If Tennessee Titans QB Kerry Collins is able to play through his hand injuries and play Sunday against the Kansas City Chiefs, he is likely to pass (pun intended) Joe Montana in the record books with just 13 completions into ninth place all-time.
“It is cool. I don’t know if it hasn’t hit me or is ever going to hit me,’’ Collins, 37, said with a smile. “I am just focused on what we are doing here. Maybe later on down the road I will, but it is one of those things I don’t think about. I have never been one of those guys that follow that stuff. I am really just trying to get a win.’’
Collins, who suffered a torn flexor tendon in his right middle finger earlier this season, didn’t practice on Wednesday because of a thumb injury on the same hand.
Collins said he initially injured the thumb against the Eagles on Oct. 24, but played through it. Just when it appeared to be settling down, he re-aggravated it in last Sunday’s win over the Texans.
He missed two games with a calf injury that was expected to keep him out longer.
“If I am healthy enough to play, in my mind I am healthy. I always go back to Coach (Joe) Paterno,’’ Collins said of his coach at Penn State. “He said there’s a difference between being hurt and injury, and I feel like if I am healthy enough to play, I don’t have any excuses.’’
Don’t expect to see anyone under center on Sunday other than Collins. He has said that he will be out on the practice field Thursday and be ready to play against the Chiefs. That means you should also expect to see him jump Montana on the completions list. In five of the seven games he has appeared in this season, Collins has completed at least 13 passes. With Kansas City paying so much attention to Chris Johnson, Collins will have more than his fair share of opportunities to make plays in the air.
Collins is also 334 yards away from passing Johnny Unitas for 11th all-time, though if he approaches that number then things are likely going very poorly for the Chiefs.