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Polian says Manning will be back in 2012

Bill Polian AP

As the Colts continue to sink like a big rock in a deep well, the team is looking for ways to keep the fan base interested.

On Sunday, after Indy fell to 0-10 for the first time since the year they earned the top pick that became Peyton Manning, Colts Vice Chairman Bill Polian said that Manning will be back in 2012, and that Manning will be healthy.

That’s the word, via StampedeBlue.com.  And even though the item characterizes Polian as saying that he “expects” Manning back next year, Brad Wells of StampedeBlue.com tells us that Polian was unequivocal.

If true, it means that the Colts will be paying Manning the $28 million he’s due to earn in early March.

That said, I’m not ready to believe what Bill Polian is selling.  For Manning to be healthy, nerves need to regenerate.  And nerves operate on their own timetable.

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33 Responses to “Polian says Manning will be back in 2012”
  1. dlmcc1010 says: Nov 13, 2011 8:05 PM

    This is going to be the most interesting NFL draft of all time. Colts with the first pick have to draft Andrew Luck. What they do with both Peyton and Luck is going to make for one wild offseason

  2. dolphins4 says: Nov 13, 2011 8:06 PM

    And standing behind Peyton holding a clip board will be Andrew Luck.

  3. jhart615 says: Nov 13, 2011 8:13 PM

    giving him that 90 million dollar contract was the biggest mistake the colts could have made.

  4. bamasleeper13 says: Nov 13, 2011 8:14 PM

    They need to draft Luck, even if Manning plays 2 or 3 years, he could learn a lot from Peyton. Hope the Colts won’t fool around and pull a Farve.

  5. pmac63 says: Nov 13, 2011 8:18 PM

    I think 0-10 would say different

  6. thridandlong says: Nov 13, 2011 8:18 PM

    I respect Peyton Manning, but Polian selling a defective product, isn’t that fraud ?

    Good luck Peyton.

  7. redrocker77 says: Nov 13, 2011 8:30 PM

    And the charade continues. Manning is done, and this dude keeps trying to hide the obvious.

  8. mjoreill says: Nov 13, 2011 8:32 PM

    The contract isnt that bad…most of the money is still owed to him ala the 28 million dollar signing bonus hes going to receive in the offseason. Nothing wrong with Luck sitting behind Peyton though. I feel like if Alex Smith would have sat a few years it wouldnt have been the worst thing for him. Just look at Rodgers.

  9. mike8016 says: Nov 13, 2011 8:36 PM

    I doubt the Polians and Caldwell will be back

  10. buckifan4life says: Nov 13, 2011 8:37 PM

    The colts have a problem,…having had two back surgeries myself and nerve damage from the injuries that precipitated the surgeries, nerves (once unpinched) take 6-8 months typically to heal. Furthermore, Manning will only lose about 10% of range of motion with a one level cervical fusion in nodding motion. his side to side neck motion should not be affected since that action takes place at the atlas (C0-C1). Manning should be very healthy since his pathology will finally be corrected and the nerves unpinched. Question will be,..How many Manning-like years does he have left with respect to his age? Maybe 2 or 3 at most I would suspect. I think the Colts will deal the first overall pick away. JMO.

  11. trbowman says: Nov 13, 2011 8:37 PM

    Peyton, you deserve better than this organization. Peyton doesn’t owe the Colts anything. It’s a slap in the face to him if they take Luck. Should trade down and get pieces that will help them win a championship with Peyton back in 2012.

  12. jpk6044 says: Nov 13, 2011 8:38 PM

    For the low cost of second and third round draft choices, Peyton Manning will be the opening day starter for the 2012 Washington Redskins and promptly lead them to a 7-9 season. The genius that is Dan Snyder.

  13. jasonculhane says: Nov 13, 2011 8:44 PM

    Yes…He’ll be starting week 17 January 1st 2012 Sunday against the Jaguars…

  14. Deb says: Nov 13, 2011 9:00 PM

    That said, I’m not ready to believe what Bill Polian is selling.

    Polian has never been the most forthright exec in the league, but right now everything he says is suspect. If Polian keeps his job, we’ll know how much faith he really has in Manning’s future on the opening day of the draft.

  15. turtlehut says: Nov 13, 2011 9:29 PM

    Bill Polian will be giving away Jim Irsay’s money, and if it doesn’t work out he will retire and take the fall while Chris Polian takes over

  16. northshorejag says: Nov 13, 2011 9:40 PM

    He’ll be back as Head Coach

  17. 2ndaryinsanity says: Nov 13, 2011 9:56 PM

    @Bucksfan4life…no offense, but i have to disagree with your opinion. First of all, people’s bodies don’t always react/respond the same- even when they have the same surgery. Second, unless you are a professional athlete in a contact sport…it doesn’t make much sense to compare your situation to Manning’s.

  18. jonrambo says: Nov 13, 2011 10:07 PM

    Can’t think of a worse run team personnel wise-maybe raiders. Been freeloading off Manning for so long, cannot win a single f’ing game without him. Then pissed away all that money to a guy that has broken neck or whatever. Nice work guy.

  19. green18blue52 says: Nov 13, 2011 10:38 PM

    Nerves don’t regenerate. I’m a Pre-Med student and it’s a biological fact that nerve cells and muscle cells do not regenerate. That is unless you are a child still developing. Manning is a mid-30s adult. He’s DONE!

  20. scomibord says: Nov 13, 2011 10:44 PM

    Isn’t that what they said about him and this season…think about it peyton. is it worth being parylyzed for the remainder of your days drooling all over yourself and being wheeled out at the half of future colts games. get out now while you can still walk

  21. mdg1985 says: Nov 13, 2011 10:56 PM

    Peyton should have 4-5 years left. The Colts should use that pick as leverage and trade out, they need help all over the field. Luck doesn’t play defense, remember.

  22. lilrob10201 says: Nov 13, 2011 11:00 PM

    This will not happen but wouldent it be funny if Luck started over Manning ?

  23. packerman1968 says: Nov 13, 2011 11:11 PM

    Season ticket renewals are coming out soon.

    Polian is selling snake oil to sell tickets.

  24. nooittall says: Nov 13, 2011 11:47 PM

    Trouble is everything Polian says is “unequivocal” this narcissist believes every word he utters is gospel. Truth of the matter is he is a pathological liar, always has been, always will be. Sad truth is national media won’t call him on it because he spoon feeds them their “inside” league information. He’s a sad, sorry little man that must lie and bully to try and feel important.

  25. nekelund says: Nov 14, 2011 1:08 AM

    In other news, Bill Polian cured cancer today by announcing that he “expects” people to stop having cancer in 2012.

    Another problem solved by Polian Power ™.

  26. Wisconsin77 says: Nov 14, 2011 2:35 AM

    bamasleeper13 says:
    Nov 13, 2011 8:14 PM
    They need to draft Luck, even if Manning plays 2 or 3 years, he could learn a lot from Peyton. Hope the Colts won’t fool around and pull a Farve.

    What does that even mean? For a team to “pull a Favre”???

  27. CKL says: Nov 14, 2011 4:13 AM

    green18blue52 says:
    Nov 13, 2011 10:38 PM
    Nerves don’t regenerate. I’m a Pre-Med student and it’s a biological fact that nerve cells and muscle cells do not regenerate. That is unless you are a child still developing. Manning is a mid-30s adult. He’s DONE!
    _________________________________
    If they don’t regenerate, is there another explanation why one can have no feeling in segments of the body and it comes back gradually over a time period? I had hand surgery and it took years for me to get full feeling back from my forearm all the way through to my fingertips. One of the screws in my bone went through a nerve.

  28. Topher says: Nov 14, 2011 6:52 AM

    I’m not ready to believe what Polian is selling. Mostly because he said it the rule of thumb is to assume he is lying to further his short term goal.

  29. hallcyon says: Nov 14, 2011 8:08 AM

    Bill Polian will be lucky if he still has a job in the NFL next season, let alone be an executive with Colts. He ‘was’ a major part of the rebuilding of this team, but he and his unqualified son Chris have been behind the downfall of the Colts.

    I’ve met the Mannings many times and am fond of them. But to state you will be paying a 28 million dollar bonus to a player entering his 15th season with a possible career ending injury, while having a replacement in Andrew Luck, Robert Griffin III, Matt Barkley, or Ryan Tanneyhill is absurd. If he will not even consider cutting Manning and drafting Luck or whomever, he and his son, along with their nepotism, need to be shown the door so someone qualified can do the duty and restore the Colts.

    After Polians outburst against the media and how Irsay turned on him publicly, he needs to take a hint and shut up if he wants to keep his job till the end of the season. If anyone hasn’t noticed the Colts are the worst team in the NFL by far, they are not competitive in any way. Most bad college teams would beat them. This is from a talent stand point, it’s beyond the reach of the coaching staff to even attempt to compete. Bill Polian has had a remarkable career with the Bills, Panthers and Colts, but it is now tarnished for putting together one of the worst teams in NFL history that competes with the Matt Millen Lions.

    Fire the incompetent Polians and start over. Anyone who puts together a team this bad must be fired, as failure can not be rewarded.

  30. tatatoothy says: Nov 14, 2011 8:10 AM

    Manning may be back, but will Polian?

  31. popolover says: Nov 14, 2011 10:32 AM

    Why isn’t Chrisissy speaking for the Colts?

  32. syr22kmar says: Nov 14, 2011 10:29 PM

    I’ll give everyone another “STRONG POSSIBILITY” for 2012…J.Caldwell -OUT…J. Trexxel -IN as head coach…you heard it first right here!

  33. jasonculhane says: Nov 15, 2011 8:12 AM

    I’m looking at all these “Thumbs Down” on here and its gotta be from Colts fans who just don’t want to hear the truth about their future.

    “Polian sucks and Manning should take his 28 million, get into coaching or retire and spend his life with his kids”……..

    AHAHAHAHA……..THUMBS DOWN

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