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Manning spending time watching film

Tuesday, August 5, 2008

By MICHAEL MAROT

AP Sports Writer

TERRE HAUTE -- Peyton Manning is living up to his reputation as a film critic.

Right now, that's about all he can do.

Manning, who moved last week to Terre Haute, Ind., the site of Indianapolis' training camp, still hasn't been seen on the practice field. But he's been reviewing game films, play scripts, even practice films while he rehabilitates from surgery to have an infected bursa sac removed from his left knee. He had the surgery July 14.

"I think he was pleased with the way the offense moved the ball (in Sunday's game) -- and disappointed that we didn't score more touchdowns in the red zone," coach Tony Dungy said Tuesday. "That's something that we've been working on. But I think he was like all of us, that he felt like we had some things we can build on."

Dungy still has not said when Manning will show up on the field, but he's not expected to practice until after the Colts leave Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology on Aug. 15.

Team president Bill Polian said Sunday that his recovery is on schedule.

Manning is one of five starters on the physically unable to perform list. The others are: 2007 defensive player of the year Bob Sanders, 2004 league sacks champion Dwight Freeney, linebacker Tyjuan Hagler and guard Ryan Lilja.

All except Manning have at least been on the field for some practices.

But while Manning has remained out of sight, Dungy insists he hasn't been out of touch with what the Colts are doing.

"He's getting the practice tape. He's getting the (practice) script. He knows what's going on at every practice. So he's doing fine," Dungy said. "He's like he always is. It's no different for him than if he was actually out there, and that's what makes him good.

"He's analyzing every practice, everything we do, and he's putting himself in position so when he does come back, it won't be like he's been totally away from it. "

The Colts are dealing with a handful of other injuries following Sunday's 30-16 loss to Washington in the Hall of Fame Game.

Receivers Roy Hall and Pierre Garcon are both out with hamstring injuries and are not expected to play Saturday against Carolina. Defensive end Jeff Charleston pulled a groin muscle and running back Chad Simpson rolled his ankle.

Simpson was the only one who practiced Tuesday morning, the only full squad workout of the day.

Two linebackers, recently signed Brandon Archer (ankle) and second-year player Victor Worsley (hamstring), were scheduled to have MRIs on Tuesday night.

Dungy also announced that linebacker Philip Wheeler, a third-round pick, has had surgery on his left knee and is expected to miss a couple of weeks. Defensive back Michael Coe could miss even more time after hurting his knee in Friday's practice. Coe has had surgery scheduled, but Dungy did not say when it would take place.

As for Manning, Dungy believes everything is all right.

"He's critiqued the game film. He gave me his impressions of the game," Dungy said. "So I think we're getting back to normal."



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