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Monday, September 19, 2011
On Manning treatment, Collins alternatives

By Paul Kuharsky
ESPN.com

Pulling out all the stops to get well, Peyton Manning went to Europe to undergo stem cell treatment to try to regenerate nerves in his neck, reports Jay Glazer.

I find no fault in the effort.

Clearly, Manning wanted to do everything possible to rebound from his May neck surgery before deciding to have the more serious operation that ended his consecutive regular-season games starting streak at 208.

Doubtlessly, he got every opinion and did extensive research on his options and took a swing at a treatment that’s not offered in the U.S.

It didn’t do what he hoped, and he wound up having the bigger surgery. He’s expected to need at least three months to recover from it.

Meanwhile, the Colts fell to 0-2 with an ugly loss to Cleveland.

It left Bob Kravitz wondering if Indianapolis shouldn’t pull out all the stops and go pull Brett Favre out of retirement. Kerry Collins is not the answer, Kravitz says. He ever suggests they turn to Curtis Painter.

I suspect the stubborn Colts have chosen their alternate quarterback and will stick with Collins, expecting things to improve. But that doesn’t mean it’s the right thing.

And they’ve passed on opportunities two weeks in a row to make a pronouncement about Collins being their long-term guy.

Says Kravitz; “Suddenly, the whole ‘it's a marathon, not a sprint’ thing sounds like a threat.”