Peyton Manning Injury: Colts QB Comes off PUP List, Ready to Play?
The Indianapolis Colts might not think that Peyton Manning can start their regular season opener, but they were prepared to take Manning off the physically unable to perform list on Monday.
Manning, who is still recovering from offseason neck surgery, hasn't practice with the team and won't get the opportunity to play in any preseason games. However, it does open up the possibility of him starting the Colts Week 1 game against the Houston Texans.
Here's what Colts head coach Jim Caldwell told the Associated Press (via the Washington Post):
“He’s been throwing. It’s going to be a bigger amount, and I don’t think it needs a whole lot of explanation. The statement speaks for itself.”
Manning had this to say:
“This was one of my goals all along, to be back before the last preseason game. That gives you two weeks on the field to answer the questions coach Caldwell has and I have.”
And finally, Manning said this regarding playing hurt:
“I have to be able to play competitively to play because I have too much respect for this game. I have to do what’s fair for the team.”
Manning has been on the PUP list since Aug. 1. If not removed from that list by the regular season opener, Manning would have had to sit out the Colts first six games. This was obviously a move to avoid that fate.
But it also gives Manning the opportunity to play against the Texans if the neck is right. He hasn't missed a regular season game his entire career—a streak that extends 208 games—and counting him out of any contest two weeks in advance isn't recognizing that fact.
Still, Manning needs to heal and heal fast. He could go without any practice time, but there's going to be some obvious rust. Remember back to 2008 when he used the preseason to recover from a bursa sac injury. He struggled in the season's opening weeks.
In terms of fantasy, this moves is encouraging. At least you know he now has the opportunity to play that first game. But will he? We likely won't know that answer until the last second.
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