Collins getting ready to run Colts' offense

Kerry Collins is the first to admit that he's not Peyton Manning.

But the veteran quarterback is busy readying to do his best Manning impersonation in running thre Indianapolis Colts' precision offense on Sunday in Houston and perhaps beyond for the foreseeable future as Manning makes his slow recovery from a neck injury.

"I've been doing this for a long time, and I know what it takes to get ready to play," Collins told the Indianapolis Star. "Certainly no way do I think I can replace someone like Peyton and what he means to this franchise and this city.

"But at the same time, I guarantee I will bust my butt to get ready to play. I hope the guys see that. I have a good idea of what I need to do to get ready to play and give a winning performance."

Collins has had about two weeks of time to learn the Colts' system, and while that might not seem long, he has been in this situation before. When he came to Tennessee in 2006, the Titans were not happy with Billy Volek and brought in Collins to start until they turned the reins over to Vince Young.

The Colts open the season in Houston on Sunday, and Collins, who a month ago, expected to be enjoying retirement and writing country songs is instead writing another verse to a long and winding football career.

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