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Colts owner Irsay: Peyton's 'out for awhile'

Posted on: September 8, 2011 9:44 am
Posted by Will Brinson

Alright, let's start with the bad news on Peyton Manning first: he is most definitely going to miss Sunday's game against the Texans, and there is no guarantee that he'll be back by Week 2. Or, well, for "awhile."

How long is that? Well,'s Mike Freeman is hearing that it could mean as much as "a large swath" which is somewhere between a half- and full season of missed time for Manning.

"Awhile" -- for now -- is simply the terminology that Colts owner Jim Irsay is throwing around Twitter, tweeting early Thursday morning to excitedly celebrate the beginning of football ... and potentially break the hearts of many an Indy football fan all at once.

"NFL Season opens 2nite!We had a good practice yesterday and r guys r fired up 4 the season," Irsay tweeted Thursday morning. "#18's out for awhile,but compete,we will/BELIEVE"

Emphasis mine there, obviously, and you can apply your own [sic]'s. But the point is that "out for awhile" can't be good news for Colts fans, especially when you factor how open and upfront Irsay and the front office are being about Peyton's injury.

They're notoriously secretive about things like this, and if we're seeing Peyton ruled out on Wednesday, well, he's pretty messed up and things aren't exactly in great shape.

As for some rumors that floated Wednesday about a third surgery earlier in the week, Irsay denied those on Twitter late in the evening Wednesday.

"Peyton didn't have a medical procedure last sunday,we'll have more info 2 add clarity 2 situation soon," Indy's owner tweeted.

So there's that. Unless "surgery" isn't a "medical procedure" and it may not even matter given that what's important here is a) Peyton's health and b) his timeline for recovery.

If it's half a season or -- heaven forbid -- a full season, well, Indy may resemble the chorus to Steely Dan's "Fire in the Hole" by the time the Super Bowl is played there in February: nothing left to burn and nowhere left to run.

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Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: January 16, 2012 5:22 pm

Colts owner Irsay: Peyton's 'out for awhile'

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Since: Dec 19, 2007
Posted on: September 8, 2011 11:39 am


How many years does everybody think this guy has left, anyway!
He'll be back by mid October.
remember that!

Since: Aug 17, 2006
Posted on: September 8, 2011 10:50 am

Colts owner Irsay: Peyton's 'out for awhile'

Gee, I thought ESPN's Merrill Hoge said this was a non-issue, that Peyton Manning would be starting for the Colts in Week 1.  Any time he was asked about it over the past month or two, he brushed it aside like it was ridiculous to even discuss the issue.  I used to like Hoge, but lately he's come across as an arrogant jacka$$.  I don't really care for him anymore.

Since: Feb 4, 2011
Posted on: September 8, 2011 9:56 am

Kerry Collins looks drunk

If Peyton Manning misses the entire season, and the Colts go 1-15, does Peyton win the MVP?

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