Colts Vice Chairman Bill Polian Discusses Manning Injury

Even the Polians are unsure when Manning will return. (Darron Cummings | AP Photo)

Colts Vice Chairman Bill Polian spoke with WISH TV’s Anthony Calhoun Monday night during the Bill Polian Show and shared some insight into Manning’s health and the status of his return to the football field.

It’s positive (outlook)… He is going to be back at some point. What we don’t know right now is what the results of the diagnostic tests are, what is the prognosis going forward. This is uncharted territory, but we do know that the nerve regeneration takes time and it just hasn’t healed yet. It will.

It’s frustrating for Peyton, certainly it’s a bit frustrating for us, but we recognized that the most important thing is that he heals up and he gets ready to go. It’s no sense having him out there in an impaired condition, so the bottom line is he’ll be back at some point. We don’t know when. We can’t predict when. But whenever it is, it will be good to have him back. In the meantime, Kerry [Collins] will hold the fort, and we’ll go from here.

The more people close to the Indianapolis Colts discuss Manning’s injury, the clearer it seems to become that the team does not expect the 4-time NFL MVP taking the field in Week 1. Moreover, the team sees the situation as potentially long-term. While none of this is necessarily news at this point, Polian’s statement put Collins as the sure-fire starter against Houston. Some interpretations have been more open to speculation — and Polian still says he and the team don’t know when Manning’s nerve could fully heal — but the Vice Chairman’s statements are pretty explicit that Colts fans should not expect to see Manning Week 1, and possibly not for a few weeks following.