Manning described as 'doubtful' for opener

The Indianapolis Colts announced that star quarterback Peyton Manning is doubtful for Sunday's season opener against the Houston Texans. They could just as easily rule him out now and announce that quarterback Kerry Collins will be starting for now and the immediate future given Manning's slow recovery from offseason neck surgery.

The Colts released the following statement today on Manning's status:

"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."

In other words, please stop asking about if Manning is going to play.

Without spelling it out, the Colts have already given their answer on this matter. Manning won't be playing Sunday against the Texans, period.

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