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INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The Indianapolis Colts are bringing one veteran quarterback out of retirement.
No, not that one.
On Wednesday, the Colts agreed to terms with Kerry Collins to back up Peyton Manning, who would likely replace the four-time MVP in the lineup if Manning can’t start the season. Manning is still recovering from offseason neck surgery.
“It is a good opportunity to have Kerry become part of the team,” coach Jim Caldwell said in a statement released by the Colts. “He is a veteran quarterback who has started many games and he brings dimension and depth to the quarterback position, which will be helpful. He is familiar with our division and will make a great addition to our roster.”
The move is yet another indication Manning’s streak of 227 consecutive starts, including playoff games, is in serious jeopardy.
Manning had surgery May 23 to repair a nerve in his neck, and the recovery has gone slower than expected partially, Manning said, because he couldn’t work out with team trainers during the 4½-month lockout.
On Saturday morning, team owner Jim Irsay spurred more concern when he wrote on Twitter that the Colts had to be prepared for the unthinkable — playing without Manning in the Sept. 11 season-opener at Houston. Later that day, Manning acknowledged he did not expect to play in the final two preseason games.