Most NFL teams are pretty secretive with their injury report and don’t give out any more information than they are required to by the league. The official injury status report usually comes out Wednesday, so that’s when we thought we’d get Peyton Manning’s official status from the Indianapolis Colts.
But no, the Colts have decided that they want the world to know that Peyton is indeed doubtful for Sunday’s Week 1 game against the Houston Texans.
“During the last week, the rate of improvement in Peyton’s rehabilitation process slowed,” the Colts said in a statement. “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.”
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The team describes the situation as “a complicated neurological recovery, the end date of which is unpredictable,” and they say they’ll provide “concrete medical facts” when they have them.
So yeah, consider Peyton out for Sunday. With all the reports surfacing in the last day, it doesn’t sound like he has a chance in hell of being on that field. Now, the real question becomes when and whether he’ll be able to play at all.