Colts Release Official Statement On Peyton Manning’s Injury

The Colts have released a statement regarding Peyton Manning's continued rehab (or lack there of):

In response to a number of media inquiries, the Colts issue the following update on Peyton Manning’s status. During the last week, the rate of improvement in Peyton’s rehabilitation process slowed.   Over the weekend Peyton experienced soreness in his back.  It was originally thought to be a normal reaction to his rehabilitation regimen.  When the soreness persisted, the Colts medical team decided to initiate diagnostic tests and to consult with a number of specialists around the country who have been involved in Peyton’s case from the outset.  That process continues.  As a result of the most recent development the doctors have decided that Peyton will not practice. His participation therefore, in Sunday’s game versus Houston will likely be doubtful.  We will update his playing status as required by NFL policy as the week goes on. At the conclusion of the diagnostic process, if there are any new developments in the prognosis which we outlined for Peyton at the start of training camp we will report them.  As of now Peyton continues to deal with a complicated neurological recovery, the end date of which is unpredictable. As was stated at the outset, it serves no useful purpose to speculate about hypothetical outcomes.  When and if there are concrete medical facts to report we will do so. We appreciate your consideration in this matter.

My take on the statement:  We shouldn't speculate.  

As it stands right now, Peyton isn't ready to play football, and the Colts' training staff has no idea why he isn't.  How long will it be until Manning is ready to play?  Nobody knows at this point.  I'm guessing he suffered some sort of setback during practice this week, as he tried to compensate for a lack of strength in his throwing arm.  

The statement says that Manning is "doubtful" to play on Sunday against the Texans, but it seems there's virtually no chance that he plays, potentially for the first month of the regular season. Prepare for life without Peyton Manning.

Kyle J. Rodriguez

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A film and numbers guru, Kyle writes about the NFL and the Indianapolis Colts for Bleacher Report, Draft Mecca and The Football Educator, and is a co-founder and associate editor of Colts Authority. Kyle also is a high school sports reporter for the MLive Media Group in Michigan, covering high school sports across the state.