Peyton Manning -- or, if you prefer, Peyton Manning's neck -- has been the talk of the Colts offseason. Manning's injury concerns were big enough that it warranted owner Jim Irsay tweeting about a visit to Hattiesburg, Mississippi and Indy eventually signing un-retired veteran Kerry Collins.
Here's some good news, then, for concerned Colts fans: Manning was activated on from the Physically Unable to Perform (PUP) list on Monday, the team announced.
"The move is a continuation of the rehab process from offseason neck surgery that Manning underwent," a release from the team reads. "He will participate in practice on a limited basis. All of his practice work will be scripted and on a controlled basis. The participation in limited football activity is a standard procedure in the club's rehab protocol."
OK, so it's not that good of news really. It just guarantees that Peyton isn't guaranteed to miss the first six games of the season, which would be required if he were on the PUP list to begin the season.
It also guarantees that Collins isn't guaranteed a roster spot; if Peyton's able to return by Week 1, it seems somewhat unlikely that the Colts would keep the veteran on the roster, or that Collins would even want to hang around.
The Indianapolis Colts have signed veteran Kerry Collins as an insurance policy to Peyton Manning. Colts RapidReporter Tom James joins Scott Braun to discuss the move.
After all, he retired from the NFL in order to avoid playing "nursemaid" for Titans rookie Jake Locker, and unless he's just straight-up chasing a ring, it seems relatively unlikely that Collins would want to sit around and wait for Manning to miss the first start of his career.
Manning, though, won't start just for the sake of starting if he doesn't feel he's healthy enough to play. The consecutive games streak of 227 is too important to him.
"I have to be able to competitively play," Manning said, via the AP. "I have too much respect for football. I've got to be able to compete and to help my team win, and that's what's fair to the team, fair to myself."
Manning has been throwing in scripted scenarios, but Manning -- who seemed in a pretty good mood all things considered -- wouldn't elaborate much on anything (though he did allow that one of his goals all along was to return for the last week of the preseason so he'd get two weeks of practice time to figure out how he was feeling).
"I don't know what HIPAA stands for, but I believe in it and I practice it," Manning joked, referring to the federal law protecting medical privacy. "So, uh, I'll leave it at that."
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