Jacoby Brissett said he fought back tears in return to field for Colts

Eric Edholm

Indianapolis Colts quarterback Jacoby Brissett missed only about six quarters of action with an MCL injury he suffered a few weeks ago, but it clearly felt like a long time before Sunday.

Brissett led an impressive Colts victory on Sunday, 33-13 over the Jacksonville Jaguars, and his emotions almost overcame him as he resumed his role as the team’s starter.

Brissett said he “almost cried running out into the huddle because you miss football so much.”

Brissett wasn’t gone long, but his emotions really hit home.

On the day, Brissett’s statistics were somewhat modest. He completed 15-of-24 passes for 148 yards with one TD and an interception. But he also ran for a score to help fuel a Colts ground game that finished the day with 264 yards rushing.

The Jaguars took a 7-0 lead, but the Colts came back to gain a 10-7 halftime edge. They then scored on touchdowns on three straight possessions to open the second half and blow the game wide open.

Even a fourth-quarter pick for Brissett couldn’t douse the joy of returning to the field for the first time since suffering his MCL injury in the second quarter of the Week 9 game against the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Backup Brian Hoyer struggled badly last week in place of Brissett, who wasn’t about to miss a second straight start. Before Sunday’s game, Brissett walked onto the Lucas Oil Stadium field just to get a look at where he’d be playing in a few hours’ time.

It was also a return to the field for Jaguars QB Nick Foles, who had been out since Week 1 after suffering a broken collarbone. But despite Foles throwing for 296 yards, his team came up short.

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