Colts vice chairman Bill Polian explained to the team’s website why that’s not in the plans, at least for now.
“We saved the spot for Bob Sanders last year all the way up to week 12, maybe even beyond that because the prognosis, which is just that – it’s a guesstimate the doctors give you, it’s not cast in concrete – was that Bob had a chance to make it back by the end of the season.
“That did not occur. What I’ve said to Peyton and what we’ve said publicly is that we will leave him on the active roster as long as the doctors tell us there’s a chance for him to come back,” Polian said.
Essentially, the Colts are going to hold out every hope that Manning returns this year. It would surely help if the Colts stayed in contention. Polian stressed that the team would be careful to put Manning at risk.
“It bears very, very strong emphasis that he will not be allowed back on the field until the doctors are satisfied that he’s 100 percent and ready to go, regardless of what occurs with the season or doesn’t occur with the season,” Polian said. “His long-term health is what the most important thing is here.”
At some point, it may not be worth keeping Manning on the active roster. From Polian’s perspective, that day is a long way away.