The Colts won more regular season games (115) in one decade than any team in NFL history. Saying Peyton Manning was the driving force behind that would be a fair assessment.
The 11-time Pro Bowler will be entering his 14th season in the NFL in 2011-12. However, his health is a major concern and the Colts are worried. Manning has made 208 consecutive starts and started every game of his NFL career, but that is now in jeopardy.
Back in May, Manning underwent his second neck surgery in 15 months to rectify a disc-related issue that was causing him discomfort.
ESPN's Chris Mortensen earlier reported that the Colts' brain trust does not believe Manning will be ready for the team's Week 1 matchup against the Texans.
Manning is currently on the PUP list and has yet to start a preseason game. His status is listed as 'questionable' against Houston. As a precautionary measure, the Colts signed journeyman QB Kerry Collins as a backup this morning.
Colts owner Jim Irsay said recovery from the procedure generally takes between six and eight weeks, but Manning's status for Week 1 is in jeopardy.
The Colts were ranked second in the league in passes attempted (41.5) and passing yards per game (284) last season. Their offense is pass-heavy and the team will go as far as Manning takes them.
One thing is certain: The Houston Texans are foaming at the mouth right now, looking to win their first division title in franchise history. With Manning ailing, and head coach Gary Kubiak on the hot seat, it's "now or never" to make a push to win the AFC South.
As for now, if the Colts keep Manning on the PUP list after the preseason, he would miss at least six games.
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