INDIANAPOLIS — Peyton Manning has quarterbacked the Colts every game since Sept. 6, 1998. He won't this weekend.
Manning, whose streak of 208 straight regular-season starts (227 counting playoff games) is tops among active players, will be in street clothes when the team opens the season at Houston on Sunday, recovering from neck surgery while Kerry Collins starts in his place.
"It's going to be a little different without Peyton," coach Jim Caldwell said.
The streak is the second longest in history among quarterbacks, behind Brett Favre, whose 297-game run (321 including the postseason) ended last season.
Collins, who was brought out of retirement two weeks ago to run the Colts' pass-heavy offense, has been preparing as though he would start.
"I expect to run the offense, bottom line," he said. "Make plays when they're there, be smart with the ball, make good reads, good decisions, get us into the right plays when the situation calls for it."
Ready to take over Manning's streak for quarterbacks is his brother, Giants quarterback Eli Manning, who has 110 straight starts, including postseason play.
Jags dropped Garrard over bad practice
JACKSONVILLE — Luke McCown, who hasn't started since the 2007 season finale and hasn't played since Week 2 of last season, will be the starting quarterback for the Jaguars against the Titans on Sunday.
How it happened became more clear Wednesday, when coach Jack Del Rio said David Garrard's three-interception performance in practice Monday prompted the switch and Garrard's stunning release.
"I think that was the last straw," Del Rio said.
Del Rio acknowledged the timing wasn't ideal. Garrard was released five days before the opener. "I don't like the idea that the timing went down the way it did, but it did," he said. "You deal with things as you have to. We took that one to the last possible minute because it was something that we continued to hold out hope for."
In the preseason, Garrard completed 50 percent of his passes for 216 yards, with no touchdowns and an interception. Former Buc McCown completed 12 of 18 passes for 133 yards and two scores. He didn't have a turnover and didn't take a sack.
Newton gets call from Vick: Panthers rookie quarterback Cam Newton said he was surprised when Eagles quarterback Michael Vick called last week to give him advice. Newton, who will start this week against Arizona, said he idolized Vick, who was the No. 1 overall draft pick in 2001 and has overcome his share of adversity. Newton, the No. 1 pick in this year's draft, said, "Whatever he says right now is golden."
Cardinals: Rookie Patrick Peterson, the fifth overall pick in the draft, will start at cornerback against the Panthers because of a season-ending knee injury to starter Greg Toler.
Chargers: Punter Mike Scifres agreed to a five-year extension that will keep him with the team through 2016 and is believed to be in the $19 million-$20 million range, with $8 million guaranteed.
Chiefs: Quarterback Matt Cassel said he expects to start against Buffalo, despite concerns over his banged-up ribs. Cassel took snaps with the first-team offense for the 15 minutes of practice the media was allowed to observe, rolling to his right and throwing across his body on several occasions with plenty of zip on his spirals.
Cowboys: Starting cornerback Terence Newman didn't practice and likely won't play against the Jets on Sunday because of a lingering groin problem. Cornerback Mike Jenkins and right tackle Tyron Smith left practice with a knee injuries; both were to have MRI exams and were considered day to day.
Seahawks: Veteran offensive lineman Robert Gallery (sprained right knee) and wide receiver Sidney Rice (sore shoulder), two of the team's biggest offseason acquisitions in free agency, are uncertain for Sunday against San Francisco. Coach Pete Carroll didn't rule out either but said they would need to get on the practice field.
Texans: Running back Arian Foster said he may not know if he will play Sunday against Indianapolis because of a hamstring injury until just before kickoff.