Peyton Manning: Colts Activate QB

Published: August 30, 2011

Peyton Manning: Colts Activate QB, Peyton Manning is back. He is ready to play is an open question.The Manning of the Colts activated from the physically unable to perform list Monday. A few hours later, the MVP four times shot his white No. 18 jersey and helmet and jogged on the field practice, renewing hopes that he can actually play in the season opener in Houston on 11 September 4th month after neck surgery.

“It’s kind of my goal all along, trying to get better and I know that everyone predicted and everyone wants to get the latest news,” an optimistic Manning said. “But I can not give you more than what I give you.”

What everyone wants to know, of course, is whether Manning will be ready. No one, including Manning, say that the time and he says he will not play in the final pre-season Thursday night in Cincinnati.

Clearly, though, Manning is close. He acknowledged that he is healthy enough now to take a snapshot or a set play to keep his consecutive-games streak intact, but insists he will not.

“As I said the other night, I must be able to play competitive,” he said. “I have too much respect for football. I must be able to compete and help my team win, and this is just the team, just for me. ”

Manning has started 227 consecutive games, including playoffs, the second longest streak in NFL history for the quarter behind Brett Favre. Of all the numbers Manning has developed over the years, the series is that it is usually said means the most.

Manning had been on the PUP for the first team’s training camp practice on August 1 following the procedure in May to repair a nerve in the neck. The Colts have faced a deadline Saturday to make the move or Manning would have missed the first six games for Indy.

Team officials issued a statement saying Manning practice on a “scripted” and controlled. Coach Jim Caldwell did not elaborate on the plan.

“Obviously, it was launched, but nevertheless it will just be in limited supply,” said Caldwell. “I do not think it needs a lot of explanations, I think not. Scripted means that we kind of know exactly what to do, prescribed by the rehabilitation specialist and our medical team. ”

Manning had not been seen much at the head of the team might work in private. It was at its best player, Monday, teasing reporters about their memories, make fun of the environment as the circus surrounding his neck injury and suggesting that his close friend and center Jeff Saturday, was tired of responding to questions about him.

Team officials have always said that Manning would practice when doctors cleared him, and when Manning felt comfortable, and he again refused to say precisely what holds him back.

“I do not know what it means to HIPAA, but I believe in it and I practice,” Manning joked, referring to the federal law protecting medical privacy. “So, uh, I’ll leave it.”

The fact that he was enabled good news for Manning, his teammates and fans of the Colts, but it also relaxed some of the concerns expressed by Jim Irsay. Owner of the Indy team recently wrote on Twitter that the Colts should be prepared to start the season without Manning and later posted comments that prompted speculation he was trying to convince Favre to come out of retirement.

Instead, the Colts have signed another quarter to retire in 16 years veteran Kerry Collins, who was standing next to Manning in a loss on national television at the Super Bowl champion Green Bay last week.

“(Sharp) 18 scope of practice! Soon the leaves will fall / I looked sat.night marginalize n $ 30,000,000.00 saw standing there, my checkbook hurts! “Wrote Monday Irsay. Manning signed a five-year contract, and 90 million in the offseason to stay in Indy.

The next question is how the Colts will share the pictures.

Manning insists he will spend the next two weeks further rehabilitation and try to get in tune with his teammates.

But the Colts need Collins to work with the starters and still want to Curtis Painter, who remains No. 2 on the depth chart, playing, too, in the case of Manning missed the game in Houston.

“Right now, I guess I’d do a year reps,” said Collins. “What is the breakdown, I do not know, because I’m sure they will try to get Peyton back into the swing of things. ”

The surgery was expected to keep Manning off the field for six to eight weeks.

Instead, the recovery has gone slower than expected, Manning posted a thing, in part, on the 4 1/2-month lockout that kept him away from the team trainers.

With Manning struggling, the Colts have been refining the backup plans. Two days after signing Collins, Painter delivered his best preseason performance by going 11 of 21 for 171 yards with two TD passes and nearly led the Colts to their first preseason victory in over two years.

But Manning has been the backbone of this team since he was taken No. 1 overall in 1998.

He is thrown for 54,828 yards, third all time behind Favre and Dan Marino, and needs a more touchdown pass to reach Favre (508) and Marino (420) as the only members of the NFL than 400 clubs. He led the Colts to a record-linking nine consecutive playoff appearances, including last season when most of its weapons at the top went down with injuries.

“It was one of my goals all along, back during the week of the last preseason game,” Manning said. “It would give you two weeks of field work, and it can give you a pretty good response to some questions that the coach of Caldwell and what I have. ”

Manning has been through this before.

In 2008, he missed the entire training camp after having two operations to remove an infected stock bag in his left knee and did not return to practice until the final preseason game. He ended up winning his third MVP award.

This time, Manning saw the race and throw passes and his teammates expressed confidence he will start Week 1.

“I think he’s right on schedule,” said Saturday, one of the closest friends of Manning. “I think that’s what the trainers and rehab say. There he is. “

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