It’s actually a little surprising there hasn’t been more concern this month about Peyton Manning’s surgically repaired neck.
He hasn’t practiced in camp and the Colts backup quarterbacks have taken turns looking inept in the preseason. Despite that, it took some odd tweets from Indianapolis owner Jim Irsay to really make the Colts fanbase start to worry.
Prepare for games without Manning? Find a new QB on Twitter? This doesn’t sound good.
The reality, according to Colts president Bill Polian, is that no one knows when Manning will return. That’s not a huge shock considering the unique nature of the injury.
"Bottom line, we truly do not know when he will be ready," Colts president Bill Polian told ESPN Saturday. "Once the nerves regenerate properly, he’ll be ready. When that happens, he’ll be ready to ramp up immediately. It’s impossible to predict."
It's not time to press the panic button yet, but you can bet the finger is getting much closer to the button. If you take Manning, make sure you have a capable backup who can start on a regular basis.