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At 4 p.m. ET on Wednesday, Peyton Manning officially became a free agent. The Indianapolis Colts filed the paperwork with the league so it's all official. This means any time can begin pursuing Manning, which usually starts with a phone call to the agent.
The Colts probably already have a good idea of what the market is for him. They also probably have numbers in mind as far as a contract goes. With multiple teams potentially involved, Manning's going to have the leverage here, the ability to choose the best spot for him and he'll get paid a ton of money for it.
Except to start seeing reports of teams "inquiring" about Manning. There's already one such report from the Denver Post that states the Broncos will "at least check out his interest" but that in the end they're likely to stick with Tim Tebow.
Almost every team in the league should be at least exploring the idea of Manning. A team with a strong need at quarterback obviously makes the most sense, but Manning is regarded highly enough that even teams with good-but-not-great quarterbacks will be checking him out.
Pat Kirwan of CBSSports.com has an excellent look into what might be coming as Peyton Manning embarks on his first ever free agency tour. Put simply, Manning will control the entire process. Kirwan speaks from experience from the last time a free agent as highly regarded as Manning hit the market.
I was deeply involved in the attempt to recruit the late Reggie White when free agency first began back in 1993. He wouldn't even visit unless I guaranteed we would not be outbid for his services, he wasn't going to work out, and he wanted a press conference during his stop in New York.
Trust me, Peyton Manning will control this whole process.
That includes the medical parts of all this. Manning doesn't have to let the doctors of other teams examine him. He won't have to work out for a team, if he doesn't want to. That's significant because the biggest question mark with Manning is his health. That'll make a few teams uncomfortable.
Kirwan's entire article is worth a read but this part sums it up:
We are going to hear that at least a dozen teams are interested in "kicking the tires" on Peyton Manning. Forget about some investigative approach. Bring lots of cash and hope he likes your situation. A left tackle who can pass block, at least three good receivers and one great one. He can provide a few receivers if yours aren't up to par. He'll want a solid running back, nice weather, a defense that creates turnovers and a head coach and offensive coordinator that embrace the concept of him running the offense.
The Peyton Manning press conference is over and the reaction from Indianapolis Colts fans is that the press conference went about as well as expected. Both Manning and team owner Jim Irsay were emotional at times as they said their public goodbyes and SB Nation's Colts blog, Stampede Blue, tweets that both sides "came out looking good."
I'd agree with that. There has been some perceived tension between Irsay and Manning because we've seen leaks from both camps stating their case so I was curious to see how this press conference would go. We only know Manning as this quarterback that's always in control so it was unusual to see him expressing emotion and getting choked up talking about his departure from Indianapolis.
Manning also spoke to the Colts fans, thanking them for their support over the last decade-plus.
I'm not leaving Indianapolis. This city has been so great to me and it's still a huge part of my life. It's a departure from the Colts but certainly not from the great city of Indianapolis.
A few times Irsay referenced Manning's impact not just on the Colts franchise but the city of Indianapolis and state of Indiana. You gotta wonder if the Colts even have a new stadium that cost hundreds of millions of dollars without Manning. It's going to be weird to see Manning on another team next season.
To the Andrew Luck era we go...
Now that the Indianapolis Colts have officially announced the departure of Peyton Manning we move onto the question everyone wants to know: where will he play in 2012? There are the favorites -- the Dolphins and Redskins -- and then there are some darkhorse candidates.
SB Nation's Brad Wells, who runs Stampede Blue, has a surprise candidate for Manning's next destination in SB Nation's latest YouTube offering:
The Broncos have been brought up by others and, while they're certainly not among the favorites, I can see why they'd be considered a dark horse candidate. John Elway was once an aging quarterback who managed to pull in a couple of Super Bowls.
Wells also brought up another good point: if Manning wins a Super Bowl with another team, is he the greatest quarterback of all time? He may not have the Super Bowl victories of a Tom Brady but winning it all with two teams would be very, very impressive.
Check out the full video above for more on the type of offense Manning will bring with him to his next team and just who that next team might be.
The Indianapolis Colts conducted a Wednesday press conference to officially announce the departure of Peyton Manning, who now becomes one of the most high-profile free agents of all time. This is a huge day for the rest of the NFL because quarterbacks of Manning's caliber rarely (if ever) become available in free agency.
Manning confirmed that he planned to play for someone in 2012, he's just not sure where. He was asked a few times about where he might play next season and he mostly side-stepped the question, choosing instead to reflect on his time in Indianapolis.
This town and this team mean so much to me. It truly has been an honor to play in Indiaanpols. I do love it here. I love the fans and I will always enjoy having played for such a great team. I will leave the Colts with nothing but good thoughts and gratitude for Jim, the organization, my teammates, the media and especially the fans.
I haven't thought yet about where I'll play but I have thought about a lot where I've been. I've truly been blessed. I've been blessed to play here and be in the NFL.
I got a feeling he's put at least some thought into where he'll play next.
Manning noted that he really isn't sure what the next step is for him because he's never been a free agent. But the rest of the league is ready and the bidding for Manning services starts now.
For Indianapolis Colts fans, Wednesday's press conference announcing the release of Peyton Manning was a sad day, the end of an era. But for the fan bases of many other teams, it was a day to celebrate. Manning is en route to free agency.
Manning, who missed the entire 2011 season due to a neck injury, said he's been making progress on his bid to return to the field in 2012.
I've still got some work to do, some progress to make. But I've come a long way and I've really worked hard. I can't tell you the hours and time I've put into working hard. I really enjoy being back out there.
Manning said he's been throwing to some of his old teammates, including Reggie Wayne. He says the 2011 season was difficult but things are getting easier now that he can actually throw the ball and get on the field.
I'm feeling closer and closer. I have to remind myself that it is March. I have a hard time of doing that at times. It sure does feel comfortable, feels like home being back out there. For not being out on the field in September, October and November, that was personally difficult so it's nice to have that freedom. I'm working hard and still have some work to do and I look forward to doing that work.
There wasn't much hesitation when Manning was asked if he'll be back. He said he was confident he'll be able to play but hasn't thought much about his next team.
Check out this piece from SB Nation's medical expert on the real issue with Manning's rehab.
Both Peyton Manning and Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay were teary-eyed at times as they officially announced Manning's release at a Wednesday news conference. The two have been together since the Colts drafted Manning with the No. 1 overall pick in the 1998 NFL draft and things came to an end on Wednesday as the Colts sent Manning off to free agency.
Irsay had to stop and compose himself a couple of times throughout his speech as he talked about the process that led to Wednesday's press conference.
The 18 jersey will never be worn again by a Colt on the field," Irsay said. "This process has been a long difficult process. I know Peyton and I have had numerous conversations over the months and we always kept trying to come back to the circumstances that were before us. We tried to put each other in each other's shoes and tried to realize what the situation was for the franchise, what it was for Peyton and in the end those circumstances were too difficult to overcome.
Those circumstances, as Irsay explained, were mostly the Colts salary cap situation. The Colts are rebuilding now, something Irsay said several times. It simply didn't make any sense for him to stay on the Colts roster but it was still a difficult day for the Colts organization and their fans.
The good times we've had together, the laughs we've shared together, growing up together in the organization when a 37 year old owner met a 22 year old player coming out of Tennessee and the dreams that we had and experienced are just beyond my imagination. As difficult as this is, I know that our journey togeher hasn't ended. It's just begun.
Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay and superstar quarterback Peyton Manning held an emotional press conference on Wednesday to announce that the team and their most recognizable player will be amicably parting ways after 14 seasons together.
Irsay explained the situation and the reasoning behind the Colts' decision:
As a franchise with the salary cap, we're rebuilding and we're definitely a few years away. I want to see him come back and play great. There's no question about it. It's just here, you know, just like in 2001 when he was completely healthy and everything else and we didn't have everything to surround him, I want that opportunity for him as well to succeed at the end of his career.
Manning will certainly receive any number of opportunities to succeed. Many NFL teams are rumored to be interested in pursuing the new free agent.
Following the emotional announcements by Irsay and Manning, the pair opened the floor to questions. One reporter asked whether Manning feels he is still able to play and contribute.
"I am confident. I don't know what these next steps are. This is all new to me. This is the only team I've ever known and I've always known the month of March as the offseason, getting ready to go play for the Colts. This is uncharted territory for me."
Manning will have no shortage of teams attempting to court him in the coming months.
The Indianapolis Colts have done what we all knew they eventually would -- release Peyton Manning. The iconic Indianapolis quarterback now becomes a free agent, perhaps the most sought after free agent in NFL history.
The next question is: where does Manning play next?
You could point to a number of teams because, let's be honest, one of the greatest quarterbacks in history fits on just about every team. Manning will be wanted by a lot of teams.
One of the teams that makes a lot of sense is the Washington Redskins and, according to a report from the Washington Post, the Redskins plans to make an "aggressive" run at Manning.
Several people familiar with the Redskins' plans said the team is comfortable with the risks associated with signing Manning, who missed all of last season with the Colts after undergoing a series of neck surgeries. The team will pursue him intently, they said. Redskins officials declined to comment.
They currently have no quarterback of the future on the roster and Mike Shanahan once had a lot of success with an older quarterback by the name of John Elway. They have the cap space to afford him and many think they'll be pursuing him.
The problem with Washington, at least one I see, is that they play in the same division as Peyton's brother, Eli, and the New York Giants. Would he really want to play against his brother twice a year? Some wonder if he would. Manning has also played his entire career in Indianapolis, which is a far cry from the bright lights of Washington D.C. Some wonder if he would prefer a smaller city, like Indianapolis.
Manning will have plenty of options in free agency. Some team is going to instantly become a Super Bowl contender.
The Indianapolis Colts will be hosting a 12 p.m. ET press conference to announce the release of longtime quarterback Peyton Manning. This has been a longtime coming but it's actually going to happen. The press conference is of national interest as even CNN plans to air it live.
You can watch a live stream of the press conference in a few different spots. The Colts will be hosting one at their website, which you can view here. ESPN will also have live online streaming. You can also watch it on regular old TV at ESPN or NFL Network.
The interest in this press conference is very high, obviously. A player of Manning's caliber, even with some health question marks, rarely hits free agency. Manning will become a free agent on Wednesday afternoon after the Colts make it official with the league.
This has to be a strange day for the Indianapolis Colts. At 12 p.m. ET, Colts owner Jim Irsay will officially announce that the team is releasing Peyton Manning, the iconic quarterback who has worn No. 18 in Indy for the last 13 years. They're losing one of the greatest players to ever step on the field and a player that put the Colts on the map in the football world.
SB Nation's Colts blog, Stampede Blue, says Wednesday's announcement should be a day to celebrate Manning's career in Indy.
In the coming weeks we'll dive into the decision that we all knew was inevitable after the Colts secured the No. 1 overall pick, but today should be for celebrating the greatest QB in NFL history, remembering everything he did for the Colts, the city, and its fans.
Today, let's remember the 'Laser Rocket Arm', and hope we get to see it again, albeit in another uniform. Just hope he doesn't beat the Colts too bad when he does.
But don't feel too bad for the Colts. They had an elite quarterback for the last 13 years and in April they'll be drafting a player who has as much hype as Manning did in 1998. It will soon be Andrew Luck's team, and not Peyton Manning's, which is still hard to imagine.
Peyton Manning is about to become one of the most high-profile free agents in NFL history. Is he healthy enough to play and where might he find his next team?
No one has any idea where Peyton Manning will play next year after the Colts release him. But people keep asking, so here are some answers. Whether they make sense or not.
The Indianapolis Colts have a press conference planned for Wednesday afternoon, where they'll announce the departure of their iconic quarterback, Peyton Manning. This move has been expected for some time but the news of his release has caught the eye of Arizona Cardinals defensive lineman Darnell Dockett, who took to Twitter on Tuesday night and said: "Peyton to AZ!!!!!!"
The Cardinals are expected to be one of the teams in on the pursuit for Manning. They have Kevin Kolb under contract after signing him to a longterm deal last year, but that's not expected to stop them from at least exploring the idea of adding Manning.
Clearly, Dockett realizes what Manning could do for Arizona. He's one of the league's all-time great quarterbacks and these types of players rarely hit free agency.
The fact that Larry Fitzgerald, one of the game's best receivers, is with the Cardinals probably doesn't hurt Dockett's Manning campaign.
The Indianapolis Colts are expected to announce on Wednesday that they will be releasing superstar quarterback Peyton Manning. The team has called a noon press conference, and Manning and Colts owner Jim Irsay are both expected to be present detailing the reportedly amicable split.
It's possible the split truly is as amicable as the Colts and Manning want everyone to believe. Manning and Irsay were on the same flight to Indianapolis on Tuesday night, and they left the airport in the same car, briefly stopping to tell a group of reporters they'd talk more on Wednesday.
"We'll see y'all tomorrow," Manning said, repeating himself several times while dodging questions. "We'll talk tomorrow. We're good. We're going to talk tomorrow. We're going to do it the right way tomorrow."
From RTV6 in Indianapolis:
The Colts are believed to be parting ways with Manning in order to not only save some money on the quarterback's pricey contract, but to make room for suspected No. 1 overall draft pick Andrew Luck. Luck, formerly of the Stanford Cardinal, is projected by many to be NFL-ready with very little preparation.
With Peyton Manning reportedly on the verge of free agency, it's only a matter of time before the rumor mill links him with any team currently without a Pro Bowl signal-caller. And if 49ers legend Jerry Rice has his way, his former team will be first in line.
Would you make a push for Manning?
"I would. If he's a free agent. I think you go for it. A guy of that talent, you've got everything in place. You've got a defense that smacks you in the mouth. You just need a little more out of the offense. That's not knocking what Alex [Smith] did. (Manning) can take you to a whole different level.
"If he goes to the Washington Redskins, and him going there, I guarantee they win 10 games. If he goes to Miami, they win 10 games. And I know what you're going to say: ‘If he's healthy ... '
"If he's healthy, he's going to have a chip on his shoulder and he's going to be pissed."
"[Jim] Harbaugh might be looking at this totally different."
For now, it seems that Harbaugh is in fact looking at this differently. According to Jason La Canfora of NFL.com, the team remains focused on signing Alex Smith to a long-term deal instead of holding out for a shot at Manning. It's possible those talks could turn on a dime, though, as Smith and Manning are both represented by agent Tom Condon.
Peyton Manning has not yet given any thought to where he will play next, his brother Cooper Manning told Jim Corbett of USA TODAY. Cooper did confirm ESPN's report earlier Tuesday that his younger brother will be released by the Indianapolis Colts on Wednesday. From USA TODAY:
"Peyton and I talked today and had a good chat,'' the eldest Manning brother said by phone from his home in New Orleans. "He's going through kind of an emotional time right now. Until it was over, he was a Colt through and through."
[...] "I don't think Peyton's done any personal diligence on what the next step is," Cooper Manning said. "Now he'll have to re-evaluate and see what this next chapter reads like."
The biggest question surrounding Manning's future is his arm strength, but a video of him throwing at Duke University last weekend suggested that he's nearly at full strength. Several teams, including the Dolphins, Jets and Seahawks, have reportedly discussed pursuing the future Hall of Famer.
ESPN reports that Manning and the Colts will jointly announce the quarterback's release at a news conference on Wednesday, allowing Manning to join whichever team he chooses.
Sources close to the team told ESPN senior NFL analyst Chris Mortensen that the announcement will come at a news conference in Indianapolis on Wednesday with both Manning and owner Jim Irsay in attendance.
The decision to pass on the $28 million bonus owed Manning and not to pick up the four remaining years on his contract means Manning will become a free agent, and sources told Mortensen that he intends to continue to play.
Manning's future in Indianapolis was in doubt throughout the 2011 season as he was sidelined with a neck injury. There was speculation that Manning's career might be over altogether, but he has been medically cleared to continue playing and recent reports indicate that he is very close to full strength and ability once again.
The Colts are expected to select former Stanford Cardinal quarterback Andrew Luck with the No. 1 overall pick in the upcoming 2012 NFL Draft. Rumors have been swirling that the team would no longer wish to retain Manning following its acquisition of the two-time Heisman Trophy runner-up.
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When a player is about to become the most decorated free agent in NFL history, a lot of people are going to be talking about it. That's the case with Peyton Manning and figuring out exactly when the Indianapolis Colts will release him.
It was previously believed that the Colts had to make a decision by Thursday, March 8, when Manning is due to be paid a $28 million bonus. That decision is still widely believed to result in Manning's release. But on Tuesday morning, one report said that the Colts could technically drag it all the way until Sunday due to the language of the contract. Upon further clarification it was revealed that the Colts' real deadline for releasing Manning is Friday.
But Mike Chappell of the Indianapolis Star writes on Twitter that you can "take it to the bank" that the Manning situation will be resolved prior to Thursday.
The clock is ticking. It's shaping up to be an eventful weekend in the NFL.
This sounds more like a technicality than anything else, but the Indianapolis Colts' real deadline on Peyton Manning is actually Friday, not Thursday, as has been previously reported. NFL Network's Jason La Canfora has a report on the Manning saga and where it stands now.
Per the contract, the non-exercise payment date is set for two days before the start of the new league year (the option bonus itself is set for five days before next Tuesday's start of the league year). As a result, the non-exercise payment is Sunday.
The league year ends on Tuesday, March 13. So two days before the new league year is Sunday, March 11, and that's the final day the Manning decision comes down to, not Thursday, March 8.
But here's where it gets tricky: all league business must be completed by 4 p.m. ET on Friday for it to count that week. So, really, the Manning deadline is this Friday. But there's no reason for them to wait unless there's a legitimate effort to re-sign him to a new, team-friendly deal, and that shouldn't be happening. The Colts would only be delaying the inevitable by waiting.
So this report gives the Colts another day to officially make the decision to cut Manning but, really, it doesn't change anything. It means about as much as Manning's ability to throw cats, as you can see in the video below (courtesy of @SBNStudios):
As usual, the free agent market for quarterbacks is thin. Beyond Peyton Manning and Matt Flynn, if your team is looking for help among this group of players, 2012 is not going to be a very good season.
We have a Peyton Manning update. Bob Kravitz of the Indianapolis Star reports that the Colts QB is in Florida working out and he is throwing "much, much better" at the moment. Manning has been rehabbing since his most recent neck surgery.
We're still not totally sure where Manning stands but a lot of signs point to him playing in the 2012 season. The Colts will have to make a decision on him before March 8, the date his $28 million roster bonus hits. The likely result is that he'll be released.
So there are really two questions here. One, will Manning be healthy enough to play in 2012? That answer looks more and more like yes, especially after this report. And two, which team will Manning play for? The team in South Florida, the Dolphins, are one of the early leaders, along with the Redskins. But it's all just guesswork at this point.
The Manning decision from the Colts should be coming soon and then we will see the pursuit of perhaps the most sought- after-player in the history of free agency.
The decision day for the Indianapolis Colts and Peyton Manning on March 8 is looming large. Most expect the Colts to release Manning and with that a handful of teams to be interested in signing Manning. One of those teams rumored to have interest is the New York Jets, but as Jason La Canfora of NFL Network notes, that's not very realistic.
"I don't think it's very realistic at all," La Canfora said on NFL Total Access. "Talking to general managers and other people around the league, they don't think Tom Condon, Peyton's agent, will ultimately put him with the Jets. You would have the situation with him and (Eli Manning), and there's already that rivalry there. You have the tabloid culture in New York. You have a team that slipped, the running game wasn't there."
"You don't have a lot of playmakers there right now," La Canfora continued. "The defense slipped. And there will be other options, probably, that make more sense for Peyton Manning. I don't see it happening."
The Indianapolis Colts releasing Peyton Manning is such an inevitable that the NFL media world is already lining up Manning's next destination. Plenty of folks have pointed out the obvious teams like the Miami Dolphins and Washington Redskins as teams likely to make a run at Manning.
And whichever one of those teams does eventually land Manning could also be getting Reggie Wayne. The Colts receiver is scheduled to be a free agent and a report from Peter King of SI.com suggests that the two want to be considered a package deal.
Such a pairing would not only be a plus for Manning, who would love to see it happen, according to one NFL source. It would allow him to go to his new team with one familiar receiving face, and if you can say one thing about Manning, it's that he loves familiarity, particularly in how his receivers anticipate throws and the precision of their route-running.
You can probably throw Pierre Garcon into the package-deal speculation. He reportedly turned down a five-year deal from the Colts, which makes you wonder if he's waiting things out to see where Manning lands. Any receiver should want to be with Manning because he makes them look good (which in turn makes them a lot more money).
It's still too early to figure out specific front-runners in the race for Manning but this news on Wayne adds a wrinkle to the situation.
Most expect Indianapolis Colts quarterback Peyton Manning to be released before March 8 when his big bonus is due. If he's healthy, there should be plenty of teams hoping to sign him. However, the Kansas City Chiefs might have been a bit too eager to note their interest in the soon-to-be free agent. Head coach Romeo Crennel might get his team slapped with some tampering charges thanks to his comments at the NFL Combine.
On Manning, who is under contract with the Colts but soon could be released, Crennel said, "I'm not supposed to talk about anyone else's players. He's still a player with Indianapolis. But with a talent like that, I would be crazy not to consider it if he were available. I'll leave it at that."
While for the most part Crennel's comments are harmless, the NFL rules on tampering are pretty clear that you cannot discuss interest of a player that is under contract with another NFL team.
"Any public or private statement of interest, qualified or unqualified, in another club's player to that player's agent or representative, or to a member of the news media, is a violation of this Anti-Tampering Policy. (Example of a prohibited comment: "He's an excellent player, and we'd very much like to have him if he were available, but another club holds his rights.")"
For more on the Colts, head over to the SB Nation blog Stampede Blue. For more on the Manning situation, stay tuned to this StoryStream. For more on the Kansas City Chiefs, visit SB Nation's Chiefs blog Arrowhead Pride.
The top story in the NFL this offseason is the saga of Peyton Manning. The Indianapolis Colts quarterback and superstar missed the 2011 season with a neck injury and all indications are that he is being ushered out in Indy. The team has the No. 1 pick in the 2012 NFL Draft and will almost certainly select Stanford quarterback Andrew Luck, who most believe is NFL-ready.
Manning has been tied to almost every team in the NFL and the speculation is that he will be traded at some point before the 2012 season kicks off. That's assuming he will play at all in the upcoming season. There are questions regarding whether Manning can still go following his injuries.
Bill Polian, former Vice Executive of the Colts, appeared on Fan 590 in Toronto recently to discuss the Manning Situation. Here are some of his comments, as transcribed by Steven Cuce of Sports Radio Interviews.
You’re of the opinion that Peyton Manning will play again? Right?
"I do. I do. I don’t have any inside information other then having spoken to him a couple of weeks ago and then hearing from someone that is pretty well aware of how his workouts are going. I know he wants to. Things are going along well enough that you can be fairly certain about the fact that he may play and I would expect he will."
Any chance Peyton Manning will be playing in Indy?
"Don’t know. I think there is always a chance. Both sides there have to get together and talk it out. I presume they will in the near future. We’ll see how it goes, but I don’t have any feeling on that issue or where if not in Indianapolis he might end up at this point. I really wouldn’t know."
Have you wondered if you were still in the same position you were in Indianapolis if the whole Peyton Manning situation would have been handled this way in the public?
"I probably would have, but hindsight is always 20/20. I think what is going on now where there is essential radio silence is a good thing. Face-to-face communication is the best kind of communication. It doesn’t need to be bandied about in other platforms and what they are doing right now I think is the right thing. Jim [Irsay] and Peyton [Manning] will sit down and work it out and whatever decision they make will be the right one."
There seems to be no end to the speculation regarding Manning, so we will have to wait and see how this all plays out.
Another day, another team that makes perfect sense for Peyton Manning. In reality, a dozen or more teams make perfect sense for Manning. Franchise quarterbacks rarely hit the market, even ones with injury questions, like Manning.
The latest team causing chatter around the league is the Seattle Seahawks.Dan Pompei of National Football Post reports that talk around the league is that the Seahawks will be strongly involved in the Manning sweepstakes.
Pete Carroll needs a quarterback and is believed to have a strong interest in at least exploring Manning. The Seahawks could offer Manning an attractive scenario. They have a young team with some fine skill players to put around him. They play in one of the league's loudest stadiums. Manning wouldn't be subject to the same kind of scrutiny in Seattle that he would in a lot of other markets.
Another reason: the Seahawks' medical staff includes Stan Herring, who is one of the top spine specialists in the league and is a member of the NFL's Head, Neck and Spine committee.
The problem with predicting a landing spot for Manning is that we still don't know what his health status is. Nobody truly knows what will happen. Everyone is guessing, some with more information than others.
The top story in the NFL at the moment continues to be where Indianapolis Colts quarterback Peyton Manning will land at the beginning of the 2012 season. For the time being, it appears that things have not completely soured between the QB and his current team.
According to Dave Calabro at WTHR in Indianapolis, Colts owner Jim Irsay confirmed on Thursday that he has been speaking with Manning, both in person and via text message. Irsay states that the talks have been "upbeat and positive."
I've never looked at it as a divorce no matter what happens, along those lines. It's really not. It's just wrong to paint it that we're not close because we always will be and we always have been.
Our desire to keep him as a Colt and his desire to be a Colt is strong, and at the same time, the realities that exist, the circumstances that exist that neither one of us control exist as well.
Although no one knows what the final decision will be by the time the March 8 deadline to release Manning arrives, Irsay stated his desire to reach a "unified decision" that would benefit both Manning and the Colts. That decision could very well be a release that makes room for Andrew Luck.
The Peyton Manning saga continues as Sports Illustrated's Don Banks has new information regarding Manning and his surgically repaired neck. All the reports up until this point have cited Manning as having had three neck surgeries, with the latest one coming last September, only days before the start of the 2011 season.
Don Banks of SI.com reports that the number of neck surgeries in the last two years is actually four, not three. Banks reports Manning had another one — which went unreported until now — sometime between his second surgery last May and the most recent one in September.
As for Manning's future, Banks reports that the Colts team doctors believe Manning has "potentially developed bone spurs" near the area of where the surgery took place and that they feel it's "inevitable" that Manning will eventually require further surgery.
Manning, for his part, believed he could play late in the 2011 season. Banks reports that Manning and other Colts players conducted a 30-play scripted practice that was more fast-paced and intense than even former Colts executive Bill Polian was expecting. Manning didn't have the same velocity and was physically tired during the workout but he was accurate with his passes.
But after that practice session, Colts physician Hank Feuer would not clear Manning to play.
Feuer said Manning's neck muscles at that time were still atrophied from his long period of inactivity following the September surgery, and he had yet to recover his full range of motion in the area. It short-circuited any possibility Manning had of getting back on the field before the 2011 season ended, with him at one point hopeful he could show the team he was capable of running its red-zone offense against the Texans and possibly the following week at Jacksonville, league sources said.
Think about that last part -— Manning coming into the game exclusively in red zone situations. Although we'd be more hopeful of Manning's prospects of playing in 2012 if he had seen him play even a little last season, the medical risk involved outweighs anything else.
Despite all the new information, it seems that the result will be the same — the Colts will release Manning sometime before March 8 and, if he can play in 2012, it will be for another team.
Check out the entire report over at SI.com, which is about as extensive on Manning as any we've seen lately.
Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay did a little public negotiating on Tuesday, telling reporters that the team is open to Peyton Manning remaining with them and finishing his NFL career in Indy. However, he left the ball in Manning's court, saying that the ultimate decision will rest with whether the quarterback is willing to restructure his contract first.
"We can make it work if he wants to be here,’’ Irsay said today. "We’d be excited to have him back and finish his career with us.
"I want him to be able to make the choice. We would love to have him back here if he can get healthy and we can look at doing a contract that reflects the uncertainty of the . . . healing process with the regeneration of the nerve.’’
Manning is due a $28 million option bonus by March 8, which would activate the final four years of a five-year, $90 million contract signed in July. If the Colts opted not to pay the bonus, Manning would become an unrestricted free agent. Irsay and Manning are expected to meet at some point in the next seven days.
Someone I know who is close friends with the Manning family says Peyton is definitely interested in possibly coming to the Texans. Peyton will be released by the Colts early next month and will be a free agent. The person who knows the Mannings says Peyton wants to play on a team that has a chance of going to a Super Bowl, and the Texans fit that description.
A friend of a friend, so not exactly the best source. This would also make the assumption that Manning would be OK with potentially turning on the Colts fan base and playing against Indy twice a year as a member of the AFC South. And that the Texans would actually make this deal, which could mean trading Schaub or just benching him (which I'm sure he'd love).
In the end, Manning to Houston just doesn't really make any sense. You know you have a team that can make the playoffs and even win a playoff game with the backup quarterback. Think of what they can do if/when Schaub is healthy. Manning is too much of a risk health-wise to just dump a player of Schaub's caliber.
Amid rampant speculation about what team Peyton Manning will end up with when the 2012 season kicks off, there is yet another area to quibble about regarding the quarterback. Earlier in the week, a report came out indicating that Manning's arm strength was nowhere near desired. The actual wording used was that Manning currently has a "noodle arm" due to inactivity following a neck injury that kept him out of action for the entire 2011 Indianapolis Colts season.
On Thursday, former Colts vice chairman Bill Polian, appeared on "Pardon the Interruption" and disputed those claims. According to NFL.com, Polian said that Manning's recovery is slow, but is making progress. In particular, Polian stated that he watched Manning throw in late December and had this to say:
It's marked (improvement) from where he was back in September. He threw it accurately, he threw it with a good, tight spiral, and he threw it with velocity.
Generally, he looked like a pretty confident quarterback out there.
The conflicting reports will add a whole new layer to the Manning talk and speculation. The demand for the all-time great QB is still expected to be high.
Assuming Peyton Manning is released by the Colts, he'll become one of the most sought-after free agents in NFL history. Which teams should consider making a run at him?
The saga of Indianapolis Colts quarterback Peyton Manning took a few twists and turns during Super Bowl week as there were reports of Manning being "cleared to play" and counter reports of Manning now having a "noodle arm". Despite all of that however, Manning has been spotted working out at Duke University with family friend and adviser, David Cutcliffe.
The disclosure came from Duke offensive lineman Matt Skura, who posted this afternoon on Twitter that he "[g]ot to stretch next to Peyton Manning."
The development, if accurate, indicates a couple of things. First, it bolsters the notion that Manning currently is less focused on his neck and more focused on his throwing. Second, it suggests that Manning feels more comfortable away from the team facility, which will serve only to increase speculation of an imminent divorce.
This would seem to indicate Manning is preparing and focused on getting back to football, regardless if he's released by the Colts or not. A few weeks ago, Manning said that the Colts facility wasn't a good place for healing right now and that's likely because the Colts doctors have to monitor him while he's working out. At the Duke facility, he can work out on his own without doctors breathing down his neck the entire time.
Indy Star columnist Bob Kravitz opened up about the whole Peyton Manning saga on Tony Kornheiser's radio showon Wednesday, picking apart the "medically cleared" news and where Manning stands in his recovery. Kravitz took exception to the Super Bowl hubbub surrounding Manning, and seems to have turned on the Indianapolis quarterback.
A few important quotes, transcribed by Ryan Wilson of CBS' Eye on Football are as follows. The full interview can be found here. On Manning's arm strength, as it stands right now:
"I mean, the guy's arm is a noodle, he can't throw like an NFL quarterback, and by March 8, there's no way of knowing whether he's going to be ready or not."
This is not a surprise at all. On the Thursday before the Super Bowl, news broke that Manning was cleared to play. It was, by all indications, a semantics argument. His neck is, and has been, structurally sound, thus the "medically cleared to play" report. The stability, however, has never been the problem. Being able to take a hit doesn't matter if Manning can't actually throw a football like an NFL quarterback.
And about that Peyton Manning politician stuff: Kravitz pulled the lid off it all with his own opinion. In response to a question about Manning hi-jacking the Super Bowl, Kravitz said he was quite sure Manning did it deliberately. And there was this:
"It comes out on Thursday night about six o'clock -- that doesn't come out unless the Peyton Manning camp wants it to come out. They're putting public pressure on Jim Irsay. It was calculated, it was deceptive, I didn't think it was a good time to do it. And, yes, he absolutely stole the Super Bowl. ... I don't think there's any doubt that he stole some of the attention away from the Super Bowl."
This sounds quite familiar. Kravitz felt the whole Super Bowl week was a political game between Jim Irsay and Manning, with each outdoing each other along the way. And he's probably right.
Now both sides will battle it out and try to end up as the good guy as Manning's time in Indianapolis comes to an end. It seems like the natural end to the situation at this point.
Because Peyton Manning could end up being the most sought after free agent to ever hit the market (with a nod to Reggie White), you can expect plenty of rumors and speculation about his future. Already we're seeing a number of reports noting that Manning owns a condo in Miami (Dolphins bound?) or that he played college football in Tennessee (www.ComeHomePeyton.com).
Now the latest cause for speculation is that the Arizona Cardinals have hired Frank Reich, Manning's quarterbacks coach for the last six years, as their receivers coach. It seems like a loose connection at best but that and the reports that Manning and Cardinals receiver Larry Fitzgerald were getting together for dinner during Super Bowl week has the Cardinals fan base wondering if they'll be involved in the Manning talks, assuming he's released.
The Cardinals make sense when you consider what Kurt Warner was able to do with their offense a few years ago. A few playmakers are gone from the receiving corps but with Fitzgerald it still has major potential.
Where the Cardinals situation gets a little sticky comes down to Kevin Kolb, who was signed last offseason to a six-year deal. He was underwhelming in 2011 but it was only his first year with the Cardinals. They'll be faced with the decision of moving forward with the guy they committed to last season or a potential once-in-a-generation opportunity (provided, of course, that Manning is healthy). That's really the question a lot of teams will face this offseason.
The "Where will Peyton Manning land?" question will be asked quite often this season in cities across the country as we await what might be the most decorated player ever to hit free agency. Manning and the Indianapolis Colts are widely expected to divorce sometime before Manning's $28 million roster bonus is due on March 8. Free agency starts on March 13, at which points a team will be able to sign him.
At least half the league should have some level of interest in Manning but the two teams people seem to be talking about the most are the Washington Redskins and Miami Dolphins. Neither have longterm quarterback options and both are believed to be interested in Manning (as a lot of teams are). Other teams make sense, too, but these are the teams being talked about the most now.
ESPN's Adam Schefter predicted it's the Dolphins and the Manning chatter has been getting louder and louder in South Florida.
But don't count out the Redskins. Mike Freeman of CBS Sports reports that everyone he talks around the league thinks Manning will eventually land in Washington with the Redskins. That's very possible but we're not yet at the point where we can confidently predict where he'll land because we still don't know exactly where he stands health-wise.
Who will sign Peyton Manning if/when he's released by the Indianapolis Colts? That figures to be the most oft-asked question over the next few weeks as we await the start of free agency. The Colts are expected by many to release Manning at some point before his $28 million roster bonus is due on March 8.
So who signs him?
Manning isn't even completely healthy yet so this is still in the guesswork stage. Different teams may view his health in different ways so that's why it's hard to put a value on him, which makes it nearly impossible to predict where he'll land next.
We have another statement from the Indianapolis Colts on the future of Peyton Manning. This comes shortly after Colts owner Jim Irsay said he....wouldn't be talking about Manning during Super Bowl week.
And, to be fair, the Colts statement isn't really even about...anything.
Peyton Manning, Jim Irsay and the entire Colts family remain close and unified as we continue to work through all the options that relate to his future with the Colts.
The present focus is on the Super Bowl and the great game that awaits.
The Colts likely feel compelled to say something after the Peyton Manning situation has taken the attention away from some other game being played in Indianapolis on Sunday. Manning was medically cleared to play on Thursday but the Colts refuted that saying he hasn't passed their physical. And on Friday morning, Manning's agent, Tom Condon, said Manning plans to play in 2012.
Tom Condon, the agent for Peyton Manning, talked with NFL Network about the flurry of news reports we've seen this week regarding the current Indianapolis Colts quarterback. On Thursday, ESPN reported that Manning had received clearance to play, which Condon confirmed saying his client was "structurally sound."
He did, however, point out that Manning is still waiting on the nerves to regenerate in his arm so, while technically healthy enough to play, he's really not game-ready. So we're pretty much in the same place we were before the ESPN report.
Condon also confirmed that Manning wants to continue playing and plans to continue playing. This comes in despite of several reports recently that retirement is an option for Manning. The Colts quarterback said similar things publicly in an interview with ESPN.
Condon said Manning and Colts owner Jim Irsay remained close, despite communicating through the media lately, but all signs continue to point toward the Colts releasing Manning sometime before his large roster bonus is due on March 8.
With each passing day it looks more and more like Peyton Manning and the Indianapolis Colts are headed for a divorce which means Manning would become what would likely be the most sought after free agent in NFL history. Manning, if he's healthy, can instantly transform a team into a Super Bowl contender.
About half the league should be interested in Manning and one of those teams is the Miami Dolphins. There's already chatter picking up in South Florida that the Dolphins need to acquire Manning. The Miami Herald spoke to a source close to Manning who is fueling the flames:
"His wife is also a big fan of the area," the source told me. "He likes the area. He likes the vibe of the area more than you might think. They own a condo down here. And no other team that could be trying to sign him will be able to say that."
If you look at potential destinations for Manning, you have to put the Dolphins near the top. They don't have their future quarterback on the roster right now and the owner, Stephen Ross, wants to make a splash. If there's any team in the league that understands the value of a good quarterback, it's the franchise that's been trying to replace Dan Marino for well over a decade.
I have a feeling we'll be writing a few more stories like this -- that Manning makes perfect sense in a particular city. Because, the truth is, Manning makes sense for about half the league.
For more on the Dolphins and all the Manning talk, check out SB Nation's Dolphins blog, The Phinsider.
If you thought this whole Peyton Manning thing was going to be smooth sailing, sunshine and lollipops ... well, think again. On Thursday, ESPN's Chris Mortensen reported Manning was medically cleared to play football. In fact, the sources told him one of Manning's doctors went as far as to say Manning could go Sunday. One has to assume word leaked from the Manning camp and done so with some kind of purpose, whatever it may have been.
Why? Because this came from Colts owner Jim Irsay hours later -- around 1 a.m. Eastern, in fact.
Peyton has not passed our physical nor has he been cleared to play for The Indianapolis Colts. Team statement coming on Friday.— Jim Irsay (@JimIrsay) February 3, 2012
Remember that joint statement Irsay and Manning released denying hard feelings and asserting the two worked everything out? And then this happens a week later, in the run up to a Super Bowl which happens to be taking place in Indianapolis. Say what you will about the two, and whatever their relationship is, they know how to grab the spotlight with the quickness.
To recap: someone leaked that Manning was cleared to play and resume his NFL career immediately. The news created a buzz, even if it probably wasn't news, and hours later Irsay brought the hammer. Read his words carefully: Manning has not passed their physical and is not cleared to play for the Colts. There's a bit of a difference of opinion here.
This seems like it's going to get uglier sooner rather than later, and all of this is happening as Indy plays host to the NFL's premier event.
Peyton Manning has been medically cleared to return to football, according to a report by ESPN's Chris Mortenson. Manning has been recovering and rehabbing from a second neck surgery, which fused together vertebrae in an attempt to stabilize his injury neck. His future as a player, however, has been and remains unclear.
Mortensen cites sources who indicate Manning has been cleared, but does not elaborate further.
Peyton Manning medically cleared to resume NFL career, per sources. More coming on ESPN now. #NFL32— Chris Mortensen (@mortreport) February 2, 2012
It's important to note that medically cleared does not mean he's completely back to normal or healed. It also doesn't ensure Manning will be back on the field by the beginning of next season.
Manning still has a long ways to go, from all indications. Just being cleared is one step, but building up strength in his arm, a big concern as of late, will be a key in determining the future of his playing career. If his nerves don't heal properly and he isn't able to build his arm strength and endurance back up, this is all moot.
New Indianapolis Colts general manager Ryan Grigson may not have talked to Peyton Manning immediately after taking the job, which was certainly notable, but he said on Thursday that the two have discussed the quarterback's future (via Pro Football Talk). Grigson admitted the situation is currently in a "holding pattern," but that he felt he had cleared the air.
"I met with Peyton," Grigson said. "He came by my office. . . . We had a nice discussion. We spoke for 20 minutes or so. It’s been amicable. It’s been a normal thing. We talked like regular guys, I felt.
"It was an open conversation and I told him what I knew. Whatever I knew, I told him. It was a straightforward, man-to-man conversation. It was fine."
The Colts are due to make a rather significant decision regarding their future with Manning, as he's due a $28 million contract option in the next few weeks. Grigson noted that he has not yet seen Manning throw.
How Manning's contract situation plays out could be one of the key pieces of this offseason. The Colts hold the No. 1 overall pick and could select Stanford's Andrew Luck, especially if Manning is out of the picture. Assuming he's able to play, any number of teams would likely pursue Manning on the free-agent market.
While many have speculated on the future of Indianapolis Colts quarterback Peyton Manning's future, Colts owner Jim Irsay continues to refute reports that a decision has been made on Manning's future with the team. Irsay will face a decision on March 8, which is when a $28 million bonus in Manning's contract will be triggered. Irsay told reporters on Wednesday that it's possible that March 8 deadline could be pushed back.
"Look, anything is possible if the two parties choose to get together," Irsay told reporters on Wednesday."If it helps us win, I'll pay it in a second. But when it comes to salary cap ... we have real cap problems," Irsay told NFL Network. "You can't make a decision that straps you for the next three seasons. If we make a decision based on just affection, and we have cap problems for three years, the fans will call me an idiot."
Manning told ESPN's Trey Wingo on Tuesday that right now he does plan to continue playing football. "I really feel good. I continue to make progress every day," Manning said. "Everything that the doctors have told me has been on point, which is encouraging to me. I just had a great day today with rehab, just got back from the facility, and that's what we continue to do. Just keep trying to get better. So far I have. That's the plan from here on out."
The Colts owner has already stated that they will draft Manning's successor in the 2012 NFL Draft in April, presumably Stanford's Andrew Luck with the first overall pick, but that pick will not force the team's hand one way or another. "It's not true that any decision has been made. I wouldn't say it's a certainty that it will go one way or another," Irsay told NFL Network.
For more on the Colts and the Manning situation, check out SB Nation's Colts blog, Stampede Blue.
Peyton Manning conducted a sit down interview with ESPN's Trey Wingo on Tuesday afternoon, shortly after the conclusion of Super Bowl media day. Manning didn't give many details on his current situation and future as the Indianapolis Colts starting quarterback but he did drop a couple of notable tidbits.
There are really two issues at play here: Will he ever play again? And if he does will that be for the Colts?
First, he says he's still hoping to be cleared to play -- at some point.
"The doctors and I have been in good constant communication," Manning said. "We're on the same page and I'm very encouraged by what they have said. I'll see these guys for check-ups over the next few weeks and everything they're saying though is right on point, everything looks good and I'll be cleared and ready to go."
Several reports have come out recently, including one from Yahoo! Sports, indicating that Manning's health may never get to the point where he's cleared to play which would ultimately lead to his retirement. Maybe that's a possibility but he isn't talking about that as an option right now.
Second, Manning said his relationship with Colts owner Jim Irsay is "great" despite the two of them communicating with each other in the media lately. He also said that he and Irsay will sit down and talk "probably after the Super Bowl" regarding his future. That doesn't necessarily mean any decisions will be made, but they will be talking about it.
"It'll happen soon and I'm sure you all will know when it does," he said.
Manning has a $28 million roster bonus due on March 8 so that's the key date to watch when it comes to his future.
For more on the Colts and the Manning situation, check out SB Nation's Colts blog, Stampede Blue.
According to said sources, the nerves are not healing as quickly as Manning and the Colts had hoped. The vertebrae in Manning's neck have healed, but since starting to throw in December, the velocity in his passes has not improved and the two sources are afraid that it will never return.
More from Stampede Blue: Peyton Manning still isn't healthy.
Two league-affiliated doctors familiar with spinal fusion surgery told Yahoo! Sports that it could take a year before Manning knows if he can return to action. Manning underwent his latest surgery in September 2011.
Manning could not be reached for comment, but the report cited a doctor familiar with Manning's surgery:
"If you're getting consistent improvement, then that's OK. Even if it's going from lifting 10 pounds to 15 pounds to 20 pounds over a stretch of weeks, that's fine," said a doctor who has not seen Manning but has a background in spinal surgery. "If you hit a plateau, that's a problem. ... Now, I say that, but I also tell patients who have been through it that it can take up to a year to find out exactly how much strength you're going to get back.
"Right now, Peyton is at about six months. He should have a much better idea by July or August just how far he's going to get ... even then, that's only a part of it. You can tell about 80 percent of how the nerves and the muscles are healing by rehab. What you really have to see is how his arm holds up when he starts to throw. Does he have the same velocity on the 15-yard out? Can he throw the 60-yard pass? Can he throw for 30 minutes before his arm gets tired? Can he throw for an hour? It's a very complicated process."
As ridiculous a source as Rob Lowe may be for NFL-related news, his little tweet about Peyton Manning retired has caused quite the firestorm. While we can all assume that it was pretty much a joke, there is a real question about how likely Manning is to play in 2012, whether for the Indianapolis Colts or anyone else. Well, Manning's brother Cooper told NFL.com that the sure-fire Hall of Fame quarterback is determined to come back:
"What I do know is Peyton is going to do every single thing a human being can possibly do to get ready to play again," Cooper Manning said from his office in New Orleans. "Where, when and how he'll play, that's all up in the air. But as far as his body goes, Peyton's smart, he'll know what to do. Anyone predicting what will happen now going forward is just wasting their breath. But he is working as hard as anyone can work to get out there again."
Cooper Manning acknowledges that his brother's ailment is still unpredictable and that there's no timetable for his return. Manning's future with the Colts could be decided much earlier, though, as he's due a $28 million option bonus on March 8.
Peyton Manning is a future Hall of Fame quarterback and in a very small group of players in the running for best all time. If he's healthy, acquiring Manning, even at 35 years old, makes sense for a lot of teams. So, it should come as little surprise to see the Washington Post is reporting that a "person with knowledge of the situation" has said the Washington Redskins would be lining up as a place for Manning to play, with all the predictable caveats:
"No. 1, is he going to be released? No. 2, is he going to be healthy? No. 3, at the end of the day, is he willing to come back and play in the NFL. We don’t know those questions," said the official, who spoke on the condition of anonymity. "I think everybody would want Peyton Manning, if he was healthy. You’d be crazy not to want Peyton Manning if he was healthy. Nobody knows now if he’s going to be cleared to play. And if he is cleared to play, wouldn’t the Colts either want him, or [pick up his option] and then try to trade him?"
Manning in Washington would certainly be interesting. Mike Shanahan worked wonders with John Elway, and coincidentally, Elway was 35 when Shanahan was hired by the Broncos. The two of them, of course, went on to win two Super Bowls together.
Redskins offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan added further fuel to the rumors last week when he said this on ESPN980 last Friday (via SBNation DC):
"I know he's up there in age, but if he's healthy, age is not an issue," said Shanahan. "That guy takes care of his body..his arm's not leaving. He can take the hits. You just hope his neck's alright, and he'll be Peyton Manning."
The question of whether or not Indianapolis Colts quarterback Peyton Manning will remain with the team for the 2012 NFL season has become a big question mark, but the bigger uncertainty is if Manning will even be healthy enough to play if the Colts keep him or if he hits free agency. Apparently, Manning is struggling to get healthy and the concerns he may not ever play again continue to rise and Peter King of Sports Illustrated pointed out that the looming date of Manning's $28 million bonus is a little over a month away.
Peter (King) said that Colts quarterback Peyton Manning is struggling to get healthy. With barely more than a month to go before the March 8 trigger for payment of $28 million, that makes it even less likely that the Colts will pony up the cash.
There have been rumors of Manning's retirement for a few weeks, but the fact that he's still struggling to get healthy even now can't paint a bright outlook for team's hopeful of Manning hitting free agency. With Manning's bonus kicking in before the start of the 2012 NFL league year on March 13, it's highly likely he's released if the Colts do not plan to retain him as the bonus would kick in before he could be traded. It will be hard to see the Colts, who are in the middle of a complete overhaul, hanging onto an unhealthy Peyton Manning for another season, especially with the $28 million bonus looming.
Colts owner Jim Irsay and quarterback Peyton Manning have been trading barbs over the past week. Manning said that the Colts facility was "not a real good environment" in the wake of Irsay's recent firing of general manager Bill Polian and head coach Jim Caldwell. Irsay shot back, calling Manning a "politician" and accusing him of not caring enough about the organization. In order to quell the firestorm that has formed over their public bickering, the two men released a joint statement through the Colts website on Friday:
We would like to dispel any misperception that there might be any hard feelings between us.
Since 1998, we have enjoyed a great relationship, based upon mutual respect and trust. We have always been able to talk and address matters we've faced over the years, not just as owner and player, but as friends. We had a long talk today and we want to assure Colts fans everywhere that we are both committed to maintaining our close relationship and to working together through any challenges the future may bring.
It's tough to say at the moment how much collaboration went into the statement. Manning did seem more conciliatory in his statement on Thursday. The two men have yet to reach a decision regarding Manning's future with the organization.
The situation in Indianapolis took a turn for the worse, or weird, on Thursday as Colts owner Jim Irsay spoke about Peyton Manning and what may come next. Irsay openly criticized how Manning has handled the situation, saying the long-time quarterback should've kept his comments in-house and not disrespected the Horseshoe.
Here is a portion of Manning's comments, given exclusively to Bob Kravitz of the Indianapolis Star.
"At this point, Mr. Irsay and I owe it to each other and to the fans of the organization to handle this appropriately and professionally, and I think we will. I've already reached out to Mr. Irsay. I wasn't trying to paint the Colts in a bad light, but it's tough when so many people you've known for so long are suddenly leaving. I feel very close to a lot of these guys and we've done great things together. It's hard to watch an old friend clean out his office. That's all I was trying to say.
But the money quote comes from Kravitz himself, in the opening line of the column. Kravitz says simply, "Peyton Manning is done in Indianapolis." The opinion is his own, but not surprising at all considering the circumstances. For many, it's a harsh reality to face.
Earlier in the week Peyton Manning did an interview with Bob Kravitz of the Indy Star that gained a lot of attention because Manning indicated that the Indianapolis Colts facility is "not a real good environment" right now and he's "not in a very good place for healing". The reaction by most folks is that Manning is bracing for the possibility that he may not be playing for the Colts next year.
All the signs seem to be pointing that way including the latest one from Colts owner Jim Irsay, who talked to the local media on Thursday and indicated he wasn't happy with Manning's comments to the Indy Star. Via the AP:
Shortly after introducing new coach Chuck Pagano on Thursday, Irsay said Manning should have kept his thoughts "in the family." When asked whether a decision on Manning was next, Irsay went into a long answer, calling Manning a "politician" and suggested he was "campaigning" publicly.
Let's be careful not to blow up just a couple of comments but this is so out of character for both Manning and Irsay. Rarely do we see any friction coming between those two.
We should also note that in Manning's comments this week he said it was his understanding that Irsay, and not new GM Ryan Grigson, would be making the final decision on his future. Asked whether there had been a decision on Manning's future,Irsay said:
"We'll work it through and we'll work it through hand in hand, and we'll talk and we'll continue to talk as we get into February and get closer to the league year. That's kind of where it stands right now."
Reading the tea leaves, it seems more and more possible that the Colts could very well move on from Peyton Manning, which is almost unbelievable to think about.
For a breakdown of all of Manning's comments, as well as Irsay's response, visit SB Nation's Colts blog, Stampede Blue.
Super Bowl XLVI will feature Peyton Manning's biggest rival (Tom Brady) as well as his little brother (Eli Manning) which means we'll be talking plenty about the Indianapolis Colts QB over the next two weeks. But the larger issue surrounding Manning is his health, his $28 million roster bonus due in March and his future with the Colts organization.
Manning doesn't speak publicly very often but he conducted a lengthy interview with Bob Kravitz of the Indianapolis Star this week and there were several notable items from the Colts quarterback. Definitely read the entire article.
Among the highlights:
ESPN's Adam Schefter reports Manning will not push back his $28 million roster bonus due on March 8. The league year doesn't open until the following week so that essentially means that Manning won't be traded. The Colts wouldn't eat the bonus money and then trade him a week later when the trading season opens.
So the Colts options are believed to be either release Manning or keep him on the roster next season. With his neck injury and the uncertainty surrounding it, a release is possible. If he's healthy enough to play, the Colts very well could keep him in Indy next season.
The next step is seeing how well Manning's next injury progresses in the weeks leading up to March 8.
For more on Manning and the Colts, check out Stampede Blue.
As the Colts begin to rebuild -- from the front office down to the 53-man roster -- the biggest question surrounding this team remains the status of Peyton Manning, who missed the entire 2011 season following multiple neck surgeries.
In a radio interview with Yahoo Sports earlier this week, Archie Manning was asked about the status of his son, and he offered anything but a ringing endorsement. The transcript is below, but you can also listen to it here, starting around the 4:50 mark:
Question: Archie, just between you and me, how's Peyton doing with the neck, is he going to play next year?
Archie Manning: I don't know. You know, I think he's working real hard, Peyton wants to play, it's just, he has a good attitude about it, and he's just trying to get his health back, and getting a little better, and we'll just have to see what happens.
For more on Manning and the Colts, check out Stampede Blue.
The Colts, owners of the No. 1 pick in the draft, are not expected to trade Peyton Manning if/when they draft Andrew Luck.
Peyton Manning is well on his way to playing professional football again, but he won't be doing it this season. While Manning has returned to throwing drills with pads on, Indianapolis Colts president Bill Polian confirmed the seemingly inevitable, stating that Manning will not take the field for the Colts in either of their final two games. From Polian's statement at the post-game press conference, following Indy's win over the Tennessee Titans:
[I]t was determined by the doctors that there was no chance he would play this year. His rehabilitation has not come far enough to make it prudent for him to step on the field in game action.
Manning's neck has healed enough that he can throw without risk, but there's a big difference between throwing and taking a shot from a defensive player in the NFL. The Colts and Manning don't even want to think about what might happen if he took a shot like the one Tom Brady took from Elvis Dumervil on Sunday.
For more on Manning and the Colts, be sure to head over to Indianapolis Colts blog Stampede Blue.
The Indianapolis Colts have played their way to an 0-12 record without star QB Peyton Manning and it doesn't sound like they'll have him back during the 2011 season. Colts owner Jim Irsay told WRTV in Indianapolis that he can't "envision Peyton playing this year."
Surprised? No, I'm not. That's been pretty much what we've thought for some time. Manning's recovery process has never had a time table but as we sit here entering Week 14 Manning still isn't practicing and he would presumably have to practice at least a little bit before the Colts sent him back out there.
Plus, with Manning's injury and the Colts season going nowhere, there's really no reason to risk Manning's health, especially when you aren't sure of what his future is.
The stories involving Manning are less about his injury these days and more about how the Colts will handle the situation when they inevitably earn the No. 1 pick and the right to draft Andrew Luck.
So likely no Manning in 2011 is what we expected, but that doesn't make their decision on him (and his bonus) next March any easier.
Indianapolis Colts quarterback Peyton Manning isn't far enough along in his recovery to hop back onto the field and dive back into action, but he did receive some good news on Thursday. Following x-rays and CT scans, Manning's neck surgeon came back with good news, saying the fusion in Manning's neck has taken hold. It's a step forward, not a massive leap, but a positive step nonetheless.
The statement from Robert Watkins, Manning's surgeon, was passed along by Jim Irsay by way of his amazing Twitter account.
"X-ray and CT examination of the surgical area shows that the fusion performed in September has achieved firm fixation," said Dr. Robert Watkins. "Peyton will now be allowed to increase the intensity and breadth of his workouts as tolerated. There remains every indication that his recovery will continue. There still is no timetable for Peyton's return to practice, which is one of many steps in his expected return to game action. He is working hard on a rehabilitation program outlined in conjunction with myself, Erin Barill and Peyton. His response to this plan in the future will dictate his return date."
Manning will now likely see how his body responds to more workouts and go from there.
For more on Manning and the Colts, be sure to head over to the SB Nation blog Stampede Blue.
Peyton Manning still doesn't know whether or not he will be able to suit up for the Indianapolis Colts anytime soon, but he should learn whether or not he can return to practice very soon. Manning is undergoing scans on his neck this week and expects to learn the results shortly. If his vertebrae fusion procedure went as planned and his graft has taken hold on the bones, he should be able to increase the intensity of his workouts.
Manning had three separate neck surgeries in less than two years, with the most recent coming in September. The Colts and Manning have held out hope this year that he could return to full practice before the end of the season. He's currently limited to light workouts that would cause no strain on his neck. The Colts should know if Manning is able to resume throwing shortly.
For more on Manning and the Colts, be sure to head over to the SB Nation blog Stampede Blue.
Peyton Manning has a better than 50 percent chance of retiring according to Fox Sports reporter Chris Myers. Myers reportedly spoke to Manning prior to the Indianapolis Colts' game against the Carolina Panthers on Sunday, before talking to Fox Sports. Manning has sat out the entire 2011 season so far with a neck injury.
Still, every indication seems to be that Manning would like to continue playing by any means necessary. He is at the whim of his own body, however, after undergoing a third neck surgery in September. His original gave diagnosis gave him 3-4 month window for return, meaning he could still technically play in December. That possibility is the only reason that the Colts haven't placed Manning on injured reserve.
The Colts are now 0-11 after Sunday's defeat at the hand of the Panthers. The franchise is still in the driver's seat for the No. 1 pick in the 2012 NFL Draft, where Stanford quarterback Andrew Luck is considered the consensus first overall pick.
For more on Manning and the Colts, be sure to head over to the SB Nation blog Stampede Blue.
Peyton Manning spoke to the Indianapolis media for the first in a month on Thursday and confirmed what Colts exec Bill Polian has said: he wants to try to return this year. Manning obviously doesn't know for sure whether that will happen because it's dependent on his recovery process goes from a third neck surgery on Sept. 8.
Manning also briefly touched on the contract extension he signed prior to the season. It was a reported five-year extension worth $90 million and he said Thursday that there's an out for the Colts after this year because he didn't know if he would be healthy.
"Those are all fair questions, but that's not what I'm going to talk about right now," Manning said. "I'm thinking about how can I get a little better? (The contract) is really a one-year deal with a four-year extension and that was my recommendation because I wasn't healthy when I signed the contract."
It makes you wonder about his physical prior to signing the contract. Some reports stated that Manning didn't take a physical -- his words above would indicate he would've failed the physical if he had taken one -- but Polian and Co. have said that Manning did take a physical.
Manning said he's rehabbing and waiting for the "regeneration of the nerve" in his neck. He still has "some restrictions" moving around.
The original diagnosis had him possibly returning in 3-4 months which would mean sometime around December, if he is indeed able to return this year. The Colts have not placed him on IR, hoping he's able to return and at least practice at some point this season.
The Kerry Collins experiment was short-lived in Indianapolis. The Colts officially placed the 18-year veteran on injured reserve Tuesday, ending his 2011 season after just three games due to a concussion suffered last month against the Steelers. Collins, 38, signed a one-year, $4 million contract when he was coaxed out of retirement to replace Peyton Manning, and it seems likely that will be the last contract he ever signs.
Collins never appeared to fully grasp the Colts' offense, which, Reggie Wayne would like to remind you, "ain't vanilla, man." He completed just 49 percent of his passes, averaging just 160.3 yards per game. Even if his concussion symptoms cleared, he probably wouldn't have overtaken Curtis Painter for starting duties. Painter, 26, is also winless as a starter, but he's shown flashes of potential and should have a long future in the NFL, even if it's just as a career backup.
For the view from fans in Indy, check out Colts blog Stampede Blue.
The Indianapolis Colts are now 0-7 to start the 2011 NFL season and this is shaping up to be one of the worst years in history for the Colts. That's what happens when you lose someone like Peyton Manning (but the team shouldn't be this bad).
Colts executive Bill Polian talked with Peter King this week and had a few Manning-related nuggets.
First, he said Manning could still practice and/or play this year, which is what the Colts have been saying all along. It seems like they're telling the truth there because they have yet to place Manning on injured reserve.
Second, he said Manning, who is recovering from surgery on his neck, is walking on a treadmill now and could begin jogging this week.
Third, Polian says he and Manning have talked about plans for 2012 and beyond but King says he wasn't specific on that. This could be an interesting subject down the road because, if the Colts earn the No. 1 pick, they could be faced with a big decision if given the opportunity to draft Andrew Luck.
SB Nation's Stampede Blue is covering this forgettable Colts season and currently asks:Who deserves the most blame for the 0-7 start?
The Indianapolis Colts have yet to place Peyton Manning on injured reserve even though most feel that Manning won't play a down for the Colts after undergoing surgery on his neck. Colts owner Jim Irsay caused a stir a couple weeks ago when he said Manning likely wouldn't play this season, and later clarified his comments to indicate that Manning isn't definitely out this year.
Manning spoke this week with the Associated Press and indicated that he still holds out hope he can play this year. Considering his type of injury, that will likely be a decision based on medical reports and not Manning himself.
Manning also said things are progressing well in his recovery.
Manning says he is getting X-rays every four weeks on his neck and his recovery has progressed to the point that doctors will allow him to stand on the sideline, which is where he plans to watch Sunday's game against Kansas City (1-3).
This isn't exactly "breaking news" but Manning hasn't talked much publicly about his injury.
Despite Manning's hope that he can return this year, SB Nation's Stampede Blue has argued that, with the Colts rash of injuries, they should just place him on IR now and free up a roster spot.
The Colts bring back quarterback Dan Orlovsky after Kerry Collins injury on Sunday Night Football.
If you were not previously aware, Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay really likes twitter. He also really likes using incorrect punctuation and text-speak on twitter, but that's entirely beside the point. Earlier today, a number of outlets reported that Irsay himself said that Peyton Manning would be out for the entire season due to his neck injury. However, Irsay has taken to twitter to deny a portion of those reports, stating that Manning has a slight chance of returning in December and that he never claimed the quarterback was definitely out for the year.
Even if Manning recovers by December, it might be best for the Colts to just play it extra safe and keep him out for the year. At 0-3, there's almost no chance that they're going to be in playoff contention come December. And if they are magically in playoff contention come December, why take the ball out of the hot hand of Kerry Collins/Curtis Painter/Mystery Quarterback X?
The Indianapolis Colts have yet to place Peyton Manning on injured reserve following a procedure he had on his neck, which suggests he could return at some point in the 2011 NFL season. But don't expect that to happen as Colts owner Jim Irsay reportedly told Super Bowl donors at a breakfast meeting on Monday not to expect Manning again until 2012.
This is coming from sources who spoke with WISH-TV in Indianapolis.
Sources at the breakfast meeting report Manning won't practice again until December and may not play again until 2012.
This isn't a huge surprise because I think most figured Manning would likely miss the season but the Colts haven't put Manning on IR which told us that they were holding out hope he could play again. Apparently, that's not the case.
Manning underwent surgery earlier this month, a surgery that the Colts confirmed and they called "uneventful". Manning attended the Colts Sunday Night Football game against the Pittsburgh Steelers and sat in the coaches' booth.
The next step for the Colts, if they truly do expect him to miss the season, would be placing Manning on IR. That can't make Colts fans at Stampede Blue very happy.
Peyton Manning received stem cell therapy for his neck, according to Jay Glazer of Fox Sports. Not available in the United States, Manning sought the stem cell therapy in Europe in the hopes to avoid a third surgical procedure on his neck.
Apparently, the stem cell therapy failed to do the trick. Manning had his third round of next surgery in early September. His May surgery, his second procedure, corrected a bulging disc in his neck. The third procedure was a “single level anterior fusion.”
Though a success, the surgery will sideline Manning for two to three months, and he likely will not play in 2011. The Colts have struggled without the face of their franchise, falling to 0-2 after a loss to the Cleveland Browns today.
Manning signed a five-year, $90 million contract extension at the end of July, a deal on par with the one Tom Brady agreed to with the Patriots last year.
For more reaction to the Manning news and the Colts' start to the season, visit Stampede Blue.
The surgeons who performed Indianapolis Colts quarterback Peyton Manning's third neck operation in 19 months say the operation "very well, without complication" and that the prognosis on his recovery is good, the Associated Press reports.
Los Angeles-based father and son doctors Robert Watkins Sr. and Robert Watkins Jr. of Watkins Spine performed the procedure at Marina Del Rey Hospital.
Manning underwent a procedure to repair a bulging disk in his neck at Northwestern Memorial in Chicago on May 23. That procedure, his second in 15 months, was expected to have a six-to-eight week recovery time. Thursday's procedure, a "single level anterior fusion" will keep the four-time league MVP out for two-to-three months, and could sideline Manning for the entire 2011 season.
The Colts had already ruled Manning out for this Sunday's season opener against the Houston Texans, ending Manning's 227-game consecutive start streak. Veteran Kerry Collins was coaxed out of retirement during training camp and be the first quarterback other than Manning to start in the regular season since 1997. Despite the grim prognosis of Manning's availability this season, the Colts are not ready to end Manning's season.
"Rehabilitation from such surgery is typically an involved process," the Colts official statement on Manning read. "Therefore, there will be no estimation of a return date at this time. We will keep Peyton on the active roster until we have a clearer picture of his recovery process."
For more reaction on the suddenly Manning-less Colts, visit Stampede Blue.
The Indianapolis Colts have confirmed an ESPN report that QB Peyton Manning underwent neck surgery on Thursday morning. They didn't give any details of the surgery but did note that the surgery is "performed regularly throughout the country", including two former Colts players last winter (and they have resumed their careers).
The newsworthy item in the Colts statement, other than confirming the surgery took place, is that they plan to keep him on the active roster "until we have a clearer picture of his recovery process." In other words, he's not going on IR -- yet.
As previously stated on Monday, Sept. 5th,
Peyton Manninghas undergone further testing and consultation with several specialists regarding his rehabilitation. The results of these tests and the consensus of the consultations was that further surgery was warranted. Peyton has undergone this surgery today by having a single level anterior fusion. The surgery was un-eventful.
This procedure is performed regularly throughout the country on persons from all walks of life, including professional football players. Two former Colts players had this same procedure last winter and have fully resumed their careers. Rehabilitation from such surgery is typically an involved process. Therefore, there will be no estimation of a return date at this time. We will keep Peyton on the active roster until we have a clearer picture of his recovery process.
Peyton will immediately begin the rehabilitation regimen mapped out by the surgeon. We anticipate no further updates or availabilities beyond those required by the NFL Media Policy for the immediate future.
Peyton Manning underwent a third surgery on his neck Thursday, this time for cervical fusion. SB Nation's medical expert explains this procedure, and why Manning has been forced to have so many operations for the same injury.
The Indianapolis Colts indicated on Wednesday that they'd have an update on QB Peyton Manning's neck injury soon and that update has come from ESPN's Chris Mortensen who reports Manning had surgery on his neck on Thursday morning.
Mort reports that Manning could miss 2-3 while recovering from the surgery. That would put his return sometime around November or December, which is the majority of the season.
That begs the question: Will the Colts put Manning on injured reserve?
Manning actually just got out of surgery. No plans for injured reserve as doctors monitor fusion result, per sources.
If there's even a slimmer of hope that Manning returns at some point this season then I wouldn't place him on IR. He's simply too important to the team if there's even a chance he can return for a few games, or the playoffs. If the Colts go out and lay an egg early in the season and the playoffs become unlikely, then IR becomes more of a possibility. But if I'm the Colts, it's worth keeping Manning's roster spot available until he's completely ruled out for the year.
The broader question in all of this is how this affects Manning's career. Some have suggested this type of surgery could have career-long implications. Check out SB Nation's Stampede Blue to see what Colts fans are saying about the possibility of this affecting the rest of Manning's career.
it's going to be a long season for the Indianapolis Colts. ESPN's Chris Mortensen is reporting that Colts QB Peyton Manning had neck surgery on Thursday morning and his recovery time is expected to be in the range of 2-3 months. Per Mort, there's been no decision whether to place Manning on injured reserve ending his season.
Manning's health has been the topic of conversation in the NFL for the last week. Colts executive Bill Polian confirmed earlier this week that Manning has been ruled out for Week 1 against the Houston Texans, which ends his consecutive games started streak at 208.
Reports and rumors surfaced earlier this week that Manning could be having another surgery very soon and Mort's report confirms that this surgery happened on Thursday morning.
With a 2-3 month recovery time, Manning wouldn't be returning to the field until around November, at the earliest. That timeline suggests that placing Manning on IR is a very real possibility.
SB Nation's Stampede Blue has been covering every inch of the Manning story so head on over there to see how the city of Indianapolis is taking the news.
The Indianapolis Colts are facing reality this weekend as QB Peyton Manning won't line up under center for the first time since the end of the 1997 season. The Colts made Manning the top pick in 1998 and he has started every game since he's been in the NFL.
It's already been confirmed that Manning will miss Sunday's game against the Houston Texans but the remaining question is how many more he'll miss. An Indy radio host reported that Manning had another surgery on his neck last weekend but Peter King of SI.com reports that he actually didn't.
Jay Glazer of FOX Sports joins the chorus reporting Manning didn't have a surgery last week but did say it's possible that surgery does ultimately happen, perhaps as soon as this weekend. Via Glazer's chat on FOXSports.com:
While im told he hasn't had surgery yet, I wouldn't be surprised if he has it before the weekend starts. Not sure how long this will shelve him if in fact he has the surgery as I believe he will
Glazer also says that another surgery may not necessarily keep Manning out for the year.
We'll see. If Manning can't go at all, it's hard to predict the Colts lighting the world on fire this year. QB Kerry Collins is a serviceable backup but he's no Manning (but who is?).
After much speculation, Indianapolis Colts executive Bill Polian went on local radio Wednesday and confirmed that the team has officially ruled QB Peyton Manning out for Sunday's Week 1 game against the Houston Texans. It should not have been a surprise but it was hard to digest considering the guy had started every NFL game he's been in dating back to 1998.
The next question in the Manning story is how long he'll be out. Colts owner Jim Irsay touched on this subject in two tweets on Thursday morning.
First, Irsay confirmed Manning did not have another surgery last weekend, as an Indy radio host reported.
Peyton didn't have a medical procedure last sunday,we'll have more info 2 add clarity 2 situation soon
Second, he suggested Manning could miss more than just one game.
NFL Season opens 2nite!We had a good practice yesterday and r guys r fired up 4 the season.#18's out for awhile,but compete,we will/BELIEVE
I don't know what "awhile" exactly means but it sounds like this may be more than a one-week injury. Several reports are surfacing that Manning could be done for the year but those haven't been confirmed and it sounds like the Colts haven't even made that decision yet.
Check out Stampede Blue where they're dissecting everything coming out of the Colts front office regarding Manning's injury.
In a statement Wednesday, the Indianapolis Colts quarterback said: "I simply am not healthy enough to play." Manning, who has started every game for the Colts since 1998, was deemed likely to be doubtful for the season opener when the team updated his status Monday. He had a second surgery on his neck in May and was only activated off the team's physically unable to perform (PUP) list on August 29. His statement means he will officially be out, unavailable to play for the first time in his career. "To say I am disappointed in not being able to play is an understatement. The best part about football is being out there on the field playing with my teammates. It will be tough not to be out there playing for the organization and our fans. I simply am not healthy enough to play, and I am doing everything I can to get my health back. The team will do fine without me, and I know for sure that I will miss them much more than they will miss me." Manning's absence means Kerry Collins will step in to start against the Texans. Collins, who had announced his retirement on July 7, was signed by the Colts last month as insurance in case Manning wasn't ready. This is why you have insurance.
In a statement Wednesday, the Indianapolis Colts quarterback said: "I simply am not healthy enough to play."
Manning, who has started every game for the Colts since 1998, was deemed likely to be doubtful for the season opener when the team updated his status Monday. He had a second surgery on his neck in May and was only activated off the team's physically unable to perform (PUP) list on August 29.
His statement means he will officially be out, unavailable to play for the first time in his career.
"To say I am disappointed in not being able to play is an understatement. The best part about football is being out there on the field playing with my teammates. It will be tough not to be out there playing for the organization and our fans. I simply am not healthy enough to play, and I am doing everything I can to get my health back. The team will do fine without me, and I know for sure that I will miss them much more than they will miss me."
Manning's absence means Kerry Collins will step in to start against the Texans. Collins, who had announced his retirement on July 7, was signed by the Colts last month as insurance in case Manning wasn't ready.
This is why you have insurance.
It's official: QB Peyton Manning's streak will end on Sunday when the Indianapolis Colts line up to play the Houston Texans. Colts executive Bill Polian confirmed Manning is indeed out for Sunday's game.
Though some won't believe it until QB Kerry Collins lines up under center on Saturday afternoon, this is about as official as it gets. Manning's consecutive games streak ends at 208 and this will mark the first regular season game he's started on the sidelines since he's been in the NFL.
Manning's 208 consecutive games played streak is incredibly impressive. CB Ronde Barber is next in line with 183 consecutive starts and the next quarterback in line is Peyton's brother, Eli Manning, who stands at 103 consecutive games started.
What a blow for the Colts. The situation is now focused on how long Manning will be out. If he misses just a game or two, and comes back healthy enough to be productive, then the Colts can still be considered among the teams fighting for the AFC South crown.
But if Manning misses more than just a couple of games, it could spell trouble for the Colts. They're clearly not the same team without Manning and it's hard to see them being competitive over the course of the season if Manning is missing more than a handful of games.
It's going to be strange on Sunday to see the first quarterback not named Peyton Manning start for the Colts since Jim Harbaugh in December 1997.
By now everyone knows the news involving Indianapolis Colts QB Peyton Manning. Due to his neck injury, the team is saying he will "likely be doubtful" for Sunday's Week 1 game against the Houston Texans, which would be the first time in his career (208 regular season games) that he's missed a start.
While we've known about Manning's injury for some time, the general consensus in league circles has been that, despite the injury, he'll somehow find a way to play. Past history has shown us that he always does. That's changing this week as the reports regarding Manning's neck paint a picture that the Colts QB almost certainly won't play on Sunday.
Here's some more evidence of the unlikelihood of Manning playing: No NFL starter listed as doubtful in 2010 ended up playing that week. None.
Football Outsiders has a fascinating chart looking at all the players listed as doubtful dating back to 2002 and how many of them ended up actually playing. Last year, not one starter listed as doubtful ended up playing.
So Manning's chances of playing on Sunday may be more bleak than just doubtful.
The news in the NFL today is that Indianapolis Colts QB Peyton Manning will "likely be doubtful" for Sunday's game against the Houston Texans due to a neck injury. If Manning does indeed miss the first game of the season, it'll snap a streak of 208 consecutive games started for Manning.
Dating back to the start of the 1998 season, the only quarterback to start a game for the Colts has been Peyton Manning. Think about how ridiculously long that is. Tee Martin was winning the national championship at Tennessee that year. The Broncos were beating the Packers in the Super Bowl. The Titans were still the Oilers.
It's been so long that the last quarterback to start a game for the Colts is now an NFL coach -- Jim Harbaugh!
It's hard to even fathom the Colts without Manning lining up to start the game but it appears that's what will happen next weekend when they play the Houston Texans. The Colts signed QB Kerry Collins this offseason and paid him $4 million which strongly suggests that he'll see some playing time this year.
We'll see but it appears we'll see someone lining up under center not named Peyton Manning for the first time since December 21, 1997. Hop on over to SB Nation's Stampede Blue, which didn't exist the last time someone other than Manning started a game for the Colts.
There's been a flurry of activity coming out of Indianapolis on Monday morning as reports are suggesting that Colts QB Peyton Manning could be in danger of missing the first game of the season -- or more -- as he recovers from an offseason surgery on his neck.
The key thing to remember is that, as of now, there's nothing confirmed on Manning's status, though the Colts indicating he'll likely be doubtful for Sunday's game. In response to all the media attention, the Colts have released a statement on Manning's status.
Here's the Colts statement, via Stampede Blue:
During the last week, the rate of improvement in Peyton's rehabilitation process slowed. Over the weekend Peyton experienced soreness in his back. It was originally thought to be a normal reaction to his rehabilitation regimen. When the soreness persisted, the Colts medical team decided to initiate diagnostic tests and to consult with a number of specialists around the country who have been involved in Peyton's case from the outset. That process continues. As a result of the most recent development the doctors have decided that Peyton will not practice. His participation therefore, in Sunday's game versus Houston will likely be doubtful. We will update his playing status as required by NFL policy as the week goes on.
At the conclusion of the diagnostic process, if there are any new developments in the prognosis which we outlined for Peyton at the start of training camp we will report them. As of now Peyton continues to deal with a complicated neurological recovery, the end date of which is unpredictable.
As was stated at the outset, it serves no useful purpose to speculate about hypothetical outcomes. When and if there are concrete medical facts to report we will do so.
We appreciate your consideration in this matter.
Hop on over to SB Nation's Stampede Blue for the latest but this is a very worrisome situation for the Colts, who could be lining up with a quarterback not named Peyton Manning for the first time since 1997.
Well, this story just changes constantly. After reports emerged on Sunday afternoon that Peyton Manning required further surgery on his neck, those reports were refuted by ESPN's Chris Mortensen, who said that Manning was being re-evaluated but no decision about a new procedure had been made. Now, a source has told Adam Schefter of ESPN that Manning will not have another surgery on his neck.
Whether or not Manning will be healthy in the immediate future remains to be seen, but he is not currently expected to start the Indianapolis Colts' season opener against the Houston Texans. The Colts are expected to hold a press conference around noon E.T. on Monday to address Manning's injury, the various rumors floating around, and his status for the season opener.
According to ESPN's Chris Mortensen, Indianapolis Colts quarterback Peyton Manning is being re-evaluated by several doctors because of the slow progress in his rehab from offseason neck surgery. However, his sources said that no new procedure on Manning's neck is scheduled at this time, contrary to a rumor circulating.
According to ESPN's 1070 The Fan in Indianapolis, Peyton Manning will need additional surgery on his neck. Some Colts fans describe the outlet as legit, but it's still just a report ... and other Colts fans aren't quite as convinced.
Since Kerry Collins has been pulled out of retirement to cover for Manning while he's out, there is obviously cause for concern on the Colts' side. However, it remains to be seen just how true this news is.
Manning has started 227 consecutive games, including the playoffs, the second-longest streak in NFL history for quarterbacks behind Brett Favre. Manning signed a $90 million contract at the end of July, but Colts fans probably didn't expect Manning to miss significant time from the neck surgery.
The Indianapolis Colts' worst fears may have come true, if a report by a radio host is to be believed. According to ESPN's 1070 The Fan in Indianapolis, Peyton Manning will need additional surgery on his neck. Some Colts fans describe the outlet as legit, but it's still just a report ... and other Colts fans aren't quite as convinced.
Manning had surgery on his neck back in May to repair a disk, which kept him out of the entire preseason.
This reported surgery would knock him out indefinitely, if it's not just a rumor. Kerry Collins was drawn out of retirement during the last full week of August and had already been in line to start at quarterback for the Colts if Manning could not go. It now appears that the team will need to count on Collins for much longer than expected.
Over at 18 to 88, Nate Dunlevy breaks down a series of cryptic tweets from Colts owner Jim Irsay and wonders if he's been hinting at Manning being lost for the season.
Manning signed a $90 million contract at the end of July, but Colts fans probably didn't expect Manning to miss significant time from the neck surgery. Hey, at least Curtis Painter isn't going to start for the Colts.
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Peyton Manning still might not be ready to start in the Indianapolis Colts' regular season opener against the Houston Texans, but at least he's getting back to practice. The Colts activated him from the Physically Unable to Perform (PUP) list on Monday and he will be allowed to start practicing on a limited basis immediately.
Here's what the Colts had to say about Manning's rehabilitation and practice schedule, via their club website:
He will participate in practice on a limited basis. All of his practice work will be scripted and on a controlled basis. The participation in limited football activity is a standard procedure in the club's rehab protocol.
Manning underwent neck surgery in May and is still believed to be a number of weeks from returning to full action. If Manning is unable to start against the Texans, which seems very likely despite this positive development, Colts General Manager Bill Polian has said that Kerry Collins, not Curtis Painter will be the likely starter.
With the Colts' signing of Kerry Collins, it's clear that Indianapolis thinks Peyton Manning's health is doubtful enough to necessitate veteran help. ESPN's Adam Schefter is reading the tea leaves to mean that Manning may well miss the Colts' season opener.
@mortreport reporting Colts' braintrust does not believe Peyton Manning will be ready for regular-season opener in Houston. Manning hopeful.
That's ESPN's Chris Mortensen Schefter's referring to, and Mortensen's information from the Colts is about the best anyone has to go on regarding Manning at this moment. Manning, still recovering from surgery on his neck in May, was throwing in Colts camp at the beginning of August, but has yet to take part in any preseason games and will likely miss the entirety of the exhibition season.
Manning's been one of the NFL's best quarterbacks for the better part of a decade, but he's also been one of the league's healthiest players during that time. Manning has made 208 consecutive starts, which ranks him second all-time among NFL quarterbacks to Brett Favre and eighth all-time among NFL players in terms of consecutive starts made, and has started every game of his NFL career.
Less than a month after signing franchise quarterback Peyton Manning to a five-year, $90 million contract, Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay took to his Twitter page to express concern that the 11-time Pro Bowler may not be recovered from offseason neck surgery in time to start the regular season-opener against the Houston Texans.
"We r evaluating the QB sitch, #18 healing but we must 2 b prepared 4 early season possibility without him,defense has 2 pick it up,big time!," Irsay wrote.
Manning underwent surgery in May, his second neck operation in 15 months. The four-time MVP downplayed questions about his recovery time, pointing out that he was back on the field a few weeks after the 2010 operation. Initial estimates, including from Irsay, pegged Manning's return from the latest surgery in the 6-to-8 week range.
Prior to the end of the lockout, Manning suggested that the lockout preventing his from working directly with the Colts medical staff was contributing to his slower-than-expected recovery. That did not prevent the Colts from signing Manning to the $18 million per year contract, but three weeks into training camp, the most important player on the team remains on the sidelines while his replacements -- Curtis Painter, Dan Orlovsky, Nate Davis (since released) and rookie Mike Hartline -- have completed just 43 percent of their 52 pass attempts for 309 yards with one touchdown and four interceptions for a passer rating of 36.5.
For more on Manning and the Colts, visit Stampede Blue.
The Indianapolis Star reports that Colts quarterback Peyton Manning, who is currently on the physically unable to perform list due to neck surgery back in May, was "running and throwing" in camp on Thursday.
The Indianapolis Colts veteran quarterback was running and throwing on the Macholtz Stadium field late this afternoon. One person who saw Manning throwing said he was doing so with "decent velocity."
Stampede Blue, SB Nation's Colts blog, notes that another Colts beat writer recently said that it was unlikely that Manning would practice with the Colts at any point in camp, and that he probably would not play at all during the preseason. While Manning might be in a somewhat unique situation of being able to get away with that, it still would surely help the Colts' entire offense if he were able to get on the field before the Colts' first regular-season game. We'll see if what happened on Thursday is a step in the right direction.
Peyton Manning said that he isn't worried about being the NFL's highest paid player earlier this week as he would rather his Indianapolis Colts take care of the rest of the team's free agents as well. Regardless, Manning will still flirt with one of the best salaries in the NFL following the two side's agreeing to a $90 million contract on Saturday.
Manning and the Colts came to terms on a five-year deal worth a reported $90 million, according to ESPN's Chris Mortnensen. On average, according to the Tweet, Manning's new deal is equal to Tom Brady's salary with the New England Patriots.
Colts fans should certainly be happy about this new deal as SB Nation's Stampede Blue wrote Friday that the issue of not being able to lock up one of the league's best quarterbacks was making Indianapolis's front office look incompetent.
The longer these questions linger, the longer Peyton goes unsigned and the Colts sit idle, the louder the whispers will grow that Chris Polian, quite simply, doesn't know what he's doing. It doesn't matter if that criticism is fair or not. Perception is everything in this business, and the fact that it is taking this long to get this deal is not a good thing for Chris Polian's reputation. People who cover the league are already asking me if this guy is as incompetent as he seems (as if I know or not; I've never met him).
Now it'll be interesting to see if the Colts get more active in free agency since they have Manning locked up for the longterm.
The drama in Indianapolis this offseason has been QB Peyton Manning's contract. Colts owner Jim Irsay recently expressed frustration that the deal wasn't done and said he was prepared to make Manning the highest paid player in the league.
Manning's response? He says he doesn't need to be the highest paid player so long as the Colts use the extra money towards making the team better. Via Indy Star:
"I'm willing to take less than they've offered if they are going to take that money to keep players we need to keep and go get other players. All I want is for them to have the cap and the cash to keep the players they want to keep and to sign other players.''
Also notable is that in the same interview with the Indianapolis Star Manning says his contract should be done by "today, tomorrow, definitely Sunday."
We'll see what the final numbers are but from many accounts, including those of Colts fans, this thing needs to get done very soon.
Peyton Manning is the NFL's only four-time MVP, and it's his production for the Indianapolis Colts over the last decade that had few eyebrows raised when Colts owner Jim Irsay promised to make Manning the NFL's highest-paid player after the 2010 season in February 2010.
Now, despite the new NFL collective bargaining agreement making it harder for Irsay to do that and keep a Super Bowl-caliber team around Manning, he's still committed to the idea, but also telling a group of media members on a conference call on Monday that it might be tricky.
I’ve offered to make him the highest paid player. We know when we look at our team, we need people to surround him to have a chance to win a Super Bowl. With the cap actually going down this year, [Tom] Brady’s contract is something that would be reduced so-to-speak. There’s only so much you can pay one player. Whatever the number is, $20 million, you’re topping off there. Then it becomes very difficult to be competitive and to field a team.
Considering how long Irsay had been holding out the highest-paid player carrot to Manning and his agent, Tom Condon, this rhetoric might mean a stickier series of negotiations between Manning and the only team he's ever quarterbacked in the NFL.
Still, it's hard to imagine Manning leaving the Colts — despite his off-season surgery and a down 2010, the Colts know there's no one they could get to replace Manning — which means this posturing is likely going to affect the Colts' roster and salary cap flexibility more than it will Manning's bank account.
Back in May, Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay told reporters that QB Peyton Manning's neck injury, which required surgery on May 23, would be just an six-to-eight week recovery process suggesting he would be ready for the Colts 2011 training camp.
Apparently, that's not the case. When the Colts camp is scheduled to start on July 31, it will be about 10 weeks since Manning's surgery and, according to Bob Kravitz of the Indianapolis Star, Manning won't be ready for the start of camp.
A source familiar with Manning's health situation said Tuesday that Manning will not be able to participate at the outset, and at this point, there's no way of knowing how much time he might miss.
It could be a week. It could be a couple of weeks. Or even most, or all, of training camp.
Manning is the type of guy who could miss all of camp, return in September, and still go on to play a Pro Bowl-caliber season but that's obviously not the scenario the Colts want to see.
We likely won't get a true sense of the timetable on Manning's return until the Colts medical staff can evaluate him. Because of the lockout, they don't have a good idea of where he stands.
As Kravitz said, it could be one missed day, a week or even all of camp. We just don't know yet.
Indianapolis Colts quarterback Peyton Manning is slowly returning from offseason neck surgery, his second in the past 15 months. But his recovery has been slowed because of NFL lockout rules restricting players from receiving medical attention from their team, as well as an inability to use team facilities for rehabilitation. When the lockout began, team facilities were shuddered, forcing players to workout on their own and seek their own treatment for various injuries picked up during the season or for surgeries that took place after the season ended.
Manning told ESPN.com that the familiarity with the Colts' training staff provided him comfort, but with that gone he's been forced to proceed with caution.
"The lockout didn't allow me to work my (Colts) therapist, Erin Barill, and I'm just not comfortable taking any chances with this thing," Manning said. "Erin knows me. He's rehabbed me through two other surgeries (neck and knee) and I think most people understand that once you build up a trust with your therapist, that's the guy you want and need to work with."
The inability for injured players to rehab with their own teams and receive in-house medical treatment has been one of the more unfortunate parts of the lockout. Players injured during the season, playing under contract for the owners that have no locked them out, have been stuck in no-man's land as the NFL and NFLPA battle it out over billions of dollars.
Indianapolis Colts quarterback Peyton Manning underwent surgery on his next on Monday to relieve what he called a "disk-related issue." It's the second time in the last 15 months Manning has had surgery on his neck, though he called minimally invasive and didn't expect to be on the shelf for long. With the NFL lockout showing no signs of coming to an end, Manning has plenty of free-time, and may not miss any team activities, depending on how long the work-stoppage drags on.
Colts' owner Jim Irsay added the surgery comes with a six-to-eight week recovery time and Manning made it known he was headed for surgery before the procedure.
"It's usually a six-to-eight week recovery period," Irsay said. "I think this is one you can bounce back from quickly."
Irsay said the quarterback contacted the team and its doctors before heading to Chicago for the operation.
The Colts placed the franchise tag on Manning before the lockout began. Manning and the team had been working towards a long-term deal before the lockout derailed the plans and left the franchise quarterback in limbo. The two sides will reconvene whenever the owners and players can settle in an effort to keep Manning in a Colts uniform through the end of his career.
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