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Polian confirms Manning won’t play

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In case it wasn’t already obvious, Colts President Bill Polian has made it clear: Peyton Manning will not play this season.

Although Manning’s recovery from neck surgery has moved along far enough that he can throw a football, he’s not ready to see full-contact game action, and he won’t be ready within the next two weeks.

“On Thursday, we met with the doctors and the rehabilitation folks, and the strength and conditioning folks and our training staff, and in that meeting we outlined where Peyton was and where he might be expected to go in the future,” Polian said after the Colts earned their first win of the season on Sunday.”With respect to that meeting, it was determined by the doctors that there was no chance he would play this year. His rehabilitation has not come far enough to make it prudent for him to step on the field in game action.”

Manning is likely done playing for the Colts, as the team is expected to release him before his $28 million bonus comes due in early 2012. It’s tough to see them paying that kind of money to a soon-to-be 36-year-old who just missed an entire season, and the Colts would take an enormous salary cap hit if they traded Manning. So for Indianapolis, the next step at quarterback will be moving on to Andrew Luck.

And the next time we see Manning on a football field, it will be in some other team’s uniform.

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  1. KIR says: Dec 19, 2011 8:57 AM

    Luck IS NOT a sure thing and releasing Peyton before Luck takes one NFL snap would probably be the dumbest move in the history of the NFL. Here’s a list of can’t miss QB’s since 91. THAT’S 20 YEARS! Go back and read some of the hype they gave some of these guys. It’s Just laughable to listen to these NFL ” QB draft experts”. It’s fun to speculate but the truth is that no one really knows. Only 7 of them (Dilfer, McNair, Peyton, McNabb, Eli, Rothlesburger & Rodgers) have been to the Super Bowl. Only 4 of them McNair, Peyton, Rothlisburger & Rodgers up to this point “are who they said they were” Franchise QB’s who carried their team every year and led their teams to the Super Bowl. THAT’S IT, 4! The jury is still out on Eli’s consistency and McNabb choked in big games.

    Of the Actual remaining Franchise QB’s drafted over the last 20 years; Rodgers almost slipped to the 2nd round and Brees and Brady were afterthoughts.

    1991 Dan McGwire Seattle Seahawks
    1991 Todd Marinovich Los Angeles Raiders
    1992 David Klingler Cincinnati Bengals
    1992 Tommy Maddox Denver Broncos
    1993 Drew Bledsoe New England Patriots
    1993 Rick Mirer Seattle Seahawks
    1994 Heath Shuler Washington Redskins
    1994 Trent Dilfer Tampa Bay Buccaneers
    1995 Steve McNair Houston Oilers
    1995 Kerry Collins Carolina Panthers
    1997 Jim Druckenmiller San Francisco 49ers
    1998 Peyton Manning Indianapolis Colts
    1998 Ryan Leaf San Diego Chargers
    1999 Tim Couch Cleveland Browns
    1999 Donovan McNabb Philadelphia Eagles
    1999 Akili Smith Cincinnati Bengals
    1999 Daunte Culpepper Minnesota Vikings
    1999 Cade McNown Chicago Bears
    2000 Chad Pennington New York Jets
    2001 Michael Vick Atlanta Falcons
    2002 David Carr Houston Texans
    2002 Joey Harrington Detroit Lions
    2002 Patrick Ramsey Washington Redskins
    2003 Carson Palmer Cincinnati Bengals
    2003 Byron Leftwich Jacksonville Jaguars
    2003 Kyle Boller Baltimore Ravens
    2003 Rex Grossman Chicago Bears
    2004 Eli Manning San Diego Chargers
    2004 Philip Rivers New York Giants
    2004 Ben Roethlisberger Pittsburgh Steelers
    2004 J.P. Losman Buffalo Bills
    2005 Alex Smith San Francisco 49ers
    2005 Aaron Rodgers Green Bay Packers
    2005 Jason Campbell Washington Redskins
    2006 Vince Young Tennessee Titans
    2006 Matt Leinart Arizona Cardinals
    2006 Jay Cutler Denver Broncos
    2007 JaMarcus Russell Oakland Raiders
    2007 Brady Quinn Cleveland Browns
    2008 Matt Ryan Atlanta Falcons
    2008 Joe Flacco Baltimore Ravens
    2009 Matt Stafford Detroit Lions
    2009 Mark Sanchez New York Jets
    2009 Josh Freeman Tampa Bay Buccaneers
    2010 Sam Bradford St. Louis Rams
    2010 Tim Tebow Denver Broncos

  2. sterilizecromartie says: Dec 19, 2011 8:58 AM

    Sort of off-topic, but does anyone know the order of the draft picks if the Colts win another game and end up with 2 wins with the Rams and Vikes?

  3. warrenmoon says: Dec 19, 2011 9:03 AM

    Yet they went the whole season without putting him on IR so that they could use that roster spot for someone else… How did this organization do so well last decade? Oh yeah, their division is garbage and Manning is a beast.

  4. Chris says: Dec 19, 2011 9:04 AM

    In other news the sky is blue!

    The Colts would be crazy to let Payton suite up for one or both of these last 2 games, can’t afford another Manningless season!

  5. phailing101 says: Dec 19, 2011 9:16 AM

    What happens when they end up with the #3 pick?

  6. ploughking says: Dec 19, 2011 9:23 AM

    KIR is fanboy supreme. Also, he seems to forget that Tommy Maddox was the XFL’s MVP and has a Superbowl ring with Pittsburgh.

  7. richm2256 says: Dec 19, 2011 9:28 AM

    @KIR

    Thank you for that list, but you forgot that Drew Bledsoe took the Patriots to a Super Bowl in ’96.

    There are more “good” QBs on that list than bad, but it shows that it’s always a roll of the dice on a “can’t miss” pick.

    The real busts are:
    1991 Dan McGwire Seattle Seahawks
    1991 Todd Marinovich Los Angeles Raiders
    1992 David Klingler Cincinnati Bengals
    1992 Tommy Maddox Denver Broncos
    1993 Rick Mirer Seattle Seahawks
    1994 Heath Shuler Washington Redskins
    1997 Jim Druckenmiller San Francisco 49ers
    1998 Ryan Leaf San Diego Chargers
    1999 Tim Couch Cleveland Browns
    1999 Akili Smith Cincinnati Bengals
    1999 Cade McNown Chicago Bears
    2002 Patrick Ramsey Washington Redskins
    2003 Kyle Boller Baltimore Ravens
    2006 Matt Leinart Arizona Cardinals
    2007 JaMarcus Russell Oakland Raiders

  8. sterilizecromartie says: Dec 19, 2011 9:37 AM

    @ KIR

    All you are saying is that there have been 1st round QBs that have been busts. I agree. But, there aren’t many QBs prospects that are immediately compared to John Elway and Peyton Manning. Every scout, every GM, every coach, every analyst, etc. that I have heard talk about Luck has put him in the class of those two great QBs. I don’t remember them ever saying that about the likes of any of those propects you listed.

  9. freddyfreeloader says: Dec 19, 2011 9:44 AM

    sterilizecromartie says: Dec 19, 2011 8:58 AM

    Sort of off-topic, but does anyone know the order of the draft picks if the Colts win another game and end up with 2 wins with the Rams and Vikes?
    ______________________________

    Strength of schedule… the team with the weakest schedule gets first dibs.

  10. joerevs300 says: Dec 19, 2011 9:49 AM

    This has to be the “duh” moment of the 2011 season.

    Really? I thought they’d run Manning out there to savage a 3-13 finish! LOL

  11. dacapt704 says: Dec 19, 2011 9:54 AM

    Is water still wet? Duh…

  12. freddyfreeloader says: Dec 19, 2011 9:56 AM

    “Manning is likely done playing for the Colts, as the team is expected to release him before his $28 million bonus comes due in early 2012.”

    Who expects the Colts to release Manning? Quit using the passive voice. You’ve made this rather strident claim but haven’t indicated how you reached it.

    As I understand it, the Colts still don’t know what they are going to do about the QB situation. And I’ve heard a few pundits say that they expect the Colts to cut Manning, but I’ve heard as many or more say that they don’t think this will happen if Manning’s health issues are resolved (and I find the latter to be more credible).

    The buzz in Indy has been that Irsay will be loyal to Manning to a fault, and some have speculated that Irsay would side with Manning in the event of a rift between Manning and the Polians (which has also been speculated).

    Unless you can provide a basis for your claim, I think your “expectation” is ill-founded.

  13. CKL says: Dec 19, 2011 9:57 AM

    They win and this dbag Polian can’t even let the Colts fans enjoy it for a day before he comes out with this statement???

  14. gmen1987 says: Dec 19, 2011 9:58 AM

    Big chance that Peyton will never take another snap in the NFL.

  15. worldwidebleater says: Dec 19, 2011 10:00 AM

    KIR says:Dec 19, 2011 8:57 AM

    Great post.

  16. 6ball says: Dec 19, 2011 10:03 AM

    .

    @sterilizecromartie

    Re: draft order ….the great blue north draft report gbnreport.com does an excellent job of keeping up with the changing draft order each week, as we come down the home stretch.

    .

  17. freidasboss says: Dec 19, 2011 10:11 AM

    Could he restructure his deal?

  18. gmen1987 says: Dec 19, 2011 10:24 AM

    KIR says:
    Dec 19, 2011 8:57 AM
    Luck IS NOT a sure thing and releasing Peyton before Luck takes one NFL snap would probably be the dumbest move in the history of the NFL. Here’s a list of can’t miss QB’s since 91. THAT’S 20 YEARS! Go back and read some of the hype they gave some of these guys. It’s Just laughable to listen to these NFL ” QB draft experts”. It’s fun to speculate but the truth is that no one really knows. Only 7 of them (Dilfer, McNair, Peyton, McNabb, Eli, Rothlesburger & Rodgers) have been to the Super Bowl. Only 4 of them McNair, Peyton, Rothlisburger & Rodgers up to this point “are who they said they were” Franchise QB’s who carried their team every year and led their teams to the Super Bowl. THAT’S IT, 4! The jury is still out on Eli’s consistency and McNabb choked in big games.

    Of the Actual remaining Franchise QB’s drafted over the last 20 years; Rodgers almost slipped to the 2nd round and Brees and Brady were afterthoughts.
    ==================================
    Goobs, the Indy Colts are thankful that you are not the GM of their team.

  19. toddm6d says: Dec 19, 2011 10:25 AM

    A recently released QB, coming off injury, and probably one James Harrison hit away from retirement?

    Yeah, we’ll take him in purple.

  20. umrguy42 says: Dec 19, 2011 10:42 AM

    Who took the 2000 Giants to the Super Bowl? I thought it was Kerry Collins…

  21. jasonculhane says: Dec 19, 2011 10:42 AM

    Great! This comes from the Gm who thinks his coach saved his job by winning one game this year.

    Can’t wait until next year Bill:)

  22. twitter:Chapman_Jamie says: Dec 19, 2011 10:45 AM

    Rumors are swirling that the Colts and Redskins have agreed to a trade in principle that would send the Redskins’ next 5 years 1st round picks to Indy for Manning.

  23. indywilson40 says: Dec 19, 2011 10:51 AM

    Kir, are freaking kidding me? That has to be the dumbest post I’ve ever seen on PFT. I don’t quite remember everyone saying Jim Druckenmiller, Kyle Boller, Tommy Maddox etc. were can’t miss prospects. Go back through the draft over the years and you will find busts at every position. With your logic, the Colts should not have drafted Peyton Manning in 1998. How did drafting Manning work out? Releasing Manning would be the dumbest move in NFL history? You can’t be serious. He’s had three neck surguries in 19 months, He will be 36 years old, he is owed $28 million in March with no guarantees that he will ever take another snap in the NFL. Gmen1987, you nailed it. As a Colts fan, I’m very thankful that this GOOBER isn’t our GM.

  24. nfloracle says: Dec 19, 2011 10:58 AM

    “It’s tough to see them paying that kind of money to a soon-to-be 36-year-old who just missed an entire season”

    Add to that sentence “missed an entire season because of a major neck injury that surgery wasn’t able to correct and that rehabilitation has also not been able to correct, an ongoing neck weakness that could result in paralysis for the rest of his life.”

    In other words, it’s tough to see any competent GM with five brain cells paying any money to Peyton Manning for another season.

    Manning is smart enough to know this, and he has young children, so I suspect he’s just waiting to see if Irsay is stupid enough (and that’s very possible) to not release him.

    If Manning is released from the Colts, I’d bet $100 that he says, “I’ve had a great career and it’s time now to get behind a mike and spend time with my children, so I’m retiring as a player.”

    It would be really sad to see Peyton Manning carried off the field, paralyzed on a stretcher, because, like too many great boxers, he didn’t know when to hang it up.

  25. yevrag3535 says: Dec 19, 2011 11:06 AM

    KIR – get a life

  26. alexexum12 says: Dec 19, 2011 11:13 AM

    Gmen 1987: that’s not even a chance

  27. awdlmd says: Dec 19, 2011 11:38 AM

    The Colts should check with the Raiders to see if they’ll give a couple firsts for him.

  28. KIR says: Dec 19, 2011 11:43 AM

    Those are 1ST ROUND QB’s gentlemen! The future great saviors for those franchises.

    Franchise QB means “carry your team year after year and take your team to the Super Bowl.” I stand by my post. There have only been 4 1st. round Qb’s who have carried their team year after year and have taken their team to the Super Bowl. That’s it! The chances of Luck being a franchise QB is a long shot at best.

    My point? Ride Peyton until the wheels come off. Releasing him too early would be foolish.

  29. indywilson40 says: Dec 19, 2011 12:23 PM

    Kir, So you would never draft a QB in the 1st round? Marino, Manning, Rodgers, Elway, Bradshaw, Aikman, Roethlisberger, Kelly, Rivers, Namath, Simms, Griese, and Plunkett all think you are an idiot.

  30. laramsfan003 says: Dec 19, 2011 12:28 PM

    I’m sorry folks but Luck can suck it! I’m just not a believer. VERY few prospects are worthy of such lofty praise & I’ve seen numerous draft “experts” through the yrs drool over lesser prospects only to see them fall flat in the NFL. Anyone remember Glenn Dorsey? My Lambs had the No. 2 draft pick in 08 just like we did in 07 & we’ll have this yr. (sigh).

    Anyway Dorsey was touted as the second coming of Warran Sapp! No lie (I can link it if necessary)! Ironically I’m also a huge LSU fan (as I live in the state), so I’d watched him play & knew him to have injury issues. Not worthy of being compared to Sapp b4 even suiting up in an NFL jersey. The “experts” debated between Jake Long (1st overall by fins that yr), Chris Long (2nd to my Lambs), & Dorsey as to who should go No. 1. Needless to say Dorsey is now spending time in the Chiefs rotation, & has been a moderate player AT BEST. He ain’t no Sapp & Luck ain’t no Manning! Trade/Cut away a sure thing for the next new shining thing & see what that gets you.

  31. gmen1987 says: Dec 19, 2011 1:24 PM

    For those that want the tool Kir to be the GM of your team, say I.

  32. jziii says: Dec 19, 2011 1:46 PM

    Lots of grumpy posts today!

    Assuming MDS’s “strident claim” comes to pass (and I am not so sure as he is), WHERE would Manning go next year (provided he’s healthy, duh)? Can’t imagine him in any other uniform, nor can I imagine him wanting to go to a team that is rebuilding. Likewise, what team is a quarterback away from being a contender, like the Vikes were in 2009? They’ve got Ponder now; several teams drafted QBs this year, and a crop of good ones will be coming out in next year’s draft. I’m thinking Miami, Seattle, and KC may be looking to upgrade at QB next year, but would any of these teams be the right fit for Manning and vice versa? (Am I missing anyone?) So, will anyone but Indy want Manning?

  33. gmen1987 says: Dec 19, 2011 1:52 PM

    A little info for that tool Kir. If the season ended today, most of the teams in the playoffs would have a 1st round QB at their helm. Add that Drew Brees barely missed the 1st round shows even more how important it is to have a talented QB at the helm.

  34. MichaelEdits says: Dec 19, 2011 9:11 PM

    All these posts about this are a real pain in the neck.

  35. indywilson40 says: Dec 20, 2011 8:18 AM

    laramsfan003, So because Glen Dorsey was a bust, the Colts shouldn’t draft Andrew Luck. Here’s your sign.

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