Indianapolis quarterback Peyton Manning could be back on the active roster in the next two weeks.
If not, the Colts will have to play the first six games without the four-time MVP.
League rules require players on the physically unable to perform list to be activated by the team’s final cutdown, Sept. 3, or to sit out an additional six weeks.
Conventional wisdom suggests Manning will be activated soon, something coach Jim Caldwell acknowledged Friday night after a 24-21 loss to Green Bay.
"I would say that it’s certainly a realistic possibility here and it could happen shortly," Caldwell said.
That’s the closest Caldwell has come to say when Manning might return.
Indy’s franchise quarterback has been on PUP since practice began Aug. 1, and Caldwell has repeatedly said Manning will practice only after the doctors clear him.
The odds are good the Colts will activate Manning, because it's almost impossible to see him missing six games. If he's going to miss any, it will be early in the season.