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Colts’ Pagano expects QB Brissett to clear concussion protocol, start vs. Titans

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Although Indianapolis Colts quarterback Jacoby Brissett remains in the concussion protocol, head coach Chuck Pagano expects him to start Sunday against the Tennessee Titans.

The Colts (3-7) returned from their bye week Monday, Pagano said Brissett took most of the snaps at practice and that he should be cleared before Sunday’s game.

“We went out there and we did four periods [at practice Monday], we did some stuff versus Tennessee and then we did just Colts versus Colts,” Pagano said. “He took the lion’s share of the snaps. He looked good.”

Brissett was injured during the Colts Week 10 loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers.

After taking a hit to the head on a third-down scramble from Steelers defensive lineman Stephon Tuitt, Brissett went into the concussion tent on the sideline and didn’t miss a snap because he was cleared to return to the game.

The Colts were criticized for how they handled Brissett’s situation because it was not determined until after the game that he had suffered a concussion.

However, the NFL announced last week that the Colts followed all of the protocols because Brissett passed three separate concussion tests — two during the game and one immediately afterward.

If Brissett doesn’t clear the concussion protocol, Scott Tolzien will start at quarterback against the Titans.

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