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Peyton Manning will miss 2011 season ... maybe

Posted on: September 26, 2011 10:03 am
Edited on: September 26, 2011 1:55 pm
Posted by Will Brinson

Peyton Manning will miss all of 2011 following the neck surgery that knocked him out thus far, Jim Irsay told Colts supporters at a Super Bowl breakfast on Monday morning.

We think -- Irsay hopped on Twitter shortly after the news surrounding his announcement and attempted to clarify the situation.

"I didn't say Peyton out 4season FOR SURE,keeping him on ActiveRoster n taking it month by month/Outside chance of return n December possible," Irsay tweeted Monday after the breakfast.

The news comes just a few hours after Pittsburgh put a painful dagger into Indianapolis' early season with a 23-20 win at the Colts Lucas Oil Field.

According to, Manning will not practice again until December of this season and "may not play again until 2012."

Heretofore, the Colts have declined to put Manning on Injured Reserve; they've said that they had no plans to do so until his full 2011 season was in jeopardy. And Irsay's tweet could be an indication that Indy will keep him off of IR for even longer, although it makes little-to-no sense to try and bring him back for what already appears to be a lost season.

This news is bad, of course, but it's also not that surprising -- the idea that Manning could come back and actually play again this season seemed far-fetched ever since the Colts confirmed his September surgery.

Recent reports that Manning traveled to Europe for stem-cell therapy before undergoing his September 8 neck procedure didn't help things and now we're right where we thought we'd be sans Manning: the Colts are struggling on a week-by-week basis to be competitive.

The good news, at least, is that they've admitted the need to monitor his health long term.

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Since: Aug 31, 2011
Posted on: September 26, 2011 10:34 am

Peyton Manning will miss the 2011 season

They might as well have one of the ball kids throwing instead of collins.  He looked aweful and it is obvious that the receivers do not have any trust in him and Wayne was pouting after a couple of throws bounced in front of him when he was open.  Not saying the pouting was good but he was running solid routes and couldn't get the ball. 

Since: Dec 19, 2006
Posted on: September 26, 2011 10:32 am

Peyton Manning will miss the 2011 season

guess this puts him in a tie with brady.  now both of the best qb's in recent memory have lost a season.  best of luck to both to stay healthy.

Since: Feb 3, 2008
Posted on: September 26, 2011 10:25 am

Peyton Manning will miss the 2011 season

Gallant effort my butt. Addai was their best blocker in the backfield yet Carter was put in with Painter as soon as the Colts had the lead. I wonder how far they'll go to lose to the Chiefs.

Since: Jul 27, 2010
Posted on: September 26, 2011 10:23 am

Peyton Manning will miss the 2011 season

might as well see what Painter can do. I don't think there's a real hope for anything resembling a good season anyway. Not to mention that if Painter doesn't just look horrible, you may be able to trade him and get something instead of a backup you most likely won't need next year.

Since: Sep 17, 2007
Posted on: September 26, 2011 10:17 am

Peyton Manning will miss the 2011 season

I think Painter can get you Luck.

Since: Sep 23, 2011
Posted on: September 26, 2011 10:15 am

Peyton Manning will miss the 2011 season

Good. Why hurry the return? Restructure his deal let him play 2 or 3 more years as a player/coach. Bomb the season draft Andrew Luck. Then transition Payton to Offensive Coordinator. So what you have one terrible year? With Payton back you can have a couple more playoff runs, then with Andrew luck you could have another 10-12 years of excellence. Espicially if you have Payton grooming then coaching him.

Since: Aug 5, 2008
Posted on: September 26, 2011 10:10 am

Peyton Manning will miss the 2011 season

We all sort of knew this all along but this definitelty confirms it.  The Colts put on a galiant effort last night and should be proud they played a Steelers team very closely.  0-3 to start a season is definitely bad news but I wouldn't start looking at next year just yet.  I would go ahead and turn the reins over to Painter and see what he can do. 

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