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Irsay doesn't "envision Peyton playing' in 2011

Posted on: December 8, 2011 3:00 pm
By Will Brinson

This won't come as much of a surprise, but Colts owner Jim Irsay doesn't believe that Peyton Manning, sidelined for the entire season with a neck injury, will end up playing in 2011.

That's according to comments Irsay made to WRTV at a Super Bowl event in downtown Indianapolis recently, when he told the station that he "doesn't envision Peyton playing this season."

"These things take time. The best doctors can't predict. People often think someone knows for sure, and the answer is only time will tell," Irsay told WRTV, via The Indianapolis Star. "He is doing everything he can to get back and is working as hard as he can."

Really, the biggest surprise when we learned about the serious nature of Manning's neck injury is that he wasn't placed in Injured Reserve when the season began, in order for the Colts to add another body to the team.

Irsay's spent the season, however, sending out tweets about Manning's season not quite being done. And Manning himself told The NFL Today recently that he's cleared to throw, but not to practice.

The Colts have often been odd about their IR decisions, however, and putting Manning down for the year before the year really began wouldn't do wonders for ticket sales. (Not that 0-12 is helping matters.)

Lest you missed it, there's been quite the controversy this week about whether or not Manning and likely to be drafted quarterback Andrew Luck can co-exist on the Indy roster.

Now the general direction of rumors and chatter indicate that Manning could be traded (we'll worry more about suitors when it comes time, but the Jets, 49ers and Redskins all stand out as possibilities) or cut. After all, as Archie Manning said, "It'll work itself out."

The crazy thing is that if, in fact, Manning is done for the season, it's entirely possible he's already played his last game in a Colts uniform.

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Since: Jun 2, 2009
Posted on: December 9, 2011 2:48 pm

Irsay doesn't 'envision Peyton playing' in 2011

Im glad your not in charge of the Colts organization.  

Since: Oct 15, 2009
Posted on: December 9, 2011 2:08 pm

Irsay doesn't 'envision Peyton playing' in 2011

YOU KNOW no one is up in arms aboout this whole sign a tenth of a billion dollar contract then not play a down....

spent most of the first part of the season in the coaches booth, not on the field giving instruction to the back up QB....

Now that someone has said somthing he is on the field giving instruction...

Peyton is done, history over...why should the colts have any loyalty to him after this year...

I wouldn't be surprised of they released him... I am not about to pay someone for another year to stand on the side lines and drink up my powerade.....

Since: Jun 2, 2009
Posted on: December 9, 2011 1:59 pm

Irsay doesn't 'envision Peyton playing' in 2011

Manning is going no where!  He is a Colt for life.  END OF STORY

Since: Jun 17, 2007
Posted on: December 9, 2011 11:23 am

Irsay doesn't 'envision Peyton playing' in 2011

I personally hope Peyton Manning goes to the Baltimore Ravens.

Think about this:  Baltimore always has a top defense.  They have Ray Rice to rush the football.  Their O-line is pretty good.  Their weakest spot is QB. The Colts have beaten the Ravens the last five or six games (which will end this year) because of Peyton Manning. From top to bottom, the Ravens are probably better, yet, Manning gets the win.

So, throw Peyton Manning on the Ravens, and what do you have?  Super Bowl or bust, baaaaaby!

Plus, Manning has always been a fan of old-skool (his dad being part of that group) and in the day, Indy was Baltimore. He's been compared to Unitas, so how cool would it be for him to go back to Unitas' Colts town (Baltimore) and win a Championship with the team that is there now? In fact, Baltimore might get over the Colts leaving if Manning ends up there!  Hahah.

Think about it...seriously, does any other place make more sense?  Even the coaching staff makes sense:  Harbaugh is the no-nonsense, non-controversial, goes about his business kind of coach that Manning seems to thrive under. I can't see him going to the Jets, for that reason. That's no knock on Ryan, but he and Peyton would be polar opposites in that regard. Harbaugh would be the perfect head coach.

Really...the Ravens is an incredibly great fit...not sure why no one has mentioned it sooner.  I've been saying it since a year ago, when I wasn't sure he'd re-sign with the Colts. The only reason I can think of that people don't mention Baltimore is that maybe some of them see Joe Flacco bringing a Championship to Baltimore - but, he's had time to mature - and I really don't see that happening.

Peyton to the Ravens = Super Bowl, baaaby! 

Since: Sep 25, 2007
Posted on: December 9, 2011 11:00 am

Irsay doesn't 'envision Peyton playing' in 2011

I for one have always enjoyed watching the preparation and dedication Peyton showed us as a HOF quarterback.  If the Colts do draft another quarterback in April, then I agree Peyton will not stick around as he is too competetive to mentor his replacement.  If he decides to play, I dont know if any NFL team would give up much for him knowing the medical history he has.  Peyton can always take Terry Bradshaws or Boomer Esiasons place on the TV shows like Dad Archie does for CBS College Sports.  He is an articulate speaker who can convey the game to us fans a lot better than a lot of folks want to give him credit for.  Just because the current QB's dont seem to take the help he is giving them well does not mean they see the game the way Peyton does.  Lets get a chair and a cold drink and see where this leads, but I dont see it being good for the Colts.  It is rebuilding time.

Since: Sep 26, 2011
Posted on: December 9, 2011 9:29 am

Irsay doesn't 'envision Peyton playing' in 2011

...he sure doesn't have the look in his eye like he's bustin' to get back out there...he's cleared to throw only! He surely knows how long and hard it's gonna be to get game ready.

...I can see him hanging it up...I can't see him playing for the 'skins, or any of those other mentions. I cannot imagine he needs money, nor does he seem the type to want more in the way of yardage, TDs and such. He's famous within the sporting world. If he quits, he'll show us his intelligence and common sense...

...I might add he doesn't seem to be such a good QB coach as witnessed by the 0fer the Colts are tossing this season...he had a great run. The last thing I'd want to see is for him to return and get his career ended on someone else's terms... 

Since: Feb 3, 2007
Posted on: December 9, 2011 7:53 am

Irsay doesn't 'envision Peyton playing' in 2011

Peyton to Washington for their 2012 #1 and LaRon Landry.  Book it.

Since: Dec 9, 2011
Posted on: December 9, 2011 7:03 am

Irsay doesn't 'envision Peyton playing' in 2011

Why would he even consider playing again, 3 neck surgeries come on, Why would he take a chance of being tackled hard and he reinjures it so bad that he damages his spinal cord and ends up having to blow into a straw to make his wheelchair move, He should retire and become a football analyst!! They need to draft a new QB

Since: Feb 11, 2009
Posted on: December 9, 2011 6:33 am

Irsay doesn't 'envision Peyton playing' in 2011

This is news?  Anyone who doesn't believe that the Colts organization has been planning for a post-Manning look for at least several months is probably a Colts season ticket holder.  Three neck surgeries in some eighteen months?  Manning needs to make sure that his ego is not dictating the punishment that his body might continue to take.  We all get older.  With a salute to Dennis Dodd, that's a "natural law" that even football cannot defy.

Since: Jan 14, 2007
Posted on: December 8, 2011 11:04 pm

Irsay doesn't 'envision Peyton playing' in 2011

peyton is looking more and more like rocky dennis from mask. he needs to retire while he can still walk.

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