Encouraging news for the Colts today, as they announced that quarterback Peyton Manning, who hasn't practiced since undergoing neck surgery in May, has been activated off the Physically Unable to Perform (PUP) list.
The team said that Manning will begin practicing on a limited basis, and "all of his practice work will be scripted and on a controlled basis. The participation in limited football activity is a standard procedure in the club's rehab protocol."
This doesn't mean that Manning is guaranteed to be the Colts' starter on opening day, but it sure does point in that direction. There has been major concern over whether Manning, who has never missed a start since coming into the NFL as the No. 1 overall draft pick in 1998, would be ready for the season.
It's the second neck surgery in the past three years for Manning. The Colts were so concerned about quarterback depth that they signed former Giants quarterback Kerry Collins to a two-year deal last Wednesday.