Indianapolis Colts: Owner Says Peyton Manning "Has Not Passed Our Physical"

Matt HopkinsContributor IIFebruary 3, 2012

INDIANAPOLIS, IN - DECEMBER 22:  Peyton Manning  #18 of the Indianapolis Colts celebrates after the final play of the Colts 19-16 victory over the Houston Texans in the NFL at Lucas Oil Stadium at Lucas Oil Stadium on December 22, 2011 in Indianapolis, Indiana.  (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
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The saga of Peyton Manning looks like it's about to get a whole lot more complicated.

Early Friday morning, Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay told his Twitter followers that quarterback Peyton Manning "has not passed [the Colts'] physical nor has he been cleared to play for T\the Indianapolis Colts."

He went on to say that "[a] team statement [will be] coming on Friday."

Irsay's announcement comes less than a day after Peyton Manning was cleared by two separate doctors, including Indianapolis' neurosurgeon Dr. Hank Feuer, to resume his NFL career.

Manning had missed the entirety of the 2011-2012 NFL season after requiring multiple neck surgeries throughout last year.

A source that is familiar with Manning's medical review reportedly told ESPN that "It's not a safety issue; it's a performance issue."

This is hardly the first troubling sign between the 14-year veteran and his team's front office; for months, it has been theorized that the team plans to draft former Stanford quarterback Andrew Luck with its first overall pick in the 2012 NFL draft.

Irsay's comments could be taken as a sign that the Colts intend to cut or trade Manning before then, rather than engage in a two-quarterback situation similar to the one Brett Favre and Aaron Rodgers saw in Green Bay.

The story is still developing, but the rift between the Future Hall of Famer and the only team he has ever known certainly seems to be growing.