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:

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Strahan Could Return To New York Giants For $8M

The first prayer hastily muttered by Giants head coach Tom Coughlin after defensive end Osi Umenyiora was carted out of the stadium with a knee injury last weekend: “Dear Lord, let Osi be alright ’cause we’re really gonna need him this season…”

Michael Strahan drinks milk

Promptly followed by: “… but just in case you see fit to hobble him indefinitely, let Brett Favre’s spirit move over Michael Strahan as we try to talk him out of retirement.”

Umenyiora’s out for the season, which means that the Giants will be without their best pass rusher. Just so happens, there’s a pretty good one still available, even though he no longer plays football and is now in the employ of Fox Sports. Semantics, apparently.

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