It appears that Indianapolis Colts quarterback Peyton Manning will get the start during Week 1 when they host the Chicago Bears on September 7, according to the Associated Press and confirmed by team head coach Tony Dungy, with Dungy adding, “I would be shocked if he’s not there (a week from) Sunday. He would have to have a dramatic setback. Right now, every step we’ve taken has been good.”
Manning, who has never missed a start in his entire career, has made significant progress in coming back from having surgery to remove an infected bursa sac from his left knee. He was activated from the “physically-unable-to-perform” list on Tuesday then did some light work at practice; with no soreness in the knee as a result, the coaches increased his workload. He suited up for Thursday’s game against the Cincinnati Bengals, but did not play. So again, you can almost bet the house note that Manning will be under center on September 7 against the Bears.