While Peyton Manning is making some progress since neck surgery and has maintained optimism, sources tell ESPN's Chris Mortensen that the team's hierarchy does not believe he will be ready when Indianapolis opens the season Sept. 11 at Houston.
Manning said Saturday he will use the next two weeks to get healthy from offseason neck surgery, a timeline that could jeopardize his streak of 227 consecutive starts. Manning signed a five-year, $90 million contract in July after the 4½-month lockout ended.
"I certainly want to be out there, and it's hard to keep track of the hours I've spent in rehab," Manning said. "I was short-changed 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."