The Indianapolis Colts activated Peyton Manning from the physically unable to perform list Monday morning.
The star quarterback will return to practice on a limited basis.
Had Manning remained on the PUP list until this Saturday, when the Colts must make their final round of cuts, he would have been forced to miss the first six weeks of the season.
Practicing on a limited basis is different than getting crushed by 270-pound defensive ends, but this is a big step. The chances of Manning being ready for Week One certainly look better than they did a week ago.
Manning's current streak of 227 games started (including playoff games) leads active quarterbacks.
Peyton Manning is retired, but that doesn't mean he's exempt from the interviews that the NFL plans to conduct as it looks into the allegations made by Al Jazeera's December PED documentary.
It was reported last week by USA Today that the league's senior vice president of labor policy and league affairs Adolpho Birch informed the NFLPA that players named in Al Jazeera's report would be interviewed in July.
Among those scheduled to be interviewed are Packers linebackers Julius Peppers and Clay Matthews and Steelers linebacker James Harrison. Former Packers linebacker Mike Neal will also be interviewed.
(Harrison has taken issue with the league's request, and said on social media that he would only meet with the league if commissioner Roger Goodell showed up to his home.)
Manning was not mentioned in the letter obtained by USA Today detailing the league's interview plans, but Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk followed up on Monday to see if the NFL intended to speak with Manning. It does.
The former Broncos and Colts quarterback has been very vocal about just how strongly he denies Al Jazeera's claim that his wife, Ashley, received HGH for his use. Despite the fact that he's no longer playing, it will come as no surprise if, given his stance, Manning cooperates fully with the league as it seeks more information regarding the report.
As Florio points out, if Manning hopes to return to the NFL at some point as an executive -- as many believe he will -- this is something he'll want to put to bed beforehand. That process will start with an interview.
With New England Patriots organized workouts finished until next month, Phil Perry puts together another 53-man roster projection.
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