Peyton Manning won’t play in the Colts’ Week 1 game against the Texans, team vice chairman Bill Polian said and the team confirmed on Wednesday.
“It’s going to be a little different without Peyton. He’s one of a kind,” coach Jim Caldwell said. “When you look across our league, most teams have had quarterbacks that have missed time. Ours has just been highly unusual.”
The Colts earlier this week released a statement saying the quarterback was doubtful to play and was told not to practice as he tries to recover from offseason neck surgery.
Sunday’s game will be the the first time the NFL’s active iron man and four-time MVP has missed a meaningful game after 227 consecutive starts including the playoffs.
“To say I am disappointed in not being able to play is an understatement,” Manning said in a statement released by the team. “The best part about football is being out there on the field playing with my teammates. It will be tough not to be out there playing for the organization and our fans.
“I simply am not healthy enough to play, and I am doing everything I can to get my health back. The team will do fine without me, and I know for sure that I will miss them much more than they miss me.”