Caldwell says Peyton could be activated soon

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Colts fans got some good news last night during a preseason game against the Packers, when quarterback Peyton Manning seemed upbeat regarding his condition.

They got even better news after the game, when coach Jim Caldwell said that Peyton could soon be back.

“I would say that it’s certainly a realistic possibility here and it could happen shortly,” Caldwell said regarding whether Manning will be activated shortly from the Physically Unable to Perform list.

Of course, leaving the PUP list and lining up in Week One against the Texans are two different issues.  If he’s not removed from the PUP list before September 3, he’ll have to miss at least the first six weeks of the regular season.  So he could be activated, but also unavailable.

Either way, the looming activation of Manning means that either Curtis Painter or Dan Orlovsky likely will be cut, unless the Colts plan to keep four quarterbacks on the roster.

Then there’s the possibility that, if Peyton Manning can show that he’ll be ready to go by the start of the season, newcomer Kerry Collins will get a visit from the Turk a/k/a Reggie Wayne.

That would be a pretty big surprise, but not as much of a surprise as Collins’ arrival was.

UPDATE (2:11 p.m. ET):  Collins likely isn’t going anywhere.  His $4 million compensation for 2011 is fully guaranteed.  He’s also due to earn a non-guaranteed $10 million in 2012.

13 responses to “Caldwell says Peyton could be activated soon

  1. Peyton tells Collins how much he reminds him of his dad. “But he’s in way better shape than you are Kerry.”.

  2. I am not a Colts fan, but I hope he is good to go by week 2 or 3. Haters can hate, but he is a fun dude to watch.

  3. Peyton Manning is the soul of the Colts. He is more than a coach on the field and commands the offense.

    Manning will play in game one and he will beat the Texans. The Colts have all the tools and they are in their prime.

  4. There is NOOOOOO way Manning missing a game and loses his streak. There is only one player that has a bigger sense of self worth than Brett Favre……..and that is Big Head Peyton.

  5. Dan O is gone O. He was a gigantic swing and a miss in Houston and he’s a fart in the wind in Indy.

    To better illustrate, Leinart looks like a Pro Bowler compared to him…….

  6. Helloooo – Collins isn’t there because he just happened to be sitting on the tailgate of a vegetable truck that did a wheelie in Indianapolis.

    Nobody knows better than Colts coaching staff – and fans that even when he was younger, uninjured and in great shape, Manning was still the kind of player who wanted and needed training camp and preseason to prepare.

    Oh Puleez – Would the Colts and their spokespeople please stop playing dodgeball about Peyton. He ain’t gonna be ready to play the opener. If he does start, it will be for no other reason than to keep his ultimately meaningless ‘streak’ alive.

  7. Caldwell felt it was high time for the HC to actually say something about the issue with the most potential impact on the team over the last decade. He should have been out front on this issue. Teams will prepare for Manning unless Peyton is placed on PUP or IR. There is no reason to leave the fans in the dark. Even Indy fans realize that their window is closing with or without Manning. With him they are a WC team unless Houston craps away another season. Without Manning they are sub-par. 5 wins will be hard to see unless Manning plays at least 8-10 games.

  8. I think Manning will be activated either way so he can make his come back if not the first game in one of the first games.

    I am a Patriots fan but I dont understand the hate on Peyton (or on Brady for that matter) jealousy most likely. I look forward to one of the best players in the NFL back on the field ASAP it makes the whole product better. I know it makes the game with my team that much more fun. It would suck for the Pats Colts game without him.

    I do think picking up Collins was a smart move. It gives them a legitimate QB that has won games in the NFL for many years. Someone thier GM drafted way back when and knows well. He is not on Peytons level but hes better than what they had. For a couple of games he gives them a chance and gives them the luxury to not have to rush Peyton back and risk further injury.

    Haters are as stupid as the so called “fans” that assualt other fans with different teams colors on.

  9. Bennprince,

    Why do the Colts “deserve” mediocrity? Is the only reason you say that because they have established themselves as one of the class franchises in all of sports for over a decade now? Or are you a fan of a team that really is mediocre because they have mediocre players, coaches and front offices?

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