Indianapolis Colts: Peyton Manning out Week 1

Robby HowardContributor IIISeptember 7, 2011

23 Dec 2001: Quarterback Peyton Manning #18 of the Indianapolis Colts shakes hands with general manager Bill Polian during warm-ups before the game against the New York Jets at the RCA Dome in Indianapolis, Indiana. The Jets won 29-28. DIGITAL IMAGE. Mandatory Credit: Ron Hoskins/Getty Images
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Colts vice chairman Bill Polian has announced that Peyton Manning will not play Week 1 in a taped radio interview with ESPN NY 1050.

Manning was considered doubtful for the game, as the Colts released a statement regarding his availability Monday. It has not been announced whether or not Manning will play or practice next week.

Manning will end his consecutive starts streak at 208, the longest active streak and second longest in NFL history behind Brett Favre.

The team had announced previously that if Manning was unable to play the opening game that new free agent acquisition Kerry Collins will be the starter, not long-time backup Curtis Painter.

Collins signed Aug. 24. He played in only one preseason game for the Colts, going 5-for-10 for 45 yards against the Bengals last Thursday.

It remains unclear how long Manning will be out after Week 1.

It is the end of an era, really, for Colts fans. Since 1998, fans have never seen another quarterback under center in a game situation that was really important to the team. Manning had started every game for the team since '98.

The only time he wasn't on the field with the offense was when the team had locked up a playoff appearance and the team had decided to rest its franchise quarterback for the playoffs.