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Peyton Manning

The quarterback of the Indianapolis Colts — and the apparent face of the NFL — had his left knee operated on in order to remove an infected bursa sac. Manning is expected to be out four-to-six weeks, meaning he will likely miss most of training camp and the NFL’s preseason, which begins on August 3rd when the Colts take on the Redskins.

Obviously, Manning will be missing that little scrimmage.

There’s also a question about the quarterback being healthy for the start of the season; however, the Colts leadership circle doesn’t share the same sentiment:

In a statement released by the team Monday evening, President Bill Polian described the surgery as “routine,” adding team physicians “expect a full and complete return to action in four to six weeks.”

That timetable makes it likely Manning will miss the bulk of training camp, which opens July 24 in Terre Haute, and the five-game preseason schedule. Barring any complications, Manning should have enough time to regain his timing and conditioning and be ready for the regular-season opener.

Does the news about Manning’s knee further the seemingly growing belief the Colts will fall back to the pack this season?