Peyton Manning still thinks he can be ready for the Indianapolis Colts’ regular-season opener.
The rest of the preseason appears to be out.
Manning said Saturday he will use the next two weeks to get healthy from offseason neck surgery, a timeline that could put his streak of 227 consecutive starts in jeopardy.
“I certainly want to be out there, and it’s hard to keep track of the hours I’ve spent in rehab,” he said. “I was short-changed a little bit by the lockout and I’m going to need every bit of the next two weeks, and then I can give you more of an update with where I am.”
The only four-time MVP in NFL history spoke at halftime of Saturday’s second high school football game at Lucas Oil Stadium. The annual tripleheader is hosted by the PeyBack Foundation, Manning’s charity.
He underwent neck surgery in May to repair a nerve and has been on the Colts’ physically unable to perform list since the start of training camp.
Manning signed a five-year, $90 million contract in July after the 41/2-month NFL lockout ended.
Since being the No. 1 overall pick in the 1998 draft, Manning has started all 208 regular-season games and 19 more in the playoffs, the second-longest streak for a quarterback in league history behind only Brett Favre.
Pryor won’t appeal
Terrelle Pryor worked out for 17 NFL teams Saturday in Greensburg, Pa., and said afterward he wouldn’t appeal his five-week suspension at the start of the NFL season.
With the former Ohio State quarterback trying to prove he should be taken in Monday’s supplemental draft, spectators included Pittsburgh Steelers coach Mike Tomlin and director of football operations Kevin Colbert and Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay.
“Whatever team I have an opportunity to play for, I will sign a contract,” Pryor said.“I will not forego it and enter into next year’s draft.”
Pryor, appearing in top shape, worked out at a high school stadium near his hometown of Jeannette, Pa. He ran the 40-yard dash in 4.36 seconds and threw an array of passes.
“I would like the opportunity to play quarterback,” he said, “but I’ll do anything that a team needs me to do to win.”
Other NFL teams represented were Buffalo, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Dallas, Detroit, Kansas City, Miami, New England, New Orleans, Oakland, Philadelphia, San Diego, San Francisco, Tampa Bay and Washington.
At least one team came away not impressed enough.
Irsay posted on his Twitter account: “Not taking Pryor … what VET QB would u vote 4 to sign that’s out there? If sum1 has 2 hold the fort early season, who u going with?”
Fitzgerald cashes in
The Arizona Cardinals and Larry Fitzgerald have agreed to an eight-year deal that could pay the star receiver as much as $120 million, making it one of the richest deals in the NFL.
Also, the team announed that rookie running back Ryan Williams will undergo surgery early next week to repair a ruptured patella tendon in his right knee. The season-ending injury for the second-round draft pick out of Virginia Tech came in the Cardinals’ 28-20 loss at Green Bay Friday night.
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