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article imageNFL: Injury forces Peyton Manning to miss first game since 1998

By Luke Vermeer     Sep 7, 2011 in Sports
Indianapolis Colts superstar quarterback Peyton Manning will miss the first game of the season as he continues his recovering from off-season neck surgery.
The 4-time MVP had started 227 consecutive games before this season which was tops among active players and second all-time behind Brett Favre's 297 consecutive starts.
The Colts are optimistic that Manning's absence won't affect the team's ability to perform at a high level. All-Pro Defensive End Dwight Freeney told Yahoo Sports, "Obviously, we’re not used to not having him (Manning) out there. He’s a great player. There are 52 other guys on the team, and one guy does not win the game.”
The highly-competitive Manning released a statement through the team website.
“To say I am disappointed in not being able to play is an understatement. The best part about football is being out there on the field 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 will miss me.”
Kerry Collins will start in place of Manning when the Colts host the Houston Texans at 1:00pm on Sunday.
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