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Manning Still Looking to Play vs Houston in Week One

Despite still being sidelined by offseason neck surgery, Colts QB Peyton Manning said Friday night that he is optimistic about being back under center for the September 11 regular-season opener at Houston.

“I sure hope so,” Manning said on the sideline during the CBS telecast of the Indianapolis-Green Bay preseason game at Lucas Oil Stadium. “I’ve never missed a game in my entire (NFL) career because of injury. I sure don’t want to start in Week 1 of this season.

“My goal is to play — not just play but play competitively. I want to help the team win. If I’m able to do so, I’ll be out there.”

“I still have some time. I’m going to use that time. At the appropriate time, I think I’ll know what the right decision is.”

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