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Indianapolis Colts quarterback Peyton Manning will need to undergo another procedure on his neck, according to an Indianapolis radio station.
The Colts opened as a 1-point favorite for Week 1's game in Houston, but then moved to +3 once Manning's injury was originally released.
Houston had jumped to around -7 or -7.5 at a few shops late Sunday night, but many had also yanked the game completely off the board by that time as well.
All this comes after ESPN 1070, citing multiple sources, reported Sunday evening that the four-time NFL Most Valuable Player will be sidelined indefinitely.
Manning missed the entire preseason while recovering from neck surgery in May and was just activated off the physically unable to perform list last Monday.
The 35-year-old quarterback, who will be entering his 14th season, has never missed a regular-season game since the Colts made him the No. 1 overall pick in 1998.
The surgery in May was not related to a neck procedure he underwent more than a year ago, which relieved pain from a pinched nerve.
The Colts signed Manning to a five-year, $90 million contract extension last month. But worried that the franchise quarterback would not be ready for the season opener, the team signed Kerry Collins out of retirement.
Manning had another sensational season 2010, passing for 4,400 yards with 33 touchdowns and 17 interceptions.
He has made 208 consecutive regular-season starts and 227 overall, including the postseason.
Peyton likely doubtful for week 1: won't practice
Posted by Will Brinson
Peyton Manning's been the story of the NFL preseason thus far, thanks to a complicated neck surgery he underwent 15 weeks ago and the slow process which which he's recovered.
It became a bigger story on Monday when the Colts announced that not only has his rehab "slowed," but that Manning won't practice leading up to the Week 1 game against the Texans and will be listed as "doubtful" on the official injury report.
"During the last week, the rate of improvement in Peyton’s rehabilitation process slowed," the Colts said in a statement released by the team Monday. "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."
The Colts also added that "the end date" of Peyton's recovery "is unpredictable" and that "it serves no useful purpose to speculate about hypothetical outcomes."
Which is precisely what I'll do right now: it doesn't look good for Peyton playing.
That seems insane, but, hey it's been a busy day for Indy, who also announced that new gameday consultant Jim Tressel would serve a non-suspension suspension for the first six games of the season.
And it's still entirely possible that Peyton does play in Week 1 against Houston. Here's the logic for why he won't: Indianapolis has 16 games they'll play this season, and while the first one against Houston is extremely important, it won't decide the fate of their 2011 season.
Additionally, the newest backup in town, Kerry Collins, has seen the Texans a time or two in his career. And while he's just 3-4 against Houston (which probably won't impress at least one of his wide receivers) he has completed 53.8 percent of his passes for 1,550 yards in seven games while throwing for six touchdowns and nine interceptions.
Those aren't Peyton Manning numbers, of course, but they're also not Curtis Painter numbers either.
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