Manning likely out for year, Colts' owner says
Peyton Manning watches the Colts' preseason game against the Washington Redskins in August.
September 26th, 2011
11:51 AM ET

Manning likely out for year, Colts' owner says

The owner of the Indianapolis Colts confirmed on Monday morning what most NFL fans expected  star quarterback Peyton Manning is unlikely to play again this season.

But Jim Irsay said he expects Manning back for the 2012 season.

"Peyton should be back. He had the neck fusion, it went well. The biggest thing is to get the regeneration back in the nerve in his throwing arm. We feel that it will. My anticipation is he can come back, probably 2012," Irsay said in a breakfast meeting with Super Bowl organizers and NFL commissioner Roger Goodell, according to CNN affiliate WTHR-TV. "I don't see him coming back this year. It's possible he could practice in December. We'll see. I think he can come back and finish off a great career here."

In a later Twitter post, Irsay said the Colts would keep Manning on the active roster, and that there is an "outside chance" Manning could return in December.

Without Manning, the Colts have been winless this season, dropping games to Houston and Cleveland and then to the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday night, 23-20.

Manning had surgery for a neck injury earlier this month, forcing him from the lineup for the first time in his 13-year NFL career.

In July, the Colts signed Manning, a four-time MVP, to a five-year, $90-million contract extension.

Kerry Collins has replaced Manning as the Colts quarterback.

Colts coach Jim Caldwell may have more information at a press conference later today.

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soundoff (9 Responses)
  1. leeintulsa

    Sucks to be him. Doin' the brady shuffle.. Hope his backup is as good.. Well, fair.. As cassle was.

    September 26, 2011 at 12:22 pm | Report abuse |
  2. gung hoe

    Aww poor Indy fans Now you people can feel what its like to cheer for a losing team ,Hope you dont have to many fair weather fans

    September 26, 2011 at 12:28 pm | Report abuse |
  3. gung hoe

    Hey lee say recover

    September 26, 2011 at 12:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • leeintulsa

      Recover? I'm a pats fan – he can take all the time he needs. Maybe he'll come back bionic like brady did.. ;)

      September 26, 2011 at 3:45 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Anomic Office Drone

    People who know about neck surgery have been saying this from the first moment anyone knew about the surgery. Just like he come back in after the first few weeks, he will not be practicing in December. See you in 2012, Payton.

    September 26, 2011 at 2:12 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Jj

    dam they need him back bad! they had to use their third string qb last night and he sucked ass!!

    September 26, 2011 at 2:52 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Touchdown!

    I would make him sit out the remaining of the season, better shot at getting Andrew Luck!

    September 26, 2011 at 4:33 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Touchdown!

    Of course after he sits and learns from the King of Qb's!

    September 26, 2011 at 4:34 pm | Report abuse |
  8. bobcat2u.

    The man just signed a super multi million dollar contract, and now he sits on the bench for the entire season. Don't you realize just how sad that makes him. Poor, poor Peyton.

    September 26, 2011 at 7:19 pm | Report abuse |