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Polian on Manning report: “I don’t know anything about that”

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The Colts have quickly responded to the Indianapolis radio report claiming that Peyton Manning will require another neck surgery.

“I don’t know anything about that. I honestly don’t,” Colts President Bill Polian told SI’s Peter King.

That’s not a confirmation, but it’s not exactly a denial either. It reminds us of the Steelers-Cardinals Super Bowl in 2009 when PFT broke the story about Ben Roethlisberger requiring x-rays.

King asked Steelers coach Mike Tomlin back then if x-rays had occurred on Roethlisberger’s back.

“Not that I heard,” Tomlin said.

We all learned after the Super Bowl that the story was dead on and Roethlisberger was hurt.

We don’t know if Manning needs surgery, but there is growing concern that he will miss playing time.  ESPN’s Adam Schefter said on air last week he thought Kerry Collins would start the opener.

After talking to Polian, King wrote the following on Twitter:

“Don’t go thinking Manning’s fine+will play in 7 days at Houston. I’m starting to believe he won’t. [Kerry Collins] could be a pretty smart $4m buy. . . . Talked to an authority on Peyton surgery this weekend. Learned it’s all about nerve regeneration. You can’t rush Mother Nature.”

Whether the Colts like it or not, Manning’s health will be the biggest story in the league this week.

(And possibly every week after that until he’s ready to play.)

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35 Responses to “Polian on Manning report: “I don’t know anything about that””
  1. bennyd720 says: Sep 4, 2011 9:54 PM

    What you talkin’ bout Willis?

  2. hobartbaker says: Sep 4, 2011 9:54 PM

    Colts are confident Peyton will be much improved when he gets back from Lourdes.

  3. empireredd says: Sep 4, 2011 9:57 PM

    Texans finally make the playoffs?

  4. transam7816 says: Sep 4, 2011 10:00 PM

    Biggest story to me is that they just got this guy, who is on the decline, a nice contract.

  5. misterpigglesworth says: Sep 4, 2011 10:01 PM

    Hows 3-13 sound Indy?

  6. eagleswin says: Sep 4, 2011 10:03 PM

    Thank god Peyton signed that lucrative extension earlier this offseasson. Polian is most likely regetting it.

  7. hound32 says: Sep 4, 2011 10:03 PM

    i hope he recovers after week 2 ..maybe the Browns can pull the upset .

  8. mataug says: Sep 4, 2011 10:04 PM

    If Manning is out for the season, it will work well for them… they get to draft Andrew Luck lol

  9. macker1283 says: Sep 4, 2011 10:08 PM

    I think Jim Irsay’s twitter posting of about an hour ago pretty much confirms it. Referencing how NASA turned the Apollo 13 disaster into their finest hour.

  10. jpres2001ss says: Sep 4, 2011 10:10 PM

    8-8 if Peyton is indeed hurt. Not a fan but let’s hope this guy gets healthy.

  11. croghan1919 says: Sep 4, 2011 10:11 PM

    C’est la guerre.
    C’est la vie!

  12. scudbot says: Sep 4, 2011 10:13 PM

    Even bigger than if Terrelle Pryor will ask for an appeal of his suspension?

  13. "Cue the haters in 3….2…..1……” says: Sep 4, 2011 10:14 PM

    Is Favre behind this? Peyton should come in and take a knee every week as the starter and then exit the game until he’s healthy enough to play.

  14. voiceofreason18 says: Sep 4, 2011 10:24 PM

    Please be bull please. I will surely cancel my directv order. I will need a bar for this season if its true, stay drunk all day sunday and watch my colts be trampled.

  15. j0esixpack says: Sep 4, 2011 10:31 PM

    I can’t help but feel all of this is just a marketing ploy for Peyton Manning’s nationwide chain of neck surgery clinics.

  16. Mr. Wright 212 says: Sep 4, 2011 10:31 PM

    He’ll play.

  17. goforthanddie says: Sep 4, 2011 10:36 PM

    And just think, this might all have been a non-issue if folks had gotten off their asses and solved the CBA sooner. Seems pretty stupid cutting a guy like Manning off from the medical staff he’s most used to/comfortable with.

  18. stanklepoot says: Sep 4, 2011 10:36 PM

    “Cue the haters in 3….2…..1……” says: Sep 4, 2011 10:14 PM

    Is Favre behind this? Peyton should come in and take a knee every week as the starter and then exit the game until he’s healthy enough to play.
    ________________________
    Yeah, that would be quite an iron man record then, wouldn’t it? Not a huge Manning fan (don’t have anything against him either), but I just don’t see Peyton disrespecting the game like that. Here’s another idea for you, however. Why not take your obsession with Favre back to your mother’s basement where it belongs? Love Favre, hate Favre, or don’t give a damn about him, but Favre earned that consecutive start record the hard way. The man played through injuries that would have some QBs on IR these days. Even after the consecutive start streak was over, he took the field when pretty much his entire throwing arm was purple. I don’t care what you think about the guy, that’s iron man football right there. Going in on the first down of a game, taking a knee, and leaving the game to artificially extend a start streak is a slap in the face to every player who has ever taken the field.

  19. croghan1919 says: Sep 4, 2011 10:38 PM

    @voiceorreason18,
    Believe me bro, you don’t need DirectTV OR a bar to stay drunk all day.
    IF this is the way it is and it’s nothing more serious than 1/2 a step back for PM, I hope K. Collins can do for the Colts what Charlie Batch did for the Steelers last year.

  20. rayjayjohnsonjr says: Sep 4, 2011 10:44 PM

    Will he still be able to do all those TV commercials with his ‘bad’ neck? Gosh!

  21. all4patriots says: Sep 4, 2011 10:46 PM

    bogus rumor put out there to make Peyton look heroic when he returns and leads them to a 7-10 record.

    Look how brave and tough he is! The doctors wanted to operate!

  22. steelersandladyboysfan says: Sep 4, 2011 10:47 PM

    Any word on whether Tressel can get him a team discount at The Scooter Store?

  23. all4patriots says: Sep 4, 2011 10:49 PM

    meant 7-9, unless 7 wins takes that sad-sack division

  24. 4512dawg4512 says: Sep 4, 2011 10:54 PM

    Little Mr. Manning sat on a tuffet eating his curds and whey. Along came a spider that sat right beside him and said “ehhh, what the f*ck is wrong with your neck”? Ohhhhhhhh

  25. Spencer says: Sep 4, 2011 10:56 PM

    A neck injury is way too serious to mess with. Keep him out as long as necessary.

  26. jus10jonez says: Sep 4, 2011 10:58 PM

    @stanklepoot – yea Favre did play through injuries, but that’s also how he ended up becoming addicted to pain killers.

  27. canetic says: Sep 4, 2011 10:59 PM

    In general, “No” means “no.”

    “I don’t know anything about that” or “I haven’t heard that” means it’s 100% true.

  28. supersuckers3 says: Sep 4, 2011 11:02 PM

    “Going in on the first down of a game, taking a knee, and leaving the game to artificially extend a start streak is a slap in the face to every player who has ever taken the field.”

    ————

    I agree. So is flopping on a run play to get a buddy (Straham) a sack record in a rout.

  29. bradygazelle says: Sep 4, 2011 11:10 PM

    Meow.

  30. clavette says: Sep 4, 2011 11:17 PM

    all4patriots says:
    Sep 4, 2011 10:46 PM
    bogus rumor put out there to make Peyton look heroic when he returns and leads them to a 7-10 record.

    Look how brave and tough he is! The doctors wanted to operate!

    sorta like how everytime brady loses in the playoffs a new “mysterious” injury comes up so he has an excuse?

    typical dbag pats fan. cant wait for the jets to knock them outta the playoffs again this year

  31. omegaichiban says: Sep 4, 2011 11:27 PM

    they should have let the staff or Peyton’s favorite trainer quit (wink wink) and then work with him until the lockout ended. Then they could magically
    have un-quit and Peytons nerves might not have regenerated fully, but we wouldnt’ve had to listen to him whine all offseason how he couldn’t see his guys.

  32. thetooloftools says: Sep 5, 2011 12:50 AM

    Kerry Collins is ready to roll.
    Wait till the bullets start flying.
    He knows… trust me… he knows.
    No drama.
    No B.S.
    No kidding.

  33. goindy2006 says: Sep 5, 2011 7:47 AM

    Shut your mouth and pay the bills…

  34. ICDogg says: Sep 5, 2011 8:01 AM

    Is this the Frankenstein neck bolt procedure?

  35. popolover says: Sep 5, 2011 8:31 AM

    Polian NEVER lies.

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