Polian says Manning is out for week one
Peyton Manning has been ruled out for the season opener, according to what Indianapolis Colts general manager Bill Polian told ESPN New York 1050 on Wednesday.
Manning's streak of 208 consecutive starts will come to and end, making his brother Eli the quarterback with the longest current consecutive games started streak. The last time someone other than Manning started for the Colts was in December 1997, when Jim Harbaugh, currently head coach of the San Francisco 49ers, started. The Colts drafted Manning the following April.
“To say I am disappointed in not being able to play is an understatement. The best part about football is being out there on the field playing with my teammates," Manning said in a statement released by the Colts. "It will be tough not to be out there playing for the organization and our fans. I simply am not healthy enough to play, and I am doing everything I can to get my health back. The team will do fine without me, and I know for sure that I will miss them much more than they will miss me.”
But the issue of the consecutive games streak is not nearly as important for the Colts as getting Kerry Collins ready for the Houston Texans on Sunday.
Collins came out of retirement to join the Colts in mid-August and now has to go about learning the complicated Indianapolis offense.
Collins has been through through this sort of scenario before joining the Tennessee Titans in 2006 with virtually no training camp time.
Terry McCormick covers the Titans for TitanInsider.com