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Colts: Manning doubtful for opener

Healing of neck injury slows to the point where QB has been shut down from practicing. Terry McCormick

Print This September 05, 2011, 11:48 AM EST

In a statement released on Monday morning, the Indianapolis Colts admit that they are Peyton Manning will not practice and will likely miss at least the season opener against the Houston Texans.

The statement comes after reports that Manning's neck was not healing quickly, and one, since refuted report, that Manning would need another surgical procedure on his neck.

The healing regarding Manning's neck injury has slowed and the Colts are taking no chances with their star quarterback's health. It means that Manning's streak of 208 consecutive starts is likely over, and that veteran Kerry Collins, signed less than a month ago, will be under center against the Houston Texans on ?Sept. 11.

Below is the team's statement regarding the Manning situation:

“During the last week, the rate of improvement in Peyton’s rehabilitation process slowed. Over the weekend Peyton experienced soreness in his back. It was originally thought to be a normal reaction to his rehabilitation regimen. When the soreness persisted, the Colts medical team decided to initiate diagnostic tests and to consult with a number of specialists around the country who have been involved in Peyton’s case from the outset. That process continues.

"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. We will update his playing status as required by NFL policy as the week goes on.At the conclusion of the diagnostic process, if there are any new developments in the prognosis which we outlined for Peyton at the start of training camp we will report them. As of now Peyton continues to deal with a complicated neurological recovery, the end date of which is unpredictable. As was stated at the outset, it serves no useful purpose to speculate about hypothetical outcomes. When and if there are concrete medical facts to report we will do so. We appreciate your consideration in this matter.”

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Terry McCormick, covers the Titans for TitanInsider.com

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