Manning Likely Out For Opener, Re-evaluation Pending

Now, after all of this craziness, WTHR is reporting that sources are saying that Manning will not play next Sunday:

Eyewitness News has learned Colts quarterback Peyton Manning will likely miss the start of the season. Several sources tell 13 Sports that Manning will not play in the season opener in Houston next Sunday. Sports Director Dave Calabro was told that the MVP quarterback is being re-evaluated by several doctors because of slow progress from neck surgery.

Personally, I'm not sure how much stock I put into that report. What I do put stock into is Chris Mortenson's report that the Colts were aware that Manning would likely not play Week One when they signed Collins.

According to Mortensen, there has been no final report on Manning's availability for the week one game, but the Colts do not expect to have him. Here are the rest of Mort's tweets from the night, the most credible information out so far.

No 2nd surgery/procedure for Manning is planned, as of now. He's getting multiple opinions still waiting for answers on slow progress.
As when Colts signed Kerry Collins for $4 million, team did not believe PM would be ready for opener. Barring miracle, that's more evident
Talking to sources, obviously varying opinions. One possibility is scar tissue trapping inflammation/nerves but no consensus on that.

Not a good night so far.


Kyle J. Rodriguez

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A film and numbers guru, Kyle writes about the NFL and the Indianapolis Colts for Bleacher Report, Draft Mecca and The Football Educator, and is a co-founder and associate editor of Colts Authority. Kyle also is a high school sports reporter for the MLive Media Group in Michigan, covering high school sports across the state.