Peyton's health the key to Colts' options

Updated: August 12, 2011, 4:49 PM ET
By Eric Karabell
It's all about health with the Indianapolis Colts, because if we knew we could count on quarterback Peyton Manning, running back Joseph Addai and wide receivers not named Reggie Wayne -- and even he has dealt with injuries the past few seasons -- there would be no concerns. Manning is coming off a season in which he posted his most passing yards and second-most touchdown passes, but he's coming off neck surgery. Addai has scored 47 touchdowns in five seasons, but he played only eight games last season. Then you have Wayne's knee, Dallas Clark's wrist, Austin Collie's head … hmm, I'm thinking trusted colleague/injury expert Stephania Bell should just move to the great state of Indiana and follow this team 24/7.

Fantasy owners are showing caution in how they draft Colts, and while I've been pretty consistent in my trust of Manning, I have to admit this team could look like a house of cards without him. I was asked about top-10 wide receiver Wayne recently and discussed the risks associated with him, but the biggest concern is not his age, but rather the fact that Curtis Painter or Dan Orlovsky could be the ones slingin' the pigskin in his direction, not a future Hall of Famer.