When Should Peyton Manning Play?

INDIANAPOLIS, IN - AUGUST 19: Peyton Manning of the Indianapolis Colts watches the action during the game against the Washington Redskins at Lucas Oil Stadium on August 19, 2011 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

With Peyton Manning coming off neck surgery, the main-stream media is saying that he will miss at least the first week of the season.  We all know that Peyton at 100% is the best option for the team.  If Peyton has his way, he'll be on the field week 1, but at what cost?  Should Peyton take the field if he is not 100%?  Can anyone really stop him if he wants to?  

We look at the Kerry Collins deal and get confirmation from Papa Polian that he is the official number 2 QB.  So at what point does an injured Peyton Manning become better than a 2-week study Kerry Collins?  I personally think #18 will be out there.  I guess it's just the die-hard Colts fan in me that wants to see him out there.  Heck, even Tom Brady thinks Peyton will be there.

The 90-million dollar question:

At what point should Peyton put himself on the field for week one?

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