INDIANAPOLIS (AP) -Peyton Manning might be activated by the Indianapolis Colts on Tuesday, although the two-time NFL Most Valuable Player is not expected to play in the team's final preseason game Thursday night.
Manning underwent surgery July 14 to have an infected bursa sac removed from his left knee and has been on the physically unable to perform list the entire preseason. He has never missed a regular-season start in his 10-year career.
``We have a chance to get Peyton activated and out to practice. So we'll see how that goes,'' Colts coach Tony Dungy said Monday.
Manning got limited light work in practice last week and was on the sideline, but not in uniform, during Sunday night's 20-7 loss to the Buffalo Bills. Backup quarterback Jim Sorgi, who started the first three preseason games in place of Manning, also missed Sunday's game because of a sore knee.
Dungy said the Colts would not thrust Manning into a full workout schedule, even if he is activated.
``I think we'll ease him in and see how he practices and what he's able to do,'' Dungy said. ``We'll see from there.''
Manning did not speak with reporters Monday.
Dungy said with only three days to prepare for the Bengals, Manning is not likely to play Thursday against Cincinnati. Sorgi, kick returner T.J. Rushing and center Jeff Saturday also could miss the game because of knee ailments.
Rushing was hurt early in the first quarter against the Bills, and Saturday left in the third quarter. Sorgi was scratched after battling a sore knee in practice last week. He was hurt in the Colts' 16-9 win at Atlanta on Aug. 16, although the injury didn't appear to be serious at the time.
All three underwent MRIs on Monday, but the results were not immediately announced.
Dungy also said rookie tight end Tom Santi and wide receiver Roy Hall might return to practice this week.
Santi also has been on the physically unable to perform list after undergoing a surgery similar to Manning's in early July. Hall has been nursing a strained hamstring for the past two weeks.
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