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Irsay: Peyton Manning expected to miss the season

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The Colts are 0-3, but their season is essentially over.  Peyton Manning will not be coming back to save the team.

Owner Jim Irsay announced at a breakfast meeting with Super Bowl donors Monday that Manning is expected to miss the entire season, according to WISH-TV in Indianapolis.

Irsay may be speaking out of turn, but you can do that when you own the team.  Even if the Colts don’t make a move to injured reserve official just yet, this is a sign the Colts have no expectations Manning will return.

We suspect the Colts will have to follow this up with an official statement.  It makes no sense for Irsay to say this publicly otherwise.

The article reports that Manning wouldn’t be able to practice until December. If the Colts place Manning on injured reserve, he couldn’t officially practice at all because of league rules.  UPDATE:  It was Irsay that said Manning could practice in December.  That would seemingly indicate the team won’t make any move official.  (Or it indicates Irsay doesn’t know the I.R. rules.)

Assuming Manning is down for the count in 2011, the question becomes who else besides Manning will be on the Colts quarterback depth chart in 2012.

Indianapolis will surely have a high draft pick in a good year for college quarterbacks.  They may just be high enough to draft Andrew Luck first overall.

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51 Responses to “Irsay: Peyton Manning expected to miss the season”
  1. stairwayto7 says: Sep 26, 2011 9:56 AM

    New contract and he misses the season????

  2. eastsideballa says: Sep 26, 2011 9:57 AM

    So?

  3. rambo08 says: Sep 26, 2011 9:57 AM

    And the “Suck for Luck” sweepstakes have begun!

  4. heysharpshooter says: Sep 26, 2011 9:58 AM

    Well lock it up. 0-16 here we go! Wonder how many draft picks the Colts will get for the Andrew Luck pick…

  5. h3min1230 says: Sep 26, 2011 9:58 AM

    The Curtis Painter show is off and running…

  6. joetoronto says: Sep 26, 2011 9:58 AM

    This really comes as no surprise, gotta wonder about that big new contract though.

  7. 1bigtex says: Sep 26, 2011 10:01 AM

    Neck injuries are far from trivial. Not an unexpected development.

  8. egls7 says: Sep 26, 2011 10:01 AM

    Blown faces

  9. jdandcoke says: Sep 26, 2011 10:05 AM

    heysharpshooter says:Sep 26, 2011 9:58 AM

    Well lock it up. 0-16 here we go! Wonder how many draft picks the Colts will get for the Andrew Luck pick…

    i dont care how good payton is…..the colts would be INSANE to trade that pick if they do in fact get it. even if payton never sustained this neck injury, he’d probably be in the last 3-4 years of his career. draft luck, let him learn from the master for two years, then thank payton for the memories after the 2013 season. luck may just be the best QB to come out of college SINCE payton…cant pass him up.

  10. barneysbullet says: Sep 26, 2011 10:05 AM

    Might as well let Painter finish out the year. 1. The seasons done anyway. 2. The team seems to get behind him better than Collins and 3. who knows, maybe he’ll pull a Matt Cassel?!

  11. icanspeel says: Sep 26, 2011 10:10 AM

    Assuming the Colts finish very badly.. even with Peyton missing the whole year it will prove how much he is the Colts and the contract is still worth it for the Colts.

  12. aguinn1pe says: Sep 26, 2011 10:10 AM

    The people saying we will go 0-16 must not be smart or have not looked at the schedule. We still have KC and Carolina. The Colts will not go winless

  13. southpaw2k says: Sep 26, 2011 10:12 AM

    That sound you just heard was Jim Caldwell falling backwards in his chair.

  14. wingz101 says: Sep 26, 2011 10:12 AM

    It’s early but I can’t see the Colts finishing behind the Chiefs. Still without Manning they look like a 2-4 win team at most, but you never can tell with Freeney and Mathis out there.

    KC on the other hand looks real bad and they have lost three of their best players including 2 that made Cassels look much better than he actually may be. That awful pick to end the game yesterday may be the final straw that sends KC into a huge dive.

  15. lacharger2112 says: Sep 26, 2011 10:13 AM

    Didn’t see that one coming. Duh.

  16. YouMadCauseImStylingOnYou says: Sep 26, 2011 10:14 AM

    The curse of the Super Bowl host team has struck again. First Romo and now Manning.

  17. kevpft says: Sep 26, 2011 10:15 AM

    jdandcoke says: Sep 26, 2011 10:05 AM

    draft luck, let him learn from the master for two years, then thank payton for the memories after the 2013 season.

    How about this: draft Luck, let him learn from the master for two years, then immediately make Manning head coach?

  18. minnesconsin says: Sep 26, 2011 10:15 AM

    jdandcoke says:

    i dont care how good payton is…..the colts would be INSANE to trade that pick if they do in fact get it. even if payton never sustained this neck injury, he’d probably be in the last 3-4 years of his career. draft luck, let him learn from the master for two years, then thank payton for the memories after the 2013 season. luck may just be the best QB to come out of college SINCE payton…cant pass him up.
    ———————-

    The problem is that the Colts have a boatload of guaranteed money tied up in Manning, the ink is still wet on that contract. How are they going to pay Manning AND Luck and build a team?

  19. MichaelEdits says: Sep 26, 2011 10:15 AM

    Sad news

  20. instantlunch24 says: Sep 26, 2011 10:15 AM

    I figured this was a given…

  21. sj39 says: Sep 26, 2011 10:16 AM

    Never been a Colts fan (wife is though) but I am afraid with that type of injury and the nature of the game he may never be back and we may have seen the last of a true great QB. If so the Colts will be in rebuild mode for some time.

  22. hystoracle says: Sep 26, 2011 10:17 AM

    If Peyton doesn’t practice until December, then you might as well IR him. The team will be so far out of any playoff race it wouldn’t do much goo to play him. Only positive would he would be able to see how the neck feels for next season. Personally, I don;t think Peyton plays too many more seasons after having Neck Surgery. Drafting Luck to prep behind Manning for a year could be a wise move for Indy.

  23. heysharpshooter says: Sep 26, 2011 10:21 AM

    jdandcoke says: Sep 26, 2011 10:05 AM

    heysharpshooter says:Sep 26, 2011 9:58 AM

    Well lock it up. 0-16 here we go! Wonder how many draft picks the Colts will get for the Andrew Luck pick…

    i dont care how good payton is…..the colts would be INSANE to trade that pick if they do in fact get it. even if payton never sustained this neck injury, he’d probably be in the last 3-4 years of his career. draft luck, let him learn from the master for two years, then thank payton for the memories after the 2013 season. luck may just be the best QB to come out of college SINCE payton…cant pass him up.

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    I don’t know. They might be able to get more picks for Luck than the Saints gave up for Ricky Williams. I think Irsay want’s to get Manning another ring. They could trade that pick, nab Matt Kalil or Johnathan Martin to play LT and land a metric ton worth of picks.

  24. blackqbwhiterb says: Sep 26, 2011 10:21 AM

    I said it before, and I still believe it- he’s played his last game in the NFL already. An all-time great for sure. They’ll announce his retirement after the end of this season. Write it down. Take it to the bank.

  25. nesuperfan says: Sep 26, 2011 10:22 AM

    barneysbullet says:Sep 26, 2011 10:05 AM

    Might as well let Painter finish out the year. 1. The seasons done anyway. 2. The team seems to get behind him better than Collins and 3. who knows, maybe he’ll pull a Matt Cassel?!
    __________________________________

    With the “Suck for Luck” sweepstakes, I am not sure they want him to “pull a Matt Cassel”…In fact, I would be asking Center Jeff Saturday if he would be interested in trying out at QB. They don’t want good.

  26. countsnail says: Sep 26, 2011 10:24 AM

    The Colts still seem competent enough to get a few wins this year. I’m thinking they go 5-11 or 6-10. That’s not #1 overall pick material, but definitely in top 7. The Chiefs or the Rams are going to win the Andrew Luck sweepstakes by the looks of things.

  27. VikesPrincess (Lisa) says: Sep 26, 2011 10:25 AM

    Manning won’t be back. Doctors tell people with ACDFs that they shouldn’t even ride a roller coaster. There’s no way someone can be a QB in the NFL with one. He’d be risking quadriplegia.

    And yes – I should know – I’ve had an ACDF myself and my surgeon was brilliant – but my neck will never be the same.

  28. medtxpack says: Sep 26, 2011 10:26 AM

    shouldnt have paid him!

  29. jerruhjones21 says: Sep 26, 2011 10:26 AM

    In other news, the sun is hot and water is wet…

    He will never play again….

  30. jdandcoke says: Sep 26, 2011 10:27 AM

    im certainly no cap guru, but im sure the colts have someone working for them who is….theyd figure out how to pay luck. and if they do get the overall #1, that obviously means they have the top picks in every round….they could probably trade down in both the second and third rounds and garner at least two extra picks in next years draft and really go a long way towards rebuilding.

    bottom line….there are only about 5-6 teams in the league that would probably trade the overall #1 if they got it, and the colts arent one of them.

  31. m2karateman says: Sep 26, 2011 10:28 AM

    minnesconsin says:

    The problem is that the Colts have a boatload of guaranteed money tied up in Manning, the ink is still wet on that contract. How are they going to pay Manning AND Luck and build a team?
    ———————————————————

    Whether they draft Luck or someone else first, the money they’d pay is the money they’d pay. In order for the Colts to prepare for the “post-Peyton” years, they had better find a viable successor. And just remember with the new CBA and rookie wage scale the Colts won’t be paying Luck a ton of cash up front.

    The choice of keeping Manning on the active roster and not putting him on the IR is very curious. I wonder if there is a clause in this new deal that states if he goes on the IR he gets paid less? I don’t think that is the case, but why keep him active if there’s no real chance of him playing this season?

  32. mikejd12 says: Sep 26, 2011 10:28 AM

    If the colts didnt go 0-3 im sure he would not have come out and said this but it is what it is now

  33. edsbay says: Sep 26, 2011 10:29 AM

    Paging Mr. Favre….Paging Mr. Favre!

  34. pigskinswag says: Sep 26, 2011 10:33 AM

    I wouldn’t be so quick to write the Colts completely off. I’m not saying that they’re going to be world beaters, but they showed they can at least be competitive without Manning. The defense showed some improvement and the running game looked great against a Steelers team that is stout against the run. Six wins isn’t completely out of the question.

  35. lutazanderman says: Sep 26, 2011 10:34 AM

    Please, no. If the Colts end up with Luck, it will the equivalent of the Spurs drafting Tim Duncan at the end of David Robinson’s career, and going on to dominate for another 8-10 years.

  36. myeaglescantwin says: Sep 26, 2011 10:35 AM

    I love how every year, Payton says that he wants more players to come in and help this squad win titles, he even says he will take pay cuts…BUT then every time a signing day comes around, he gets the most ludacris contracts and a boat load of money.. This in turn keeps them from being able to go out and get any quality players to add to this squad..

    Best that Payton took another monster deal that ties up almost $20 mil a year & is fully gauranteed.. Now he wont be here this year & i doubt even next year, but the team is on the hook for that fully gauranteed contract for the next 5 years.

  37. 3octaveFart says: Sep 26, 2011 10:51 AM

    Too bad for the Colts, it’s tough when you lose your starting QB, Offensive Coordinator and Head Coach all in one shot.

  38. cclaser says: Sep 26, 2011 10:54 AM

    I find the comments comlaining about the amount of Peyton’s last contact laughable. The contract is not signifacantly different than any other elite quarterback from a cap perspective. Peyton may be getting a ton, but the rise in franchise value and prestige has been astronomical for Irsay…

  39. deadeye says: Sep 26, 2011 10:56 AM

    No duh he’s out for the year. Next off season we will learn that his career is over.

  40. warnercc says: Sep 26, 2011 10:58 AM

    This should not be surprising news. I have had this surgery three times and it is not to be taken lightly. I will be surprised if and when he ever plays again.

  41. tommytd says: Sep 26, 2011 11:09 AM

    Hey Irsay…hay Polian…better sit him on the sidelines with the rest of your starters and wait for the playoffs! What goes around comes around and I have a hard time feeling sorry for your predicament! LOL

  42. 1historian says: Sep 26, 2011 11:13 AM

    If Manning knew how bad his neck was when he signed that contract then what he did was clearly unethical. Not illegal, perhaps, but clearly unethical.

    For the colts to have given a contract like that to a QB obviously on the downside of his career without due diligence – a thorough physical – is clearly incompetence.

    I hope Manning retires because I would HATE for him to be sitting in a wheelchair while he gives his HOF acceptance speech.

  43. 1historian says: Sep 26, 2011 11:14 AM

    open letter to jim irsay – what goes around comes around.

    gotcha

  44. suhnum1fan says: Sep 26, 2011 11:42 AM

    Andrew Luck sweepstakes? Go figure

  45. 5f6a says: Sep 26, 2011 11:54 AM

    I suspect his career is over.

  46. lanflfan says: Sep 26, 2011 11:58 AM

    No big surprise here, that was a very serious surgery that requires major life alterations for most people. I admire his determination, but the risk of playing NFL football after such a procedure is too great.

    If I were the Colts, I would be far more worried about the next QB than Manning’s possible return (which is extremely doubtful).

  47. grantlee11 says: Sep 26, 2011 12:50 PM

    More breaking news: David Garrard also out for season.

  48. denverdude7 says: Sep 26, 2011 1:18 PM

    Owner Jim Irsay announced at a breakfast meeting with Super Bowl donors Monday that Manning is expected to miss the entire season, according to WISH-TV in Indianapolis.
    $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$

    I understand the part of the above quote by Mr. Irsay saying Manning is out for the season.

    The part I don’t understand is why is anything being donated to the Superbowl ? Isn’t the Superbowl the NFL’s biggest money machine of the year?

    If this quote is actually true and people are donating to the Super Bowl, then this confirms my belief that the rich and powerful people in this country have completely lost touch with reality.

    Seriously, how about donating to a veterans fund, school, soup kitchen or a hospital?

    Donate to the NFL’s Superbowl… YOU HAVE GOT TO BE KIDDING ME !!!

  49. thridandlong says: Sep 26, 2011 1:38 PM

    2 orthopedic surgeons spoke on a sports radio show about Manning’s injury. Neither of the 2 could nor would in good conscious, and in the best interest of Peyton’s health, return him to the game of football ever again.

  50. cacoltsfan18 says: Sep 26, 2011 2:09 PM

    Okay, settle down! Peyton will be back when he can preform effectively, & I believe Peyton will assess his ability to do just that everyday, every time he looks in the mirror, every time he walks into the COLTS facility, locker room… You know this must haunt him. In the past 20 years this must be the most scary feeling…”What’s next”? & he truly does not know. All those years he knew he would finish High School at the top of the High School Quarterbacks, he graduated from Tennessee knowing the NFL would be his next move. His success has be amazing to watch, giving entertainment for over 13 years to millions, his philanthropy for the communities he has been a part of is an example we could all learn from! Don’t challenge Peyton’s integrity, that he was deceitful in setting up his contract. We will never know, until the book comes out, if the COLTS made an agreement with Peyton regarding his injuries and his ability to preform. The COLTS have a successful organization. They also know what they are doing! One thing I am sure of is Peyton’s playing days are through Peyton will continue to make a positive impact where ever he goes and what ever he does! Sure, I would miss not watching an amazing athlete be such a master/ sheriff of the game. But, I believe there is more to this man than football! The best to you Peyton! You have given so much to so many! Take care of You, so you can enjoy the next 65 + years of your life!!! Also, Brady was out a year…no one made these implications about him. Brady also came back strong enough be voted # 1 of the 2011 players in the NFL…although, #2 would have been my pick. If you are a fan of the game, be that…if you are a fan of the business of the NFL – work in football… We all have to stop over analysising, speculating …it maybe fun-like “fantasy” football, but people, media have gone to far…it has become almost vicious. So, I choose to be fan of football. Love the game…became a COLTS fan when being a COLTS fan was not popular and with the COLTS w/l record – was difficult to stay strong, although I did and I will continue to be a fan of the COLTS – ALL of them, win or lose! Go COLTS!!!!

  51. jabroni1 says: Sep 26, 2011 3:48 PM

    What the heck is a Superbowl Donor?

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