I know we are all waiting for the good news regarding the new collective bargaining agreement, but we kind of have to report on some news that is, unfortunately, not so great. According to Bob Kravitz of the Indianapolis Star, Peyton Manning will not be ready for the start of training camp when the lockout ends. This news isn't a shocker because Manning himself told Chris Mortensen two weeks ago that he had doubts about being ready for camp.
Still, that doesn't make this news any less annoying.
A source familiar with Manning's health situation said Tuesday that Manning will not be able to participate at the outset, and at this point, there's no way of knowing how much time he might miss.
It could be a week. It could be a couple of weeks. Or even most, or all, of training camp.
We went through this song and dance back in 2008, when Peyton missed all of training camp and preseason as he rehabbed his knee after they removed the bursa sac in July. Missing all that time forced the Colts to rush him back for Week One that season. The team opened Lucas Oil Stadium with a blowout loss to the Bears. Manning clearly wasn't ready to play, and the team looked completely out of sync. Hopefully, the Colts won't repeat that same debacle.
The only other quarterback on this roster is (groan) Curtis Painter. Look for the Colts to sign another couple of quarterbacks as camp opens. Maybe we can see a repeat of Tom Brandstater.