Peyton Manning's rehabilitation from neck surgery has slowed enough that the Indianapolis Colts are holding the quarterback out of practice. In a statement released by the team Monday, the Colts said the quarterback's status for Sunday's opener will "likely be doubtful."
The team statement explained that Manning started to have soreness in his back over the weekend, which initially was thought to be a normal part of his rehabilitation regimen following May neck surgery. However, when the soreness continued the Colts medical staff initiated tests and consulted with specialists. As that evaluation process continues, team doctors have decided that Manning will not practice.
The Colts remain in doubt as to when Manning will be able to play again, reports NFL Network's Jason La Canfora, citing team and league sources.
Manning and the Colts are looking for more information as to why his recovery is taking this long. Sources told La Canfora there has been no additional surgical procedure scheduled.
The fact that Manning and the team are still looking for answers could indicate the report of him missing 4-5 games has some truth behind it. Obviously all Colt players will take a hit with this news. Kerry Collins looks to be the Colts starter until Manning returns.