Peyton Manning is hopeful that he'll be ready to play in the season opener, but he won't be seeing any preseason action.
"I certainly want to be out there, and it's hard to keep track of the hours I've spent in rehab," Manning said Saturday at a high school football game benefiting his charity, the PeyBack Foundation. "I was shortchanged a little bit by the lockout and I'm going to need every bit of the next two weeks, and then I can give you more of an update with where I am."
The Colts' franchise quarterback has a streak of 227 consecutive starts that is in jeopardy if he can't get himself ready for Week One. If that happens, the Colts would likely have to start backup Curtis Painter. The other quarterbacks on the roster are journeyman Dan Orlovsky and undrafted rookie Mike Hartline.
Manning has been on the team's physically-unable-to-perform list since the start of training camp after undergoing surgery in May to repair a nerve in his neck. He signed a five-year, $90 million contract in July after the end of the lockout.