Irsay: Manning Decision Won't Be Made Until March

Owner Says No New Update On Manning's Health

Colts owner Jim Irsay said he plans to meet with Peyton Manning next week, but the decision concerning the star quarterback's future won't be made until at least March.

Despite a report that Manning's recovery isn't going well, Irsay said there is no new update on his condition or the likeliness that he'll play again.

"It's a serious medical thing," Irsay said. "You just haven't seen this in an NFL quarterback at all, and when you try to consult doctors, literally worldwide, in terms of what are the expectations, what are the dangers, the risks, the aspects of coming back from it, no one can give you a definitive answer."

Irsay told reporters he'd seen Manning throw, but wouldn't comment when asked if the velocity matched that of his pre-neck surgery status.

"Can he return to play at a really high level? Can he drill it in Foxborough in January when it's 10 degrees outside?" Irsay said.

As part of its current contract with Manning, the Colts are due to pay the quarterback a $28 million bonus on March 8 if he is retained, but they have the option not to keep him.

Irsay said he and Manning would meet to discuss the situation. He said it's possible the date could be pushed back if both sides agreed.

"Anything's possible if two parties choose to get together, him and I, and do that," Irsay said. "I don't think that's something that's an impossibility by any stretch."

In an interview with ESPN that aired Tuesday afternoon, Manning said he's doing well in rehab and expects to be cleared to play.

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