Report: Jim Irsay's absence shouldn't affect Colts' daily operations

Colts owner Jim Irsay on Tuesday checked himself into a rehab facility, a day after he was released from jail following his arrest for DWI and four preliminary counts of possession of a controlled substance.  

We probably won't know for some time what kind of punishment commissioner Roger Goodell will hand down, but for now, while Irsay is out of the pocket, the Indianapolis Star writes that the day-to-day operations of the team likely won't change much in his absence.

Instead of Irsay, his daughter, Carlie Irsay-Gordon, will take over operations. The Star writes that the business side of the franchise is run by a team of executives, and the football operations are managed by general manager Ryan Grigson.

Jim Irsay has checked himself into rehab. (USATSI)
Jim Irsay has checked himself into rehab. (USATSI)

More from the Star:

"It's likely the franchise can run seamlessly in his absence, both as a football team and business. While Irsay is intimately involved in both areas of the franchise, the team -- like most in the NFL -- is structured in such a way that it can function without him ... Free-agent signings are still being executed around the NFL, but [ESPN sports analyst Andrew] Brandt said the advance planning and discussion of offseason moves could mitigate any interruption caused by Irsay's absence. Potential targets and spending would have been discussed ahead of time with Irsay likely being a party to those conversations."

Unlike an owner like Dallas' Jerry Jones or his own father (Bob Irsay, who owned the Colts organization before he died and passed it along to his son), Irsay is thought not to meddle in player-personnel decisions. 

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