Peyton Manning Might Not Be Ready For Opener

In today’s Monday Morning Quarterback column, SPORTS ILLUSTRATED’s Peter King takes a break from slurping Brett Favre to talk about two of his other (albeit lesser) NFL love interests: Tom Brady and Peyton Manning.

Petyon Manning, sexy beast

Two of the league’s best quarterbacks have yet to take a preseason snap, and it looks like Brady won’t make an appearance until Week 1 of the regular season. And for Manning, it could be later than that. At least according to the rumor mill:

I think, regarding the best two players in football, this is my gut feeling: Tom Brady certainly plays the New England opener against Kansas City. Manning is 60-40 to play Indy’s against Chicago. There’s a reason why I wrote the Manning story atop MMQB last week, and much of it has to do with what transpired this week — the reports (which I heard and could not confirm) of Manning having a second surgery on the left knee.

Wait, what? King things Brady and Manning are better than Favre? That’s the story of the preseason, people. Seriously, if Manning recently had a second surgery, that could spell doom for the Colts.

I know, it’s way too early to start declaring the 2008 season a lost cause, but did anybody see Jared Lorenzen last night? Hardly inspiring unless you’re looking for somebody to compete in a hot dog eating contest. And as bleh as Lorenzen was, Quinn Gray looked every bit the part of the soon-to-be-cut fourth-teamer that he is.

If there’s a bright spot, Indianapolis faces Chicago in the season opener. So in a sense, the Colts will have a fifth preseason game and an extra week to get Manning healthy.