August 21, 2011

NFL Notebook: Manning hopes he'll be ready to open season

The Associated Press

INDIANAPOLIS - Peyton Manning still thinks he can be ready for the Indianapolis Colts' regular-season opener.

The rest of the preseason appears to be out.

Manning said Saturday he will use the next two weeks to get healthy from offseason neck surgery, a timeline that could put his streak of 227 consecutive starts in jeopardy.

"I certainly want to be out there, and it's hard to keep track of the hours I've spent in rehab," he said. "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."

Manning, the only four-time MVP in NFL history, underwent neck surgery in May to repair a nerve and has been on the Colts' physically unable to perform list since the start of training camp.

While Colts Coach Jim Caldwell hasn't said when Manning might return to the practice field, it's clear there are concerns within the organization.

About six hours before Manning spoke, team owner Jim Irsay used his Twitter account to acknowledge there is a possibility the Colts will start the season without their No. 1 quarterback.

Manning said he was unaware of Irsay's comments because he had been busy rehabbing. He signed a five-year, $90 million contract in July after the 4 1/2-month lockout ended.

Since being the No. 1 overall pick in the 1998 draft, Manning has started all 208 regular-season games and 19 more in the playoffs, the second-longest streak for a QB in league history behind Brett Favre.

But the recovery from the second operation on his neck in 15 months has been slower than expected.

TERRELLE PRYOR worked out for 17 NFL teams and said afterward he wouldn't appeal his five-week suspension at the start of the NFL season.

The NFL allowed Pryor into the supplemental draft Thursday with the caveat that he wouldn't be allowed to practice for the team that selected him until Week 6. He would have faced a five-game suspension had he stayed at Ohio State.

CARDINALS: Rookie running back Ryan Williams will undergo surgery early next week to repair a ruptured patella tendon in his right knee.

The season-ending injury for the second-round draft pick came in Arizona's 28-20 loss at Green Bay on Friday night.

EAGLES: Wide receiver Jeremy Maclin and defensive tackle Mike Patterson returned to the team and could be in uniform for Philadelphia's regular-season opener Sept. 11.

Maclin underwent five months of tests from various specialists to determine why he was experiencing fevers, trouble sleeping and weight loss.

Although the tests were inconclusive, doctors on Wednesday cleared Maclin to return to football after ruling out anything serious..

Patterson suffered a seizure on Aug. 3. Tests determined the seizure was caused by a brain AVM (arteriovenous malformation), a prenatal tangling of blood vessels.

The Eagles re-signed veteran offensive lineman Reggie Wells.


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