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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 16, 2006
Posted on: February 3, 2012 8:20 am

Irsay: 'Peyton has not passed our physical'


Since: Dec 16, 2006
Posted on: February 3, 2012 8:17 am

Irsay: 'Peyton has not passed our physical'

Players have rules they have to foolow about tweeting, cant tweet during team meetings, during press events , and during games. Some organizations have rules about tweet content. Its amazing that Irsay can use twitter as his own little personal media outlet so air team business. He slams players, staff, and just about anybody else as long as his name makes the headlines. Is it that he is just that unprofessional of an owner or is he just pissed that the Super Bowl is in Indy and he isnt in it (see Jerry Jones) and his ego wants to steal the spotlight? Whatever the reason this will secure his ranking as one of the most classless owners in the NFL.

Since: Oct 20, 2010
Posted on: February 3, 2012 8:14 am

Irsay: 'Peyton has not passed our physical'

Actually if they dont pay him his roster bonus of 28 million he will become a free agent so how are the colts responsible for the rest of what money?

Since: Aug 20, 2007
Posted on: February 3, 2012 8:11 am

Irsay: 'Peyton has not passed our physical'

Irsay is an idiot. Why treat Peyton this way. They best pay him the 28 mill or get ready to be horrible for about ten years. ----------------------- Overreact much? That's not even his salary - that's his roster bonus. You still have to pay him his salary on top of that. If he comes back, this season, 100% healthy, he's got, what... 3-4 years left, tops? With that roster bonus, he'd cost the Colts about $75-80M over the next 3 years..for what? To train his replacement? If there was a rookie salary cap in place like in the NBA, it would make sense. when they're going to wind up giving Luck a huge contract after draft day, there's no room for that kind of money x2. I don't see how your math adds up to ten years of misery - nevermind, I do.. With the passing of Al Davis, your team has the worst owner in the NFL.. You've had experience being horrible for longer than that.

Since: Jul 26, 2009
Posted on: February 3, 2012 8:11 am

Irsay: 'Peyton has not passed our physical'

Well this looks as if Irsay has no intentions of giving Peyton Manning the 28 Million bonus next month.  The only way I see that happening is if they make an adjustment to the original agreement in case he doesn't play a certain amount of games or if he can't play afterall.  But I also thought that teams had insurance policies on these matters?

Since: Jun 25, 2009
Posted on: February 3, 2012 8:03 am

Irsay: 'Peyton has not passed our physical'

Let me see if I can understand this......with Manning starting the Colts had one of the best winning percentages in the league over a 5 year span, one of the highest scoring teams over that span, playoff appearances, 2 SBs and a Championships.  The entire team is set up to play with this guy.  They don't sign run-stopper DLs because teams are always playing from behind, therefore they have to throw the ball most of the time.  Due to that, they have Dwight and Mathis as DEs and spends tons of money on pash rushers.  With Payton not playing ONE SEASON this team goes from a 10-13 win team to a 2 win team whereas nobody really thought they would win ONE game this season.  ONE GUY.  Manning should be MVP of the league.  You take ONE guy out of the line up and you suck. 

With all of that being said, THIS is how you show your love/loyalty to him?  What were the Colts before 1998?  The laughingstock of the NFL.  Pay that man his money, let him retire a Colt, and let Luck mature under him for a year or two.  This is so stupid is not even funny anymore.

Since: Aug 10, 2011
Posted on: February 3, 2012 8:02 am

Irsay: 'Peyton has not passed our physical'

The Colts are crazy if they don't want Peyton Manning back.  He'll come back as an immediate top 5 quarterback.  I still think they draft Luck, and if Luck is as smart and good as we all think he is, he'll study under Peyton and become an elite quarterback as well once he gets his shot. 

Since: Jan 7, 2007
Posted on: February 3, 2012 8:00 am

Irsay: 'Peyton has not passed our physical'

Irsay is a piece of crap.  He deserves to have his entire team implode.  If I were Andrew Luck I would be keeping a journal on how Irsay has been treating Manning during this episode.  I would keep it very fresh in my mind.

Since: Oct 19, 2007
Posted on: February 3, 2012 7:57 am

Irsay: 'Peyton has not passed our physical'

Well this certainly makes it seems like the Colts and Irsay what nothing more to do with Peyton Manning and want to put all their eggs in the Andrew Luck basket.  I understand there "caution" with Mannings injury and all because it is a serious one but if he has been cleared by the doctors (supposidly), then why are they stating he isn't cleared.  The only conclusion I come up with is that Peyton is done in Indy.

Since: Aug 19, 2011
Posted on: February 3, 2012 7:50 am

Irsay: 'Peyton has not passed our physical'

Irsay is an idiot. Stop tweeting like a teeneage girl you dumb trust fund baby douche! I hope Peyton leaves drunk Irsay, goes on to win a SB and the Colts go 2-14 for the next 5 years!  He's super-rich and is treating, probably the most important player in Colts history like garbage.  

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