Last night on his weekly call-in radio show Colts vice chairman Bill Polian was asked a question by a fan about Peyton Manning and why, despite his neck ailments, he was still on the active roster.
Polian answered by saying that the Colts want to keep Peyton on the active roster so that, perhaps, towards the end of the regular season, Peyton can start practicing again. Polian then went on to say that end-of-the-season practice was the team’s goal for Peyton, not necessarily to have him play in games.
Polian said the fear of playing Peyton in games mostly revolves around the current state of the Colts offensive line. Apparently, the Colts don’t want to just throw Peyton out there and have him play behind a patchwork of nobodys blocking in front of him. The team has lost three starters along the line already this season, and has been shuffling linemen around week-to-week.