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Polian explains why Manning isn’t headed for injured reserve

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Florio mentioned in his Weeok One 10-pack that the Colts should just put Peyton Manning on injured reserve, sooner than later.

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.

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74 Responses to “Polian explains why Manning isn’t headed for injured reserve”
  1. mustbejealousof6 says: Sep 14, 2011 11:24 AM

    Polian is so overrated! I’m sick of people crowning him a “genius” when the only notable player drafted was Manning. What is the team without the pick? Now you see. Great going Polian…

  2. cromags says: Sep 14, 2011 11:27 AM

    because if Manning goes on IR, Indy is going to react like that scene in Airplane! when they said there’s no coffee left.

  3. phillyisinvading says: Sep 14, 2011 11:27 AM

    It’s not like putting him on IR and then picking up another player is going to solve all the colts problems.

  4. fijabbersman345 says: Sep 14, 2011 11:28 AM

    Woooooo-oah! Liiiivin’ on a prayer!

  5. phillycheez says: Sep 14, 2011 11:30 AM

    Unless he can make it back in the first half, there’s no point. By week 9 they’ll be eliminated from the playoffs the way they are playing now. Get him healthy, get a top 5 draft pick, and have a potentially stacked team next year. That’s what I’d do.

  6. KIR says: Sep 14, 2011 11:30 AM

    Maybe they need to see if he’s going to be serviceable before the Colts have to pickup his option next year?

  7. akulabug says: Sep 14, 2011 11:30 AM

    Bottom line. Payton told him…..don’t you dare put me on IR. Payton runs the show.

  8. tundey says: Sep 14, 2011 11:32 AM

    Oh just do it already and confirm that you are in the hunt for Andrew Luck.

  9. nahcouldntbethat says: Sep 14, 2011 11:34 AM

    This is a sop for the fans who are headed for a long season.

    The last thing the Colts should want at this point is for Manning to rush his recovery to get back on the field this season. The best chance they have to see him play at a high level again is to give him a full year to recover from the three surgeries and then see what they have.

    They can draft Andrew Luck with every expectation he’ll sit behind Manning for a couple of seasons if they play their cards right.

  10. egls7 says: Sep 14, 2011 11:35 AM

    He should explain why they weren’t better prepared for life without manning

  11. Topher says: Sep 14, 2011 11:35 AM

    “…that day is a long way away.”. At least until we sell out a few more games.

  12. tramonisland says: Sep 14, 2011 11:37 AM

    well he went to injured reserve on my fantasy team yesterday. replaced with cam newton.

  13. badtimeoutcaldwell says: Sep 14, 2011 11:37 AM

    Great, now that we have that all cleared up, maybe now he can explain why he surrounded Peyton with a joke of football team and hired arguably the worst head coach in football to “lead” them?

  14. descendency says: Sep 14, 2011 11:38 AM

    Have fun being 6-10 and picking too late to get an elite playmaker to fix your broken team.

    Peyton playing this year will screw things up. If they’re 0-4 in 4 games, IR him immediately.

  15. feldman9000 says: Sep 14, 2011 11:39 AM

    In Jim Irsay’s and Bill Polian’s mind, it’s not that they’re holding out for Peyton, they know he’s done. They’re just hoping the fans don’t realize this b/c if Peyton is on IR, there go the ticket sales.

  16. haroldballsagna says: Sep 14, 2011 11:41 AM

    If they put Manning on IR, then how would they intentionally tank it for Andrew Luck without criticism? At least by offering the hope that Manning will return at some point this season they can avoid the perception they are throwing in the towel. Furthermore, why keep Curtis Painter on the roster if they didn’t believe he would be the guy to replace Manning in the event of an injury? Because they had to fill the positional roster spot? Ridiculous.

  17. medtxpack says: Sep 14, 2011 11:41 AM

    oh how the mighty have fallen…

  18. davidvt77 says: Sep 14, 2011 11:45 AM

    There is an easy explanation for this. They are hoping he can play 3-4 games at the end of the season, even if they are not in contention, to see if he has recovered. They need to see him play before they pick up his 28 million dollar option.

  19. kmdp4 says: Sep 14, 2011 11:48 AM

    They will not win a game with Collins at QB, they have no running game and there defense stinks. Without Peyton they are terrible.

  20. davikes says: Sep 14, 2011 11:49 AM

    Calling Farve, calling Farve. (Just had to say it:)

  21. skoobyfl says: Sep 14, 2011 11:49 AM

    Polian did this interview while scouting Luck, LOL.

  22. drshakedown74 says: Sep 14, 2011 11:49 AM

    Smart.

  23. drshakedown74 says: Sep 14, 2011 11:50 AM

    Kerry could easily keep that team in playoff contention.

  24. jimmymcnultysbottleofjameson says: Sep 14, 2011 11:54 AM

    All biases aside, Peyton should retire. A neck injury is not to be messed with and this guy is a first ballot HOFer and got his ring. I’m sure he has the desire to be a bigger legend than Brady, but at this point it just won’t happen. He needs to save his health and enjoy the rest of his cause lord knows he’s filthy filthy filthy rich

  25. angrycorgi says: Sep 14, 2011 11:55 AM

    “We are not going to put Peyton on IR, because if we did that, we’d be admitting that this team is hosed for the season, and people might stop throwing their hard-earned money.”

  26. bigal1952 says: Sep 14, 2011 11:55 AM

    “Polian stressed that the team would be careful to put Manning at risk.”

    Well that’s good to know. But how does Peyton feel about it?

  27. alewatcher says: Sep 14, 2011 11:58 AM

    Polian stressed that the team would be careful to put Manning at risk.

    ————-

    Umm, I think you meant the Colts would be careful to NOT put Manning at risk.

  28. anactualnflowner says: Sep 14, 2011 12:03 PM

    The way that Manning and the Colts organization has handled this is completely unacceptable. They should have figured out what the hell was going on before most people participated in their fantasy football drafts. Shame on all of you!

  29. usmutts says: Sep 14, 2011 12:08 PM

    Is Tom Matte still available?

  30. eaglesfan290 says: Sep 14, 2011 12:09 PM

    If Peyton goes on the IR list all he can do is rehab he can not be part of meetings or at practice. Even if he can’t play Peyton is probably a better coach than anyone they have and for this reason he can play a big part in at least getting the players they have ready for games. If he goes on IR he can not do that and that is why peyton will not go on IR.

    Peyton used to run almost all of the Colts practices…………..so it stands to reason he will still play a role in getting guys at least mentally ready for a game.

  31. cclaser says: Sep 14, 2011 12:11 PM

    FYI, the Colts are sold out with a 20K waiting list this season. I think the true fear is whether or not Peyton come com back next season. Please stay away Big P until Napolian actually fixes this joke of an O-line. If you thought you had to throw it quickly last year, you will be in for a rude awakening this year…

  32. adx321 says: Sep 14, 2011 12:12 PM

    See a few comments this is to help ticket sales.

    Tickets are sold out to season ticket holders long before the season ever starts.

    Every seat in the building has been sold to someone already.

  33. bigd9484 says: Sep 14, 2011 12:13 PM

    As always, it’s all about money. People will continue to buy tickets if they believe the Colts may be competitive. If Polian raises the white flag by putting Peyton on IR, it will signal a lost season and further drop in attendance for the last few games of the season. BTW I agree with the assessment that Polian has drafted few good players. He has had some good picks at skill positions, but Indy has never seemed to have a standout CB,LB, DT, or OL outside of Saturday. You have to win in the trenches, too. That’s how the Patriots stayed competitive with Cassel when Brady went down.

  34. ccad05 says: Sep 14, 2011 12:14 PM

    And there goes the bandwagon. My guess is that it’s headed back to new England or possibly a detour to Philly

  35. skinsfan28 says: Sep 14, 2011 12:19 PM

    Why did they let him set foot on the practice field if he wasn’t 100%. He should have been pup’d from the start and able to be active after week 6. Poor planning!

  36. eaglesnoles05 says: Sep 14, 2011 12:31 PM

    “Polian stressed that the team would be careful to put Manning at risk.”

    Though this is a typo in the omission of the word “not,” it is an accurate statement of what they are doing. If they were really being careful NOT to put manning at risk, they wouldn’t even be thinking of putting him back out there this year with a neck/spine injury. Sit him down and hope he can EVER play again, starting next year.

  37. depotnator says: Sep 14, 2011 12:31 PM

    Somehow this ties into the SB being played in Indy this season. Perhaps the league doesn’t want Indy to become the football ghosttown it might become by November with no possibility of Manning.

  38. buckifan4life says: Sep 14, 2011 12:33 PM

    This is so rediculious! HE HAD A FUSION SURGERY! He is NOT coming back this season because it takes longer than a couple months to fully heal from that VERY INVASIVE surgery. Trust me, I’ve had two back surgeries. I know what I am talking about…

    This is all about keeping those fans full of hope. Forget it.

  39. voiceofrealism says: Sep 14, 2011 12:39 PM

    davikes says:
    Sep 14, 2011 11:49 AM
    Calling Farve, calling Farve. (Just had to say it:)
    ——————————
    I guess you just had to spell his name wrong too.

  40. buckifan4life says: Sep 14, 2011 12:39 PM

    High dollar beer and food sales can only be made to people who actually ATTEND the games. If Manning is ruled out for the season, you can imagine the impact on the attendance as the season progresses. It’s always about the money.

  41. 71jope says: Sep 14, 2011 12:46 PM

    Almost all information from the Colts comes from Bill Polian. Anyone else wondering what Chris Polian does? Aside from collecting checks for being Bill Polian’s son that is.

  42. favreforever says: Sep 14, 2011 12:57 PM

    Drowning your sorrows with “Tom” Collins, is always a short term solution.

  43. phillycheez says: Sep 14, 2011 12:59 PM

    cclaser says:
    Sep 14, 2011 12:11 PM
    FYI, the Colts are sold out with a 20K waiting list this season. I think the true fear is whether or not Peyton come com back next season. Please stay away Big P until Napolian actually fixes this joke of an O-line. If you thought you had to throw it quickly last year, you will be in for a rude awakening this year…

    And now, finally, with this revelation so graciously offered by cclasser, Peyton can make an informed decision.

    You a funny, funny man!!

  44. 25robrown says: Sep 14, 2011 1:03 PM

    Polian knew that Manning had neck issues long before the first surgery in spring. He took no action whatsoever by draft or in free agency or trade to cover for the possibility that Manning might be out. Only an incompetant GM acts this way. Moreover, it appears that the Colts team sans Manning is a lousy team. Only an incompetant GM would create such a team.

  45. tdk24 says: Sep 14, 2011 1:07 PM

    He’s cut from my fantasy team, Cam is the new backup. Out with the old, in with the new.

  46. mydailyff.com says: Sep 14, 2011 1:19 PM

    This stinks… I don’t see any choice for fantasy owners but to keep him for a month or so to see if he is making progress. Meanwhile he is locking up a roster spot and will probably not see the field this season…

  47. popolover says: Sep 14, 2011 1:30 PM

    eaglesnoles05 says:

    “Polian stressed that the team would be careful to put Manning at risk.”

    I am delighted to see how so many of you are catching Polian’s word play. He is not so much a genius anymore.

  48. granadafan says: Sep 14, 2011 1:34 PM

    They need to address their terrible development of the backup QBs. I read that Peyton rarely comes out of games even in blowouts because he’s so competetive. Well, the coaches need to do what’s best for the TEAM not Peyton. Plus he shouldn’t think he’s untouchable. Other QBs with better credentials have been traded before: Montana, Favre, etc.

  49. popolover says: Sep 14, 2011 1:36 PM

    71jope says:

    Almost all information from the Colts comes from Bill Polian. Anyone else wondering what Chris Polian does? Aside from collecting checks for being Bill Polian’s son that is.

    Glad I am not the only one saying it. If I were Irsay and he wants to keep Polian, just fire Bill and keep Chrisissy and you get 2 Polians for one. But he best thing would for Jimmy to CUT his Polian’s loose.

  50. popolover says: Sep 14, 2011 1:39 PM

    25robrown:

    FYI: The new GM is Chrisissy, not daddy.

  51. abp3377 says: Sep 14, 2011 1:39 PM

    “Peyton used to run almost all of the Colts practices…………..so it stands to reason he will still play a role in getting guys at least mentally ready for a game.”
    ____________________________________

    mentally ready to lose games.

  52. blushu says: Sep 14, 2011 1:44 PM

    cclaser says:

    FYI, the Colts are sold out with a 20K waiting list this season. I think the true fear is whether or not Peyton come com back next season.

    As I have stated before: Indy is the most fair weather fan town I have ever lived in. That waiting list will just go away. No wins, no fans. Just the way it is here.

  53. acharlot5 says: Sep 14, 2011 1:45 PM

    or in other words.. we dont want it to seem like we are tanking..yet!

  54. spacincasen says: Sep 14, 2011 1:48 PM

    “Polian is so overrated! I’m sick of people crowning him a “genius” when the only notable player drafted was Manning.”

    ————————————————–

    Ever heard of a someone named Dwight Freeney? Or Reggie Wayne? Bob Sanders? Robert Mathis? Edgerrin James?

  55. ozierdisaster3335 says: Sep 14, 2011 1:54 PM

    Atleast let Manning coach. Better than what they havenow

  56. howiegtr says: Sep 14, 2011 1:55 PM

    OK. Let’s get Payton back in week 12, when we are 0-11, and then watch him get absolutely pummeled for the last 4 games because after the beatdown the Texans gave them I’d have bigger things to worry about. Jesus could have been at quarterback and it probably wouldn’t have helped.

  57. meeky1985 says: Sep 14, 2011 2:00 PM

    and people wanna give credit to teams like indy and NE for being drafting “gurus” when they just got lucky with one QB… man do indy roster stink without #18… their defense is bad candy..

  58. howiegtr says: Sep 14, 2011 2:10 PM

    and people wanna give credit to teams like indy and NE for being drafting “gurus” when they just got lucky with one QB… man do indy roster stink without #18… their defense is bad candy..

    ————————————————-
    NE won 11 games when Brady went down, and from a guy they drafted who hadn’t started a game since high school (Cassel). Let’s see how many Indy wins.

  59. playcrackthesky11 says: Sep 14, 2011 2:22 PM

    I think they should do away with the I.R. and adopt the same style of Disabled List that baseball uses. Why shouldn’t NFL teams be able to place players on a four week D.L. until they are healthy enough to play. I’ve seen countless times where teams were forced to place players on the I.R. early in the season to clear a roster spot, only to have the player recover 100%, but unable to play for the team during their playoff run. It hurts both the teams and the fans as some of the the best players are ultimately unable to play once healthy because of a stupid rule.

  60. m2karateman says: Sep 14, 2011 2:40 PM

    meeky1985 says:
    Sep 14, 2011 2:00 PM
    and people wanna give credit to teams like indy and NE for being drafting “gurus” when they just got lucky with one QB… man do indy roster stink without #18… their defense is bad candy..

    ———————————————————-
    That’s a pretty dumb post, considering NE went 11-5 WITHOUT Brady, using an unproven QB to garner that record, using players they mostly obtained through the draft in support of that unproven QB, then traded that QB to KC for some good picks.

    With Indy you can make the case. With New England……not so much.

  61. golonger says: Sep 14, 2011 3:17 PM

    the Colts deceit continues……….let’s wring some additional ticket sales out of everyone…

  62. golonger says: Sep 14, 2011 3:19 PM

    blushu – right, they don’t have that many people in Indy that can count to 10……… much less have or want season tickets!!!!!

  63. golonger says: Sep 14, 2011 3:21 PM

    adx321 – wrong idiot……selling out all season tickets doesn’t mean a sellout……….

  64. tampajoey says: Sep 14, 2011 3:29 PM

    Maybe Indy should trade for Tebow LMAO

  65. pioniere says: Sep 14, 2011 3:34 PM

    Stupid Polian… if he had just taken Ryan Leaf with that draft pick in the first place, none of this would have happened!!!

  66. laeaglefan says: Sep 14, 2011 4:38 PM

    I’ve never understood the rule which says if you put a player on IR then he’s automatically out for the season. Why can’t you move players back and forth from your active roster whenever they’re ready to play, just like major league baseball does with its disabled list?

  67. honkerdawg says: Sep 14, 2011 4:42 PM

    If Polian is so smart why has there been no plan for after Peyton? Did he think he’d NEVER get hurt

  68. vesselsk says: Sep 14, 2011 4:47 PM

    Seriously, the Colts should be on 0-16 watch as long as Peyton doesn’t play. They can’t pass without Peyton, they can’t run the ball regardless, special teams is nothing to write home about and their defense sucks without Gary Brackett.

  69. golonger says: Sep 14, 2011 5:39 PM

    vesselsk – you are a tool!

  70. golonger says: Sep 14, 2011 5:41 PM

    laeaglefan – you don’t need to understand it…that’s the way it is!

  71. 1historian says: Sep 14, 2011 8:17 PM

    Manning is the face of the franchise – can any non colt fans out there name 5 other players?

    I think that he is out for the year but the colts are holding back on putting him on IR for financial reasons – if he’s out for the year revenues head for el toiletto. Simple as that.

  72. popolover says: Sep 15, 2011 12:30 PM

    spacincasen says: Ever heard of a someone named Dwight Freeney? Or Reggie Wayne? Bob Sanders? Robert Mathis? Edgerrin James?

    ———-
    All the picks you mentioened is prior to 2006. The problem with Polian’s draft’s is that they have not been good since 2007. He started changing his scouting staff and it shows in his last 5 drafts.

  73. mrfrostyj says: Sep 15, 2011 4:13 PM

    Did someone say the Colts were sold out with a 20K waiting list. I’m thinking you mean season tickets which was done way before the season. I just bought tickets for this Sundays home opener like 5 minutes before I made this post and that was through ticketmaster and not even a 3rd party ticket broker. According to local news the ticket brokers are lowering prices just to dump Colts tickets off now. No Peyton, No fans in Indy.

  74. pm18firstballot says: Sep 16, 2011 5:12 PM

    @ golonger

    What is your problem with the city of Indianapolis and the Colts? I take it that you are from Baltimore based off of your remarks. Are you bitter that our current owner’s father moved his football team from a community that was showing steady decrease in population at the time? Why shouldn’t he move the franchise to Indy? It’s been pretty successful here if you hadn’t noticed. When was the last time Baltimore hosted a super bowl? or a Final Four? Oh yeah, never. I bet you’ve never even been to this city and yet you bad mouth it like it’s full of toothless hicks. Not to mention, didn’t you guys hijack the Browns from Cleveland?? Don’t throw stones unless you are ready to get them back. Or is it because of this –>
    01/16/2010 Indianapolis Colts 20, Baltimore Ravens 3 (AFC Divisional Playoff Game)
    11/22/2009 Indianapolis Colts 17, Baltimore Ravens 15
    10/12/2008 Indianapolis Colts 31, Baltimore Ravens 3
    12/09/2007 Indianapolis Colts 44, Baltimore Ravens 20
    01/13/2007 Indianapolis Colts 15, Baltimore Ravens 6 (AFC Divisional Playoff Game)
    09/11/2005 Indianapolis Colts 24, Baltimore Ravens 7
    12/19/2004 Indianapolis Colts 20, Baltimore Ravens 10
    10/13/2002 Indianapolis Colts 22, Baltimore Ravens 20

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