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Irsay: 'Peyton has not passed our physical'

Posted on: February 3, 2012 3:20 am
It's getting ugly between Manning and Irsay... (Getty Images)
By Will Brinson

INDIANAPOLIS -- The Peyton Manning saga is in full public relations mode. And despite a promise from Manning and Colts owner Jim Irsay that things reached a peace accord, everything managed to turn sour again late on Thursday night, courtesy of Jim Irsay's Twitter account and a report that Manning was "cleared" to return to playing football.

That report surfaced Thursday afternoon and then Irsay tweeted late on Thursday that indicated Peyton was, in fact, not clear, physically speaking.

"Peyton has not passed our physical nor has he been cleared to play for The Indianapolis Colts," Irsay tweeted. "Team statement coming on Friday."

This is about to get ugly, and it's about to get ugly quickly. There was some reconciliation of feelings between Irsay and Manning before the media arrived in Indianapolis earlier in the week. That almost put the Colts long-term situation at quarterback on the backburner when it comes to Indianapolis Star front pages. It hasn't.

Instead, things have somehow managed to become more awkward. Manning -- vis a vis a report -- was declared eligible to start playing football. This said nothing about the arm strength of Manning, who's recovering from nerve damage.

Irsay's tweet, on the other hand, speaks directly to Manning's lack of health, as it pertains to the Colts decision to pick up his $28 million option.

Peyton might well be healthy, but it matters little at this point, because the salvos are fired. Manning says he's healthy enough to play football. (Ergo, he believes he should be paid to be played football, right?)

And Irsay -- and the Colts -- disagree, and, ergo, Manning shouldn't be paid to play football. At least for the Colts. It's a nightmare of epic proportions for everyone involved and, despite the quite pleasant Super Bowl taking place in Indianapolis, this story is casting a cloud over the normally fun activities taking place in Indiana.

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Since: Apr 6, 2007
Posted on: February 3, 2012 12:48 pm

Irsay: 'Peyton has not passed our physical'

"Last time I looked, Irsay owns the team. Not Manning. Irsay can do or say whatever the heck he wants. We can all like it or lump it! FACT."

That's not the issue here. Everyone knows he runs the team and can make the necessary moves he sees fit.
This is all about public image. Manning wants the Indy fans to know he's willing to play. Irsay is going to release Manning. He was going to try and hide behind the fact Manning is injured and we can't invest the money. A perfectly acceptable reason to dump Manning. Since Mannings doctors have decalred him healthy, that puts a lot of pressure on Irsay to come up with a viable reason to cut Manning. No way Irsay wants to piss off his fans. I'm not sure how many fans will be put off by releasing Manning, but I can tell you how Irsay handles this will affect his bottom line. This is why the public posturing continues...and of course Manning would like to have the 28 million dollars.

Since: Feb 24, 2007
Posted on: February 3, 2012 12:48 pm

Irsay: 'Peyton has not passed our physical'

Actually probably not fact. A team or owner cannot arbitrarily decide if a player is or is not heathy enough to play. Doctors, and not just Irsay's doctors will havea say in that. Now what is fact is that he may decide he does not want to take chance on Peyton's future health, and simply cut him. he doesn't need a reason to do that. He can opt to receive no compensation and simply cut him. I am guessing unless Manning's contract forbids it, that he could trade him before that time as well, and the next team would have to eat the bonus, but I doubt anyone does that when they could gt him for much less after he gets cut, or trade for him after he gets paid, ala Albert Haynesworth-less.

If Irsay attempts to convince anyone that Peyton is not healthy enough to play, and he is, then he stands to lose much more than the bonus he is due at this point because it could disuade other teams from signing him and he could sue for lost opportunity of wages. I could care less what happens, but Peytone is a sharp cat and he has a plan. He can take that to the bank....

Since: Dec 22, 2011
Posted on: February 3, 2012 12:34 pm

Irsay: 'Peyton has not passed our physical'

Last time I looked, Irsay owns the team. Not Manning. Irsay can do or say whatever the heck he wants. We can all like it or lump it! FACT.

Since: Jan 14, 2007
Posted on: February 3, 2012 12:33 pm

Irsay: 'Peyton has not passed our physical'

has anyone seen a good photo of peyton's head & neck lately?? i mean, something just doesn't look right. his head looks misshapen and his neck looks like it abnormally projects forward. something looks weird. if he plays football again, riddell better come up with a herman munster helmet or something to protect him. no way the colts pay $28MIL bonus unless ALL the docs clear him to play. i can't see it happening.

as for peyton, 15 years, a lot of records (regular season), but only 1 super bowl win and a losing record in the playoffs. honestly i would have expected more for a player of this calibur where the organization spent all its resources surronding him with offensive talent (edgerrin james, marvin harrison, reggie wayne) and coaching staff. everything for the last 15 years was geared towards peyton. is 1 super bowl enough? hell, the "experts" say peyton is better than eli, yet eli may win a 2nd super bowl with less talent around him than peyton had for all those years.

mr. irsay, if you're reading this. time to move on. start rebuilding and hopefully you can win more than 1 super bowl the next 15 years with Luck as your QB. stop all the public bickering with peyton as it is a public relations battle you can't win. if you can't talk him into retiring with the colts as a coach or vice president, then cut him loose at your earliest convenience and let him take his chances with the dolphins or browns.

Since: Dec 22, 2011
Posted on: February 3, 2012 12:23 pm

Irsay: 'Peyton has not passed our physical'

Hoo rally cares if a guy kan spell or knot! Man!

Since: Oct 5, 2006
Posted on: February 3, 2012 12:20 pm

Irsay: 'Peyton has not passed our physical'

This is a very simple scenario.

Peyton has never been dishonest to anyone's knowledge.  So why doubt him now?  He's been nothing but classy.

Irsay wants the fans to believe that Peyton isn't healthy; so he can avoid the $28 million bonus and move in a new direction.  He wants the "buy in" from his fans, cause he realizes the staple Peyton is in Indy (as has earned through his play and persona).

Irsay claims it isn't about money and only about if Peyton can play.  Obviously, he lied.  And he is now getting caught in his lie.

Peyton understands Irsay has no true interest in re-signing him.  So he realized he needs to make it known he can play so that other teams will generate interest near March 8th, when Colts let Peyton go.  I know Irsay will say Peyton fails his physical...even if he doesn't.  Sorta like when Haynesworth failed his physical by Redskins.  Just an excuse cause they fear the fans will not support their decisions and in turn, not line their pockets with cash.

This is the classic case of why players are not what "media" likes to say, "loyal".  Business owners aren't loyal either.  It is all a business. But the owners will lie cause they don't want to lose fans.  They realize it is a players league everywhere.  Players...they just say, "I want to play here".  For me, I respect the players far more than any owner.

I know Peyton has many times re-structured his contract to get paid "later".  And now, he won't get paid later by Colts.  I don't mind the Colts moving in a new direction.  But Irsay has gotta grow come grapes and say it.  Don't try and make Peyton out to look bad.  He'll beat you.  Period.  It is a losing battle.  Irsay, I wonder if he is too dumb to figure it out.

I wish the best for Peyton.  Plenty of teams will sign him because the doctors cleared him to play.  With his talent, that will be enough.  And there are tons of teams with more talent that the Peyton should have a heck of a year.

Screw the Colts.  I'll follow Peyton.

Since: Feb 3, 2012
Posted on: February 3, 2012 12:16 pm

Irsay: 'Peyton has not passed our physical'

Sometimes I worry about Irsay. If there was ever a time to just 'let it go' it was now. Him and his twitter account !! The doctors "clearance" was a non-event around the NFL (since everyone knows Peyton still needs to demonstrate the arm still works) until Irsay pops off on twitter and turns it into a new pissing match. There's no way to muzzle the owner I guess, unless he actually listens to his PR department.

Since: Feb 3, 2012
Posted on: February 3, 2012 12:14 pm

Irsay: 'Peyton has not passed our physical'

I thought that the report said that Payton was cleared to play football by the surgeon and the Colt's neurosergeon. This does not say anything about his arm strength or his ability or lack of ability to return to pre-surgery physical levels but it might indicate that he has no greater risk of football injury than any player.

Since: Dec 6, 2011
Posted on: February 3, 2012 12:10 pm

Irsay: 'Peyton has not passed our physical'

Hey there Cool, I agree with Mr. Amateur! Wink

Your spelling needs a tad of work. Here are the additional words that stand correction by your SPELL-CHECKER. I would recommend that if you are going to publicly post, you use you spell check functionality provided by your Computers software. Those words are: "anouncment" = "announcement”; "cant" = "can't" (how about "caint"??); "phisical" = "physical"; "intrige" - "intrigue". LaughingThe SARGE…

Since: Jul 21, 2007
Posted on: February 3, 2012 11:38 am

Irsay: 'Peyton has not passed our physical'

I can understand Manning wanting to play, but I can't understand pushing this idea that he is capable of playing so he can scoop up an extra $28 mil. Course if there's nothing in the contract that says he must be certified healthy to play and receive the money, this might just be a delay tactic to get the Colts to cough up the cash. If it is, I've lost all respect in Manning the person. That's a big if though. I'd like to think if he can't play, and doctors tell him he could end up in a wheelchair or be killed on the field, that he would walk away from the big paycheck and let Indy use the money to build on his legacy. Afterall, does he really need the loot?

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