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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: Aug 7, 2007
Posted on: February 3, 2012 5:33 am

Irsay: 'Peyton has not passed our physical'

Regardless if Peyton Manning is able to toss a nerf ball to Austin Collie, the fact remains that the 2012 Colts will be almost unrecognizeable compared to the 2010 Manning-led Colts.

Adrew Luck is the new Franchise QB, his support system will be his, the skill players with be drafted to fit him and the team's new philosophy.

The only thing missing will be Peyton Manning. His time as a Colts is through and for the sake of his health and his family, I hope his time in football is through as well.

I'm sure going to miss him as a player, though. He was always fun to watch and would always do amazing things out on the field.

Since: Oct 30, 2007
Posted on: February 3, 2012 5:32 am

RE: Irsay: 'Peyton has not passed our physical'

Oh Jimmy Eye... you're sure like your daddy now, eh? Letting you're ego get ahead of you. You want to proove that it was indeed you and not Peyton Manning who built the Indianapolis Colts. You fire Bill Pollian. You clean house and admittingly bring in some solid coaches (your GM however seems less likely solid). and now you play games with #18.

Remember when the last QB who was as good as John Elway came into the league? An Irsay and an Irsay… 

Since: Aug 7, 2007
Posted on: February 3, 2012 4:40 am

Irsay: 'Peyton has not passed our physical'

Mr. Brinson is speaking out of hearsay and ignorance. What, is he reading gossip columns to get his information. Quoting "a report"? A report from who, Walter Cronkite? Howard Cosell? How about getting off of the gossip bandwagon and actually doing some reporting? Time alone will tell what will happen to Peyton and Irsay. We won't know much of anything until the first week of March. I am for waiting, then you can report on whatever happens.

Since: Aug 18, 2007
Posted on: February 3, 2012 4:33 am

Irsay: 'Peyton has not passed our physical'

Irsay seems to be a little bitch. Gets pissed when Manning makes certain comments to the media, which in my eyes was only the truth, lets him know that things should stay within the organization and not be broadcast to the world and then turns around like a whiny kid and tweets everything on his mind to the world? This guy was handed the team by his family, hasn't ever had a real job and seems to me will backstab anyone in his way. If he looks like a rat and he smells like a rat, he must be a f$#!ing rat!!

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