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Polian says Peyton will be back “at some point”

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With the storm clouds gathering in Indianapolis and some fearing that quarterback Peyton Manning won’t play at all this year and may never play again, Colts vice chairman Bill Polian sees the glass as being 10-percent full.

He is going to be back at some point,” Polian told WISH-TV on Monday, while conceding that Manning won’t play in Week One at Houston.  “What we don’t know right now is what the results of the diagnostic tests are, what is the prognosis going forward.  This is uncharted territory, but we do know that the nerve regeneration takes time and it just hasn’t healed yet.  It will.”

But how do we know it will?  No one knows it will.

The problem is that it’s nothing anyone can will to happen.  The fact that Peyton practiced last week and isn’t practicing this week suggests that Peyton may have pushed too hard to try to get back for Week One.

“It’s frustrating for Peyton, certainly it’s a bit frustrating for us, but we recognized that the most important thing is that he heals up and he gets ready to go,” Polian said.  “It’s no sense having him out there in an impaired condition, so the bottom line is he’ll be back at some point.  We don’t know when.  We can’t predict when.  But whenever it is, it will be good to have him back.  In the meantime, Kerry [Collins] will hold the fort, and we’ll go from here.”

How they’ll go remains to be seen.  But few expect any of this to go well.

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49 Responses to “Polian says Peyton will be back “at some point””
  1. nyctexan says: Sep 6, 2011 11:04 AM

    Wow, this shed so much light on the situation. I guess we now know Peyton won’t be retiring.

  2. jdreed68 says: Sep 6, 2011 11:04 AM

    As a Coach

  3. billinva says: Sep 6, 2011 11:05 AM

    So will your playoff chances.

  4. AlanSaysYo says: Sep 6, 2011 11:05 AM

    If Bill Polian has finally admitted that Manning won’t play this week, things are worse than anyone thought. For Polian to give up the paper-thin guise that Manning had a chance to play means that he may not be playing in the month of September, let alone the first week.

  5. claymath52 says: Sep 6, 2011 11:07 AM

    Thumbs up if you’re already tired of Manning Watch 2011.

  6. jw731 says: Sep 6, 2011 11:08 AM

    I bust every teams fans balls on this site….It’s fun, and i know they bust mine as well, all in the rivarly so to speak…I have called Manning (the real one, see i just busted G-hens fans balls), Frankenstein, and many other things, but i would hate to see his career end, he truly is a consumate professional, and takes his craft as serious as fans take their loyalty…

  7. iknowitallandmore says: Sep 6, 2011 11:10 AM

    Get off the Peyton Pitty Potty already!!!
    Geez, I’m sick of hearing about that long necked , big headed , prima donna.

    The guy is clearly on the downside of his career, he is DONE. The Colts weren’t going to win the division this year with or without him. It’s the Texans division now.

    Geez, talk about Lord Favre, Spygate, ANYTHING else except that pompous jerk

  8. homelanddefense says: Sep 6, 2011 11:15 AM

    jw731, I just said the same thing to a coworker. I dont like Peyton, and I see the Colts as “rivals” to my team. But I dont want him to go out like this, he should grow old and make the decision based on his terms. Not an injury.

  9. minnesotablizzard says: Sep 6, 2011 11:21 AM

    After Collins flops hard….

    it’s time for…

    FAVRE WATCH 2011

    brought to you by PFT on NBC

  10. jacunn2000 says: Sep 6, 2011 11:22 AM

    I guess I will need to put an “*” next to Houston this year. Manning has owned us, and it is a shame that he will not play against us in week 1. I can hear it now, “Houston only won because the Colts did not have Manning.” Worst part about it is that it is true……

  11. iknowitallandmore says: Sep 6, 2011 11:28 AM


    Please say it aint so??? Peyton may not play in the opener and may miss all or part of the season. This is a travesty, how can I continue living?

    My world is crumbling around me.

    Gimme a freakin break.

  12. packerswambulance says: Sep 6, 2011 11:37 AM

    Favre was seen this morning running sprints in Hattiesburg.

  13. kd75 says: Sep 6, 2011 11:37 AM

    Maybe if Peyton didn’t have that massive cranium, his neck wouldn’t hurt.

  14. talkintrashallday says: Sep 6, 2011 11:40 AM

    I remember when Tom Brady went down for the season and everybody thought the Pats were done. Then Matt Cassel stepped up….wonder if the same thing will happen with Brian Hoyer?

  15. tampajoey says: Sep 6, 2011 11:45 AM

    Manning should have had the neck surgery right after the season ended and gave himself time to heal instead of waiting until the last week in May. Let this be a lessen to veteran players to have offseason surgeries early in the offseason and not a few weeks before training camp. Veteran players always wait to get their surgeries done so they can skip and skate through training camp.

  16. giantsrule says: Sep 6, 2011 11:47 AM

    …and then who will have the longest consecutive starts streak???? Yes the man that everyone loves to hate….ELI MANNING! He will be at 103 straight! Oh yeah and if he goes this whole season, that will put him at 119 and he will be 3rd all time in the history of the NFL for consectuive starts! Plus a SB ring, plus a SB MVP. Oh and he has 2 straight 4000+ yards and 30TD’s….4 straight is the record! Hmmmm, and some of you actually compare him with Trent Dilfer??? Please!

  17. homelanddefense says: Sep 6, 2011 11:49 AM

    the difference is Matt Cassell is a decent QB, and that Pats team was stacked (16-0) the previous year. This Colts team is good, and I dont think they have a QB on the bench that is on Cassell’s level.

  18. thekingdave says: Sep 6, 2011 12:01 PM

    Wrong, Texans are winning the division this year, Manning or no Manning.

  19. buttercheck says: Sep 6, 2011 12:02 PM

    Polian talked to WISH TV? couldn’t he have just WISHED Manning was better?

  20. Grulks says: Sep 6, 2011 12:05 PM

    “The fact that Peyton practiced last week and isn’t practicing this week suggests that Peyton may have pushed too hard to try to get back for Week One.”

    You make it seem like by practicing, he tweaked something. That’s not the case, this isn’t a type of injury where you can do further damage by practicing, such as a pulled hammy or somethign like that.Practicing/not practicing isn’t going to speed up the process of his nerves healing.

    Basically, the reason he isn’t practicing is bc the arm strength just isn’t there right now. That’s a direct result of the nerve damage/surgery. It’s basically like he is trying to throw the ball, and when he brain says “throw” his arm can’t respond properly.

    Typically, it takes 4-8 weeks for that to heal. Clearly, he is already past that time frame. No one really knows how long it is going to take, bc no one (including the plethora of doctors he has seen) knows what the complication is.

  21. bloggingainteazzy says: Sep 6, 2011 12:05 PM


    Even if down syndrome Eli plays the whole season he still won’t be 3rd!! Dummy!!

  22. supashug says: Sep 6, 2011 12:11 PM

    nerve regeneration, no way boss, anyone like myself that has had back surgery knows that nerves dont necessarily regenerate. In fact most of the times the issue is deadening the nerves

    How did this crop up so late in the off season anyway, surgery in May?

  23. halfie6 says: Sep 6, 2011 12:17 PM

    minnesotablizzard says:
    Sep 6, 2011 11:21 AM
    After Collins flops hard….

    it’s time for…

    FAVRE WATCH 2011


    Favre’s head would bounce nicely off the Colts’ turf.

  24. istateyourname says: Sep 6, 2011 12:22 PM

    Even Peyton’s Neck thinks Peyton’s Head is too big.

  25. fjd10 says: Sep 6, 2011 12:30 PM

    For a guy who rarely got hit this is a big injury1 What would have happened if he had to take the beating other qbs did.

  26. ubummer says: Sep 6, 2011 12:32 PM


    “Please, oh please, let Manning come back so I don’t look like an idiot for giving him that huge contract with all that guarenteed money when I knew he had this problem.”

  27. zaggs says: Sep 6, 2011 12:45 PM

    “bloggingainteazzy says: Sep 6, 2011 12:05 PM


    Even if down syndrome Eli plays the whole season he still won’t be 3rd!! Dummy!!”

    Um, considering @giantsrule said “and then who will have the longest consecutive starts streak” it was obvious to anyone with an IQ above 20 that he meant active QB’s. Next on the list of consecutive starts by an active QB is Eli. Rivers is 3rd about 30 games back.

  28. goatpudding says: Sep 6, 2011 12:48 PM

    @fjd10: You speak of Manning’s lack of being abused as some implied indication he is soft when really it is an indication of his ability to get the ball out of the pocket. Let’s face it, his line over the years have been over-achievers at best. Praising other QB’s for taking more of a licking is akin to praising inability. Sure lots of QB’s take hits and get up. But is that something really to admire?…

  29. goatpudding says: Sep 6, 2011 12:54 PM

    What I mean to say is: Is it better to get hit and get up or better to be talented enough to rarely ever get hit at all?

  30. kingmj4891 says: Sep 6, 2011 12:59 PM

    Colts go 5-5 first ten weeks with Collins as starter.

    Peyton comes back and they go 6-0 to a 11-5 record and wildcard spot.

    Colts defeat the Patriots in the Wildcard 42-24

    Beat the Steelers in the Divisionals 35-32

    Beat the Chargeres in the AFC Championship 21-14.

    And Win the Superbowl versus the Vince Young led Eagles 28-27


    Peyton goes on IR and Indy has an 0-16 season and drafts Andrew Luck to replace Manning in a few years.

    Either way its going to be a weird season for Indy.

  31. souldogdave says: Sep 6, 2011 1:13 PM

    Peyton will retire. End of story.

  32. CKL says: Sep 6, 2011 1:18 PM

    homelanddefense says: Sep 6, 2011 11:49 AM

    the difference is Matt Cassell is a decent QB, and that Pats team was stacked (16-0) the previous year. This Colts team is good, and I dont think they have a QB on the bench that is on Cassell’s level.
    And if the Colts go even 5-11 that means they are the same amount worse w/o Manning in 2011 as the Pats were in 08 w/o Brady.

  33. polishkingski says: Sep 6, 2011 1:28 PM

    hope his money paid for the very best surgeons. my back operation left me with a dead numb left leg and after six years of exercise i realize the feeling is never coming back. you cannot build muscles if you cannot feel them in the first place. this is very bad news.

  34. Panda Claus says: Sep 6, 2011 1:37 PM

    Why hasn’t Carson Palmer’s name come up in conversations about Manning and the Colts yet? Maybe that happens if Collins has a bad first game.

  35. 4evrnyt says: Sep 6, 2011 1:38 PM

    Do we need any more proof that the Colts are a one trick pony(pun intended)? Remove Manning and analysts start picking the team to go 8-8 and the fans all feel like their world has ended.

    There isn’t a single team that relies and rides on one position more then the Colts do at QB and the reality is that once Manning does retire you can pretty much say goodbye to the Colts for the next decade or so.

  36. mineallmine001 says: Sep 6, 2011 1:41 PM

    Favre has out his favorite wranglers and is polishing his lawn tractor for his ride into indy.

    you think they will throw palm branches down as he rides in?

    The junkmailer rides again

  37. Deb says: Sep 6, 2011 1:45 PM

    When the Colts agreed to pay Collins $4 million for a single season, I knew Peyton would be out at least for the opener and perhaps one or two games more. But I still thought Manning’s recovery was going okay. However, for Polian to just throw up his hands like this suggests the situation is far more serious than anyone knew.

    Kerry is a strong stand-in, so the concern isn’t losing Manning for a couple of games but the possibility of losing Manning period. As a football fan, I’d hate to see that happen. Stress from the pressure to return will only further undermine his recovery. I pray this is just a temporary setback.

  38. jagwar73 says: Sep 6, 2011 1:48 PM

    Thanks for clearing that up Bill! You ARE the best.

  39. golonger says: Sep 6, 2011 1:52 PM

    Manning’s career is over!!!….If any of you think otherwise….I am sorry………he is done!

  40. golonger says: Sep 6, 2011 1:53 PM

    ..and I will laugh when Collins takes them to a 10-6 record and a playoff birth!

  41. golonger says: Sep 6, 2011 1:54 PM

    Colts = joke of an organization!

  42. pigskinswag says: Sep 6, 2011 1:55 PM

    Peyton Manning is the New Tim Tebow of PFT (everything that he does is article worthy)

  43. glac1 says: Sep 6, 2011 2:17 PM

    As I said in early August his career is serious doubt. Injuries like this will only become worse in a violent game. Is he smart enough to walk away…or will he be carted away. THAT is the question.

  44. ctattles says: Sep 6, 2011 2:20 PM

    If I was a colts fan itd be easier having my great player go out with an injury and always wonder what could have been instead of him play out his career and fall short of all the records they thought je was going to have and only have 1 super bowl

  45. indyff955 says: Sep 6, 2011 2:35 PM


    Just curious. Which franchise do you support?

  46. golonger says: Sep 6, 2011 3:17 PM

    Hey David Gerrard is available!!!!!!!!!!!!

  47. grant444 says: Sep 6, 2011 4:09 PM

    I’d like to Peyton to come back Week 4 – after the Colts play the Steelers!!!

  48. routerunner says: Sep 6, 2011 4:28 PM

    Sounds like that $40mil guaranteed was well spent.

  49. jasoncnz says: Sep 6, 2011 4:46 PM

    golonger says:

    Hey David Gerrard is available!!!!!!!!!!!!



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