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Colts | If Peyton Manning isn't ready, team may look for another QB

Colts | If Peyton Manning isn't ready, team may look for another QBAll options remain open for the Indianapolis Colts at quarterback, including potentially signing a veteran option to replace QB Peyton Manning (neck) in Week 1 if Manning is not healthy enough to play. "It's always been something where we hope he can be ready, and we still hope. But it's possible he won't," team owner Jim Irsay said.

Manning is still on the active PUP working on his rehabilitation from neck surgery to repair a bulging disk. "I was short-changed 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," Manning said. "I have made progress, but I still have some work to do. When I'm healthy enough, I'll be able to play."

Manning has not suffered any setbacks in his recovery, and team doctors have noted the regeneration of right triceps strength is the key. Plus, nerves come back at different paces. The Colts want to make sure Manning is 100 percent healthy before he returns full speed; they do not want him to return too early and other shoulder or elbow problems develop because of it.

Backup QBs Curtis Painter and Dan Orlovsky have struggled in the preseason, combining for a passer rating of 34.4. They have generated just one touchdown and two field goals, going 19 of 43 for 273 yards, one touchdown and four interceptions.

If the team were to bring in a veteran quarterback, they would have to scale back the offense and look for him to be more of a game manager.

2011-08-21 08:56:20 | Source: Indianapolis Star - Mike Chappell

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