The Colts have taken QB Peyton Manning off the physically-unable-to-perform list, which will allow him to practice with the team and potentially play in Week One. Manning has been sidelined throughout all of training camp as he recovers from offseason neck surgery.
"The move is a continuation of the rehab process from offseason neck surgery that Manning underwent," the club said via a press release. "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."
Manning is hoping to hit the field on Sept. 11 when the Colts kick off the season against the Texans. Had he remained on the PUP list through Sept. 3, the quarterback would not have been able to play the first six weeks of the season.
Last week, the team signed veteran QB Kerry Collins as insurance in case Manning is not healthy enough to play.
The way we see it
Manning is hopeful he will be under center against Houston, and the Colts are hoping the same. Activating him isn't necessarily an indication that he's feeling better but is more about making sure that he's allowed to practice and potentially play when the regular season begins.