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Peyton Manning: “I will miss them much more than they will miss me”

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The Colts have already declared Peyton Manning out for Week One. This won’t be like when Brett Favre was declared “out” last year, and then started anyway.

Manning released a statement Wednesday, which seems to close the matter for the week.

“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, Manning said. “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 is not practicing this week.  The early declaration of his status is a sign that he’s not particularly close to playing.

This is truly the great unknown for the Colts. For a column on NBCSports.com Wednesday, I looked at whether the organization will be able to survive Manning’s injury until he gets back.

Unlike Ben Roethlisberger’s four-game suspension to start last year, no one is sure when Manning’s absence will end.

UPDATE: NFL Network’s Rich Eisen had a measured, sensible take on Manning Wednesday on PFT Live. 

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69 Responses to “Peyton Manning: “I will miss them much more than they will miss me””
  1. nickster31 says: Sep 7, 2011 1:42 PM

    At least if Manning is out for the year, they will get to draft his replacement, Andrew Luck.

  2. oldhamletman says: Sep 7, 2011 1:44 PM

    that’s funny Peyton… very funny….

  3. vahawker says: Sep 7, 2011 1:44 PM

    If by “fine”, he means they will get crushed and have no chance for a playoff spot if he doesn’t return soon…then I have to agree…they will be just fine.

  4. maddenisfordorks says: Sep 7, 2011 1:44 PM

    Maybe now the NFL will change the rules to allow Jughead to play with a neck brace.

    Somehow Goodell will fine someone for hurting Nancy.

  5. Davo says: Sep 7, 2011 1:45 PM

    “I will miss them much more than they will miss me”

    I highly doubt that, Peyton.

  6. goodmengoodwill says: Sep 7, 2011 1:46 PM

    Why hasn’t the doctor who performed this surgery been named?

  7. bdert says: Sep 7, 2011 1:46 PM

    The beginning of the end…

  8. myspaceyourface says: Sep 7, 2011 1:47 PM

    What the #$%^&* does Ben Roethlisberger have to do with this. . . .

    Come on man.

    Get well Peyton, for life 1st. Worry about football another day.

  9. jimbobobjr says: Sep 7, 2011 1:48 PM

    “I will miss them much more than they will miss me blah blah blah…” Gimme a break Peyton. You ARE the team and you know it. The “aw shucks” routine got tired years ago. That being said, I hope you have a quick recovery and return to full health. The NFL isn’t the same without you.

  10. nationalmediacansuckit says: Sep 7, 2011 1:49 PM

    Dude, you had a nice run. Since Peyton was drafted all other 31 teams have been through 3 or more starting QB’s due to injuries or bad qb play. You were over due for an injury. No one in the AFC South will be shedding a tear.

  11. iminurheadz says: Sep 7, 2011 1:49 PM

    Yeah they won’t miss you much. They can now be underachievers just like Caldwell and Polian

  12. favreforever says: Sep 7, 2011 1:52 PM

    Favre says, “Isn’t that why they have neck braces? So you can go out and play with a broken neck?”.

  13. purplekoolaid1 says: Sep 7, 2011 1:53 PM

    goodmengoodwill, because the doctor has nothing to do with this. What did he do wrong?

    Is it his fault that Manning waited that long to do the surgery? The doctor does the surgery, he doesn’t speed up the recovery for the patient. Get real.

  14. pigskinswag says: Sep 7, 2011 1:54 PM

    If by “fine”, he means they will get crushed and have no chance for a playoff spot if he doesn’t return soon…then I have to agree…they will be just fine.
    ___________________________________

    Without Manning, are their chances decreased? Sure. No chance? Not so much. Look at their division: Houston will be better on defense (can’t get any worse) but are probably still a year away (I know Texans fans are tired of hearing that), With or without Chris “STFU” Johnson, the Titans are a middle-of-the-pack team. The Jaguars have improved on defense but are rebuilding at QB. So you can’t quite count out the Colts just yet. Its a wide open division IMO.

  15. favreforever says: Sep 7, 2011 1:54 PM

    “Dear Peyton, having a horrible time. Wish you were here.” – the team.

  16. pigskinswag says: Sep 7, 2011 1:54 PM

    Why hasn’t the doctor who performed this surgery been named?
    ___________________________________

    Because his surgery was performed by Dr. Dre & Dr. Pepper.

  17. hystoracle says: Sep 7, 2011 1:55 PM

    “…I will miss them much more than they will miss me.”

    That something people usually say when they are going away for good. Retirement possible?

    I don’t think we need to fall all over ourselves about this (ESPN). He’s just missing a game. It’s not like an entire professional team went down in horrible plane crash. That WOULD be tragic news.. OH wait .. an entire Russian Professional KHL hockey team Lokomotiv has perished in a plane crash including several well known NHL veterans! No Way! That’s awful.. How did the “World wide” leader miss that story.

  18. 2sloweggroll says: Sep 7, 2011 1:56 PM

    Somewhere Jim Sorgi is crying.

  19. anactualnflowner says: Sep 7, 2011 1:56 PM

    What a stinkin’ mess the colts are right now. Sunday will tell us just how bad it really is.

  20. terripet says: Sep 7, 2011 1:57 PM

    i can see the colts going 3-1 if manning only misses 4 games if it’s the season 9-7

  21. thejuddstir says: Sep 7, 2011 1:57 PM

    I follow everything NFL but haven’t seen anything on the Colts backup QB C. Painter and why they’re not giving him a chance to lead the Colts? Does any serious poster or Colts fan have any insight? If the Colts have such little faith in Painter, then why has he remained on the team for 2-3 years now? Painter has to have a much better grasp of the Colts offense than Collins could get in a matter of a couple of weeks?? It doesn’t make much sense, Painter knows the offense better, is much more mobile, knows the individual players strength’s, weaknesses, habits etc…..

  22. schemefactory says: Sep 7, 2011 1:58 PM

    weird injury. aren’t they waiting for nerves to grow back together? with a neck that long, it probably will take all year.

  23. jpb12 says: Sep 7, 2011 1:58 PM

    How much easier could they make this on the Texans?
    Won’t need to prepare for Peyton.

    Why not just send them your first 15 plays while you’re at it?

  24. descendency says: Sep 7, 2011 1:58 PM

    Peyton Manning… Great Leader, Elite QB, and obvious liar.

  25. flfan says: Sep 7, 2011 1:59 PM

    get your facts right. Favre was declared doubtful and then he played. he never played after being declared out.

  26. badphish24 says: Sep 7, 2011 2:01 PM

    Investment speaking…The state of the Franchise if you will. If i was the owner of a billiondollar company. I had my choice of being the miami dolphins/Denver Broncos/San Fran 49′rs for the next 12 years with lower ticket, vending, merchandising sales..or i could have one down year were my stadium will still be full get andrew luck and Prosper for the next 15 years…well is there really a choice ?

  27. pigskinswag says: Sep 7, 2011 2:01 PM

    Davo says:
    Sep 7, 2011 1:45 PM
    “I will miss them much more than they will miss me”

    I highly doubt that, Peyton.
    ___________________________________

    Peyton Manning is the unquestioned leader of the Colts. Would you rather him come out and say “Damn I’m great, so these guys are gonna suck without me”? He said something to encourage his team while he’s going to be inactive.

  28. bearsrulepackdrool says: Sep 7, 2011 2:03 PM

    I highly doubt it.

  29. dolphins4 says: Sep 7, 2011 2:04 PM

    They still have old man Collins throwing the ball.

  30. peytonwantsaflag says: Sep 7, 2011 2:05 PM

    “Unlike Ben Roethlisberger’s four-game suspension to start last year, no one is sure when Manning’s absence will end.”

    uh, nobody was sure about that either – it was a 6 game suspension that Goodell woosed out on.

  31. patpatriotagain says: Sep 7, 2011 2:14 PM

    to all the “draft Luck” comments. do some math. there’s no way you can have a team with a QB making 20 mil and a QB making 10 mil. you can’t invest that much money on one position.

    besides there’s no way they will be worse than the bengals, dolphins, bills, 49ers, and jags.

  32. silkyjohnson937 says: Sep 7, 2011 2:17 PM

    Check out the video al michaels rips al davis

  33. gunnyd says: Sep 7, 2011 2:17 PM

    Brett Favre’s games started streak will live for a long time. It just goes to show how tough Favre was, often playing with injuries that would keep even good quarterbacks on the bench.

    Manning is great….but I doubt the Colts would be a contender this year even “with” Manning at the helm. The Colts’ time has passed.

  34. blue18hutthutt says: Sep 7, 2011 2:22 PM

    maddenisfordorks says:
    Sep 7, 2011 1:44 PM
    Maybe now the NFL will change the rules to allow Jughead to play with a neck brace.

    Somehow Goodell will fine someone for hurting Nancy.

    ———————————–

    I hope someone breaks YOUR scumbag neck

  35. nyjetsholdupsbtrophyin2012 says: Sep 7, 2011 2:22 PM

    Has there ever been anything said more false than this??

  36. spygate2007patssuck says: Sep 7, 2011 2:24 PM

    Lets go buffalo………

  37. golonger says: Sep 7, 2011 2:27 PM

    too all you idiots………

    1) the neck isnt keeping him out……it is his ARM…..he cannot throw a 10 yard out right now……if it was just his NECK, he would play!

    2) This is probably career ending……..just so you know.

    3) when the Colts go 11-5 this season….Manning being over-rated will clearly be displayed

  38. steelernationlolzatyouremptytrophycase6 says: Sep 7, 2011 2:27 PM

    Manning is devastated

  39. bullcharger says: Sep 7, 2011 2:29 PM

    Colts should look at Garrard if there’s a chance Peyton will go on the PUP list.

    The pressure is actually on Houston now for this game. If Houston doesn’t win with Peyton out they might as well blow up the team now.

    Even if Houston wins, Indy doesn’t play the rest of their division games for a while, so Manning could come back and win the division even if the Colts go 1-3 or something like that.

  40. tamvu says: Sep 7, 2011 2:29 PM

    odd…where was this modesty when payday peyton manning signed the dotted line a couple weeks ago for that monster contract extension?

  41. freedomispopular says: Sep 7, 2011 2:31 PM

    In the meantime, they could make him the offensive coordinator.

  42. footballfan says: Sep 7, 2011 2:35 PM

    @ thejuddstir..

    The reason Painter is playing for Indy is he is cheap! With the massive amounts that they have paid a few players that is about all they could afford. They have a thing about having the highest paid player at that position….. I live in Indy and I have been telling people here for a while that if Manning went down they were in trouble because they never were willing to spend any cash on a quality back up. I personally think the only reason Painter was picked up is because he played at Purdue. Hopefully they will see the writing on the wall and draft a replacement and pay him to be the next Rodgers, or find another quality backup out there.

  43. bozosforall says: Sep 7, 2011 2:35 PM

    If Peyton is out for the season, the Colts certainly won’t go 11-5 (or anywhere close to that), thereby closing the debate of who is the better QB, Manning or Brady. This would prove, once and for all, that Brady is a very good SYSTEM QB, while Manning is one of the all-time greats.

  44. footballfan says: Sep 7, 2011 2:37 PM

    golonger says: Sep 7, 2011 2:27 PM

    too all you idiots………

    1) the neck isnt keeping him out……it is his ARM…..he cannot throw a 10 yard out right now……if it was just his NECK, he would play!

    2) This is probably career ending……..just so you know.

    3) when the Colts go 11-5 this season….Manning being over-rated will clearly be displayed

    ********

    You may want to read a little bit more idiot! He is also having neck and back pain.

    I will gladly make a wager on the 11-5 season if Manning doesn’t play!

  45. bozosforall says: Sep 7, 2011 2:38 PM

    golonger says:
    Sep 7, 2011 2:27 PM
    too all you idiots………

    1) the neck isnt keeping him out……it is his ARM…..he cannot throw a 10 yard out right now……if it was just his NECK, he would play!

    2) This is probably career ending……..just so you know.

    3) when the Colts go 11-5 this season….Manning being over-rated will clearly be displayed

    __
    1) You have no clue

    2) You WISH, you New England LOSER.

    3) The Colts won’t be anywhere near 11-5, proving once and for all that Brady is the one clearly over-rated.

    Your jealousy of Manning being better than Brady is palpable. Go cry to your mommy, you little wussy.

  46. toddm6d says: Sep 7, 2011 2:38 PM

    Manning must own a timeshare next to Joe Mauer.

  47. badphish24 says: Sep 7, 2011 2:44 PM

    go longer your a donkey…when your nerve is pinched your arm goes numb…you cant even grip stuff. You sure as hell cant grip a football and drive it across the middle of hte field for a 15 yard slant. I can barley lift my arm to shave my face in the morning. If you dont know…dont type stuff things.

  48. bradwins says: Sep 7, 2011 2:55 PM

    Why are the “thumbs up” “thumbs down” things not working?

  49. avrus says: Sep 7, 2011 2:56 PM

    > Unlike Ben Roethlisberger’s four-game suspension to start last year, no one is sure when Manning’s absence will end.

    It was a six game suspension. Six games. It got reduced after the fact to four games.

    I knew there would be revisionist history once they revised it.

  50. thejuddstir says: Sep 7, 2011 3:06 PM

    @footballfan………….thanks for the insight on C. Painter, I was wondering why we haven’t heard his name even mentioned in any article about Manning and his injury.

  51. drshakedown74 says: Sep 7, 2011 3:12 PM

    Doubt it. (in regards to the title)

  52. psuravens19 says: Sep 7, 2011 3:15 PM

    Now who is Jim Nance and Phil Simms going to drool over… oh yeah Brady is still playing.

  53. mbapastor says: Sep 7, 2011 3:16 PM

    If Manning misses most of the season, the Colts will, from a draft perspective: 1) look to trade back into the later first round (40% chance) 2) take one of the top wide receivers (Blackmon or Alshon Jeffrey) in the first round (35% chance) 3) finish retooling their offensive line with a guy like Matt Kalil (15% chance) 4) take the best corner back or pass rushing defensive end (10% chance) 5) actually draft said top quarterback to develop for three years behind Manning (5% chance)

  54. jdandcoke says: Sep 7, 2011 3:29 PM

    and your new ironman at the QB position…eli manning.

  55. rayricerushingravensruhroh says: Sep 7, 2011 3:38 PM

    Peyton will never be great enough to break Brett’s records. Start popping the champagne Brett.

  56. goindy2006 says: Sep 7, 2011 3:41 PM

    For all that money he should be the offensive coordinator while he is recovering…

  57. thetooloftools says: Sep 7, 2011 3:53 PM

    Payton won’t be missin’ them paychecks though will he ?

  58. usmutts says: Sep 7, 2011 3:55 PM

    My wife loves Peyton Manning, Aaron Rodgers and – she says – me. ( Not sure about the latter, cause I can’t play a lick )

    So she’s upset about Peyton not playing. But she’s also upset that she’s still going to be bombarded with Peyton’s endless commercials and his Elvis voice.

  59. fran021 says: Sep 7, 2011 4:01 PM

    Thumbs up on “Why are the “thumbs up” “thumbs down” things not working?”

  60. expatpatfan says: Sep 7, 2011 4:25 PM

    and your new ironman at the QB position…eli manning.
    ==========================

    Talk about your mixed blessings…

  61. tusken10 says: Sep 7, 2011 4:25 PM

    @ thejuddstir

    As footballfan stated, Painter is on the roster because he is cheap and the Polians have some twisted love affair with the Big Ten. Not to mention that he is supposedly one of Manning’s good friends.

    As to why he isn’t starting, you just need to watch him play. You would think that being in the system for years would help, but the guy can’t even hit a simple swing pattern to the RB in the flat.

    His career stats tell you all you need to know…8 for 28 and 2 picks. Painter doesn’t belong in the NFL.

    A lot of Indy fans have been screaming about upgrading the back up QB for years. They have stupidly ignored it and now it’s biting them in the ass.

  62. Davo says: Sep 7, 2011 4:40 PM

    @pigskinswag: That’s exactly what I expected Manning to say. Still, the fact remains, that the Colts on the field will miss Manning like a kid misses Mom on the first day of school. The receivers will miss the perfectly tight spirals, and the D will miss long sustained drives, giving them plenty of time to rest between series.

  63. MCxShow says: Sep 7, 2011 4:44 PM

    Come Sunday, his teammates are gonna miss him a lot more on the field than he will miss them.

  64. j0esixpack says: Sep 7, 2011 4:51 PM

    So maybe this isn’t a cheap marketing ploy for Peyton’s national network of neck surgery clinics after all!

  65. golonger says: Sep 7, 2011 5:28 PM

    …and the opposing D will miss the poorly thrown balls intercepted for a TD (aka the Saints)

  66. golonger says: Sep 7, 2011 5:30 PM

    footballfan – moron…YOU might want to read further……if it was just NECK PAIN….he would be playing……..the fact that he cannot throw a football is why he ISNT playing TOOL!

  67. golonger says: Sep 7, 2011 5:33 PM

    bozosforall – you are a total tool!

    1) wasn’t defending Brady

    2) But if I was, why would I be jealous of 8-9 vs. 12-4…LOL

  68. jasonculhane says: Sep 7, 2011 7:35 PM

    Just wondering…How does it feel getting pissed waiting for the lockout to end, then to find out your season is over before week1 of the regular season?

  69. 1historian says: Sep 7, 2011 8:23 PM

    “I will miss them more than they will miss me.” Obviously not true and everyone knows it but it is a classy thing to say.

    Period

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