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.