Colts coach Jim Caldwell was pressed on that assessment Tuesday, but wouldn’t give much away.
“He’s rehabbing,” was all Caldwell would say via Philip B. Wilson of the Indianapolis Star.
Caldwell would admit that Manning will not practice with the full team for the rest of the season. Manning will continue to do drill work on his own after practice. Well, not entirely on his own.
Colts center Jeff Saturday has seen Manning’s throws, but he’s staying tight-lipped.
“Listen, the last thing I’m going to do is evaluate quarterback talent. Maybe in my next job I’ll do that,” Saturday told Wilson.
Indianapolis will likely have to make a decision on Manning’s future before the start of free agency. (Manning and the Colts could theoretically push back the date of his option bonus.)
Manning’s performance in these non-practice drills are the beginning of an evaluation process for the Colts and medical staff. Via Bob Kravitz of the Indianapolis Star, Polian said Tuesday that once Manning fails his post-season physical, he will be able to do workouts at the team facility after the season ends.
Manning’s progress over the next two months should ultimately decide whether he has a future with the Colts.