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Irsay backtracks on out-for-season statement about Manning

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September 26, 2011
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Peyton Manning has an outside chance of returning in December, Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay said on Twitter after local media quoted him saying Monday morning that the injured All-Pro NFL quarterback would be out for the season.

The team also issued a statement saying that Manning’s status hasn’t changed. He had surgery Sept. 8 to fuse bones in his neck and is out indefinitely.

Local media outlets reported that Irsay, speaking Monday morning at a breakfast for Super Bowl donors, said that Manning would practice in December though the team is focusing on his availability for the 2012 National Football League season.

Irsay later posted on Twitter: “I didn’t say Peyton out 4season FOR SURE, keeping him on ActiveRoster n taking it month by month/Outside chance of return n December.”

Avis Roper, a spokesman for the Colts, said Manning’s status hasn’t changed since the team’s last statement following his surgery, which stated that there was no estimation of a return date for the four-time league Most Valuable Player and that he would remain on the team’s active roster “until we have a clearer picture of his recovery process.”

“He is in the process of healing and rehabbing from his recent surgery,” Roper said in an e-mail. “The team will inform everyone when that status changes.”

The Colts fell to 0-3 last night in Manning’s absence, losing 23-20 at home to the Pittsburgh Steelers as backup quarterback Kerry Collins left the game with concussion symptoms. Collins was replaced by Curtis Painter, who fumbled a ball that Troy Polamalu returned for a score. Painter also led a 10-play, 80-yard scoring drive in the fourth quarter.

Manning, 35, a five-time first-team All-Pro, had never missed a game before in 13 NFL seasons.

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  • liar be quiet.
    Irsay needs to shut up but he cant. He needs to stop talking about Peytons injury but he cant. The time to talk was May when he and Peytons handlers knew how bad his neck was and that he has a snow balls chance in playing game one. The time to talk was before the season ticket sells started to finalize and people may want to spend their money on something else besides Colts tickets. The time to talk was before the TV schedule was made and the Colts received 5 prime time football games from the network. The time to talk was before the ink was dry on the contract and Irsay could not put Peyton on the PUP or IR list because his contract had a bonus in it week 2. And now he wants to leak the truth but he cant because he wants a few fools to buy a few more seats in December. And I am a Irsay fan but Please Mr. Irsay. Put down the tweets unless its about you poor choice of Kerry Collins, or your the inability of two well paid QB's to hit a outside seam route to our receivers or how bout a tweet about keeping Donald Brown on the roster instead of Darren Evans or tweet about your bad 1-3 rounds or picks over the last 4 years. Unless you can do that put down your smart phone, write cks and be a fan. And I am a Irsay fan. I think he is a good owner but he's pushing it.
  • Painter
    Painter fumbled the ball because once again they did not protect their QB in the pocket... he did a great job, and will only get better if he is allowed to continue to play. Manning is done..don't see him returning with fused bones. Time to go home to N'allins
  • No way he plays this year
    I only see once scenario of Manning playing and that is if the colts make the playoffs and whoever the quarterback is gets injured.

    If colts make the playoffs then they will have been playing very well with...lets say Painter (but it doesn't matter really). Why mess with success with a recovering Manning that probably needs some time to get back up to speed anyway? Of course if whatever QB got them into the playoffs went down with an injury, and Manning could go, fine...But at 0-3 and the offense still looking anemic, I don't see this scenario ever happening anyway.

    No way does anyone want Manning playing in a lost season with a high draft pick at sake. Just take the whole off-season to recover fully.
  • He sounds like....
    a politician?
  • Irsay
    He just likes seeing his name in the headlines, and this is the only way he can accomplish that.
  • The problem with Twitter is
    it's not good for anything but riling people up. Not the first time Irsay's tweeted when he should have retreated!
  • Clean Up Isle Irsay
    Guess the media strategy of dragging the rumor of his star quarterback coming back in and saving the season has no credibility now.

    His media relations and player contract folks must be going nuts.

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