We here at The Landry Hat do not often comment on news outside of The Dallas Cowboys, but today’s revelation that All-Pro Quarterback Peyton Manning will likely miss the entire season with a neck injury is big news for all football lovers. Indianapolis Colts Team Owner Jim Irsey made the impromptu announcement at a breakfast meeting for Superbowl donors this morning. Indianapolis will host this season’s Superbowl. Later, Irsay clarified his statement on twitter:
@JimIrsay “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 possible”
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Either way, this is not good news for the Colts or the NFL. Manning is the league’s poster-boy as well as an elite quarterback. His absence and the Colts dismissal start to the season (0-3) highlight the importance of having him under center. The Colts brought in QB Kerry Collins to fill the void left by Manning. So far, Collins has been ineffective. I expect the Colts to soon turn the reigns over to back-up QB Curtis Painter or possibly bring in free agent QB David Garrard.
Since the offseason, Manning has had three surgeries to correct his neck issues. The latest operation was to correct a single-level anterior fusion in his upper spine. Manning has also traveled outside the country to receive a stem-cell treatment. He expected to be ready by the start of the season, but Manning’s rehabilitation was hindered by the NFL lockout and his inability to work with the Colt’s medical staff.
Irsay is said to be actively looking for Manning’s heir apparent. The most likely candidate is Standford’s QB Andrew Luck. but Irsay also believes Manning will play for the Colts for many more years. The two ideas seem to be conflicting, so I’m not sure which to believe. I just don’t see you sitting someone like Luck for four years or more. It just doesn’t make sense from a financial stand point.
But having Manning out for an entire season is just bad for the NFL. He is a legend and seeing the Colts suffer without him reminds me of our year’s struggling to replace Troy Aikman. It just proves one thing…it’s hard to replace a legend.