- Associated Press - Thursday, August 25, 2011

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - Quarterback Curtis Painter will get one more chance to prove he can run the Colts offense Friday.

After that, it’s anybody’s guess.

The backup to Peyton Manning is expected to start against defending champion Green Bay, just two days after Indianapolis brought Kerry Collins out of retirement. Manning is still recovering from offseason neck surgery and may not be ready for the Sept. 11 season-opener at Houston.

Coach Jim Caldwell hasn’t said whether Collins will play against the Packers. But Collins believes he needs extensive work with his new teammates before next week’s preseason finale against Cincinnati.

The Packers defense may not be at full strength, either, but All-Pro linebacker Clay Matthews is expected to play despite a nagging hamstring injury.



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