|Polian doesn't (yet) have plans to put Manning on IR. (US PRESSWIRE)|
After what the Texans perpetrated against the Colts on Sunday, Peyton Manning can't get back on the field fast enough. Unfortunately, doctors can't pinpoint a return date, which seems perfectly reasonable given that Manning just had neck surgery (his second since the spring).
FOXSports.com's Jay Glazer said earlier this week that the medical people he spoke with said Manning wouldn’t be able to take a hit for four months. Doing the math, that means Peyton might be ready in January and we all know Indianapolis won't be playing at that point in the season.
So it might make sense for the Colts to put Manning on injured reserve, right? Not yet, at least to hear team vice chairman Bill Polian explain it.
“We saved the spot for Bob Sanders last year all the way up to week 12, maybe even beyond that because the prognosis, which is just that – it’s a guesstimate the doctors give you, it’s not cast in concrete – was that Bob had a chance to make it back by the end of the season," Polian said on the team's website.
“That did not occur. What I’ve said to Peyton and what we’ve said publicly is that we will leave him on the active roster as long as the doctors tell us there’s a chance for him to come back.”
Which immediately conjures memories of this:
All that's missing is Polian sporting a bowl cut and a snazzy southwestern-inspired button-up.
After watching what happened against the Texans Sunday, and Polian scouting Andrew Luck the day before, we figured the Colts would give the season another four or five weeks, and if they continue to look like the worst team in football then they'd shut Peyton down for good. Because, really, there's no reason to rush him back to play for a team that might be 2-10, only to have him risk further injury. And Polian can't reiterate that last point strongly enough.
“It Bears very, very strong emphasis that [Manning] will not be allowed back on the field until the doctors are satisfied that he’s 100 percent and ready to go, regardless of what occurs with the season or doesn’t occur with the season. His long-term health is what the most important thing is here.”
Which is probably why it makes sense to put Manning on injured reserve now.
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