INDIANAPOLIS -- Anthony Gonzalez might be out longer than the Colts first feared, and they found a replacement for him, too.
"Since Anthony's going to be out a while, hopefully we can catch him up as soon as possible," Manning said when asked directly about having Baskett on the roster. "It's a lot of offense to learn in a couple of days, but he's a veteran, so he could help us."
Greatness on the road
Caldwell didn't provide any new details about the injury Thursday, other than to say: "It could be two to between six and eight weeks."
Initial reports indicated that Gonzalez wouldn't miss more than six weeks.
Losing Gonzalez for an extended period is a big blow to the Colts, who expected their 2007 first-round draft pick to replace Marvin Harrison, the franchise's career receiving leader, in the starting lineup this season. Harrison was released in a cost-cutting move in February and hasn't been signed by another team.
Gonzalez and Harrison put up nearly identical numbers last season, and the Colts believed Gonzalez was headed for a breakout year until he stepped across the line of scrimmage late in the first quarter Sunday and crumpled to the ground without touching another player.
"Pierre is going to be a big part of our game plan, Austin Collie, too, no question," Manning said. "But this is the NFL. You can't just draw up a play and say this ball has got to go to Dallas Clark. Pierre has worked hard over here -- I think he spent six hours over the last two days studying film -- and Austin has done that as well."
Collie already has learned one significant difference between college ball and the NFL.
"I didn't feel as prepared for Jacksonville as I should have been," he said. "I think I underestimated what needs to be put into it, and I think I learned that lesson. I'm getting in the film room more, seeing how they disguise different coverages and different blitzes."
Baskett would give the Colts some intriguing possibilities. At 6-foot-4 and 220 pounds, he's bigger than any other Indy receiver.
The Associated Press attributed to this report