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Manning, Walters active for Sunday

INDIANAPOLIS --Peyton Manning threw without pain at practice Friday and his coach thinks he will be ready to face the Patriots.

The Colts' quarterback had a limited practice Wednesday and
Thursday after feeling a twinge in his right elbow Wednesday. On
Friday, he did most of his usual workout leading to Sunday's game
against AFC East-leading New England (9-2).

"We wanted to see if he was able to throw without any pain,"
coach Tony Dungy said. "He did and we're satisfied."

Manning declined to take questions for the second straight day.
He leads the NFL with 3,105 yards and a 67.4 percent completion
percentage. His 98.8 passer rating is second to Steve McNair, and both
are leading contenders for the MVP Award.

Manning has made 91 straight starts since the Colts (9-2) made
him the first overall pick in the 1998 NFL draft. He has never
missed a game and if he starts Sunday, Manning will tie Johnny
Unitas' franchise record for most consecutive starts by a
quarterback.

Tight end Marcus Pollard practiced for the second straight day
and Dungy expected him to play Sunday, too. Also expected back is
wide receiver Troy Walters, who had a pulled hamstring.

Starting right tackle Ryan Diem did not practice Friday because
of a staph infection in his leg. Dungy said Diem could start
Sunday.

If Diem does not, Adam Meadows most likely will replace him.
Meadows has started all but five games in his first six seasons
with the Colts.