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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: Dec 14, 2006
Posted on: February 3, 2012 9:52 am

Irsay: 'Peyton has not passed our physical'

IMHO: Very big Giants fan, but this situation is almost as big as the superbowl. Peyton Manning is not going to play for the Colts next season and Mr. Irsay has to try and appease his fanbase. A lot of money has been invested in Peyton Manning with huge dividends. most breakups are bloody no matter what promises are made for an painless split. Nobody wants to be the villian. We know the difference Peyton can make to another team if he is healthy. That makes this situation big.

Since: Aug 24, 2006
Posted on: February 3, 2012 9:48 am

Irsay: 'Peyton has not passed our physical'

That f'n suit tells me all I need to know about Irsay. Also it's nice to hear something besides "day by day" coming out of Indy this week.

Since: Sep 27, 2006
Posted on: February 3, 2012 9:47 am

Irsay: 'Peyton has not passed our physical'

We all know what Peyton Manning has meant to the Indianapolis franchise but by the nature of his injury, he is one play away from disaster.
but to paraphrase a quote from Moneyball, "Whether you're 20 or 40, at some point we're all told you can't play the game any more." Unfortunately that time has come for Manning. 

Manning's recovery has been slow and guarded and at no point since his neck injury or during his rehabilitation has any member of a medical staff come forward to say unequivocally that Manning's recovery would ensure he is no more at risk of complications than someone who had not sustained the same injury. We all know what Peyton Manning has meant to the Indianapolis franchise but by the nature of his injury, he is one play away from disaster. Irsay knows it and even though he still has it in his heart to play, Manning knows it too.

Irsay would be smart to hold on to his money and out of respect for Manning release him and let Peyton decide what he wants to do.

Since: Jul 27, 2010
Posted on: February 3, 2012 9:47 am

Irsay: 'Peyton has not passed our physical'

Don't worry Peyton. Who the heck wants to live in Indy any way. You are going to look just fine in Dolphins Aqua & Orange.  Look!! Brandon Marshall is open on the out route. it's going to be nice.

Since: Dec 31, 2007
Posted on: February 3, 2012 9:42 am

Irsay: 'Peyton has not passed our physical'

tired of this p. manning crap, it's super bowl time

Since: Feb 3, 2012
Posted on: February 3, 2012 9:41 am

Irsay: 'Peyton has not passed our physical'

Im not some huge Colts fan, but I am a big Manning fan.  I believe he may be the greatest qb of all time. But I also believe business wise, even if he is healthy, you have the number one pick and can get Luck, that you have to let Manning go.  The only battle is how Irsay feels for Manning for all hes done for him, but you cant pay him the $28 MILL.  There is way too much that the team needs.  Manning is not the only older guy on the team, its time to rebuild around Luck!!!

Since: Nov 14, 2006
Posted on: February 3, 2012 9:39 am

Irsay: 'Peyton has not passed our physical'

I like Manning and all but he did sign a contract that has a $28 million dollar roster bonus which he knew posed a risk if he ever got seriously injured.  He is now seriously injured... at least he was injured enough to miss all of last season.  If Manning cannot pass a physical is not in any condition to play, I don't see how Irsay and the Colts can pay the man $28 million bonus.

I just don't get all of the people who are saying Irsay is cheap or should be ashamed of himself for not rewarding Manning for his hard work.  Manning has been paid millions and millions of dollars from the Colts and is set for life.  If Manning wanted to get paid for his past performance, he should have negotiated a deal that paid him more last year instead of agreeing to a huge "baloon payment."  Manning didn't play a snap for the Colts last year and made a ton of money.  Isn't that a reward?  It is not like the $28 million the Colts will save by not paying Manning will go to Irsay, it will be used to pay other players so the Colts will still shell out a similar payroll with or without Manning.

If Manning passes the physical and the Colts can count on him to start next year over luck, then he should be kept and collect his bonus.  If he can't pass it or if the Colts think he has lost his arm strength, they should let him go and spend the $28 million on other players.  Some of the Colts fans need to take a step back from their emotions.  Why would anyone pay $28 million to someone who is not healthy enough to pass a physical? 

Since: Aug 16, 2006
Posted on: February 3, 2012 9:36 am

Irsay: 'Peyton has not passed our physical'

How much did Manning get paid last year?
No kidding.  They didn't put him on IR and paid him like $28 million, knowing he would probably never step on the field. 

Since: Sep 11, 2008
Posted on: February 3, 2012 9:32 am

Irsay: 'Peyton has not passed our physical'

I hope his career is done....tired of hearing about him.....time to move on. 

Since: Nov 20, 2008
Posted on: February 3, 2012 9:28 am

Irsay: 'Peyton has not passed our physical'

Brett Manning is starting to look a little pathetic. Dude has some serious neck and vertabrae problems that  will affect his quality of life for the rest of that life and he is whining like a little girl who's daddy won't buy her soft pretzel at the mall because the owner doesn't want to hand him another 28 million as a retirement pillow. This is always business until it's the players who have realize the gravy train has left the station. Brett shouldn't worry though, as I am sure one his "personal" medical team will convince that idiot in Miami to ante up $40 - $50 million to empty even more sections of the stadium.    

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