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Colts quarterback Peyton Manning told by doctors not to practice

September 5, 2011 | 11:30 am

The Indianapolis Colts said Monday that doctors have told quarterback Peyton Manning, who is recovering from off-season neck surgery, not to practice this week. Manning's status against the Houston Texans for Sunday's season opener "will likely be doubtful," the team said.

Manning and the team are awaiting further evaluations from doctors and neurosurgeons regarding his condition. They will follow NFL protocol and update his condition later in the week.

"As of now Peyton continues to deal with a complicated neurological recovery, the end date of which is unpredictable," the team said in the statement. "As was stated at the outset, it serves no useful purpose to speculate about hypothetical outcomes. When and if there are concrete medical facts to report we will do so."

Manning missed the entire preseason for only the second time in his career. The first time, in 2008, came after he needed surgery twice to remove an infected bursa sac in his left knee. He won his third MVP award that season.

Manning has made 227 consecutive starts, including playoff games, since Indy selected him with the No. 1 overall pick in 1998. His 208 consecutive regular-season starts are the most among active players. If Manning can't start Sunday, Tampa Bay Buccaneers cornerback Ronde Barber, who has started 179 straight games, would take over the top spot if he starts Sunday against the Detroit Lions.

-- Houston Mitchell

Photo: Peyton Manning. Credit: Associated Press