The Streak is over.
Somewhere, Brett Favre is smiling.
Peyton Manning will not be playing this Sunday for the Indianapolis Colts.
For the first time since 1997, the Colts will have a QB other than Manning starting the season.
Manning, whose consecutive game streak is at 208 games, has been ruled out for Week 1, Colts Vice Chairman Bill Polian said on ESPN Radio 1050 in New York today.
Manning also released a statement Wednesday:
“To say I am disappointed in not being able to play is an understatement. The best part about football is being out there on the field playing with my teammates, Manning said. “It will be tough not to be out there playing for the organization and our fans.
“I simply am not healthy enough to play, and I am doing everything I can to get my health back. The team will do fine without me, and I know for sure that I will miss them much more than they will miss me.”
Next up on the list of consecutive games: Eli Manning, Peyton’s brother, who stands at 103 games, far short of the record held by Favre at 297.
There’s no timetable on when Manning will return from offseason neck surgery. Newly signed Kerry Collins will be his replacement for now.