bye week comes as the team deals with injury to most prominent player

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INDIANAPOLIS (WTHR) - Battered, bruised and now (possibly) concussed, Colts quarterback Jacoby Brissett is spending his bye week in the NFL concussion protocol after receiving a hit to the helmet in the second half of Sunday’s loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers.

All afternoon, the second-year player ran for his life against one of the NFL's top defenses. But by the third quarter, the hits began to wear the quarterback down and his collision with Steeler linebacker Stephon Tuitt nearly took him out.

"There's a helmet-to-helmet shot and we all see it," Colts head coach Chuck Pagano said.

Pagano knew his quarterback had been rattled. But an independent medical professional still cleared Brissett to return to game action.

"You pull him out, go through the protocol. Check off all the boxes, dot the I's and cross off all the T's. They're doing what they are supposed to do," Pagano said.

But that doctor's note didn't mean Brissett had a clean bill of health. After the game, the team announced the quarterback showed signs of a concussion.

Brissett did not speak with the media during Monday's open locker room session. But the belief within the organization is that the extra week off will give the him the time necessary to fully recover.

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