Peyton Manning's Backups

Kerry Collins
Photo: Michael Conroy/AP

Kerry Collins

2011

The Colts weren't satisfied with Curtis Painter as their lone option to replace Peyton Manning should his recovery from offseason neck surgery spill into the regular season. So, they signed Collins, 38, who appeared headed for retirement after a career that began with the expansion Panthers in 1995. Collins, who with every passing day looks more likely to start the Colts' opener at the Texans on Sunday, is the latest in a long line of Plan Bs to Manning, who hasn't missed a start since high school and has made 208 straight in the regular season since being drafted No. 1 overall by the Colts in 1998. In all, Manning hasn't missed a regular-season start dating to his days at New Orleans Isidore Newman High School.

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