Peyton Manning Injury Makes Him "Likely Doubtful" for Week 1

Robby HowardContributor IIISeptember 5, 2011

Manning is still experiencing neck pain and is expected to be listed as "doubtful" for Sunday's game
Manning is still experiencing neck pain and is expected to be listed as "doubtful" for Sunday's gameJoe Robbins/Getty Images

Now is the time for Colts fans to hit the panic button.

According to an official statement released this morning, Peyton Manning will likely be listed as doubtful to play against the Texans Sunday. The doctors have also advised Manning not to practice.

The statement says that Manning has continued to experience pain—not normal pain from the rehabilitation process, but a separate pain.

"During the last week, the rate of improvement in Peyton’s rehabilitation process slowed.   Over the weekend Peyton experienced soreness in his back."

And then two sentences later, the news that Colts fans have never wanted to hear came.

"As a result of the most recent development the doctors have decided that Peyton will not practice. His participation therefore, in Sunday’s game versus Houston will likely be doubtful."

For the first time in 208 games, it appears as if Manning will be sidelined for a regular season NFL game.

The Colts do not have to officially release their injury report, which will list players as probable, doubtful, out, ect., until Wednesday.

It makes the Kerry Collins signing very significant for the Colts now. Still, Collins has only been with the team for about two weeks, giving him limited knowledge of the playbook. 

The Colts will certainly look different with No. 5 lining up under center Jeff Saturday rather than No. 18 who has always, always been there for the team.

During this whole neck extravaganza, I have continued to write that Peyton would be okay. Now, however, it is officially time to be concerned.