Peyton Manning Injury: Season-Long Impact of Colts QB's Absence on Team and NFL

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Peyton Manning Injury: Season-Long Impact of Colts QB's Absence on Team and NFL
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The Indianapolis Colts’ Jim Irsay set the sports world on fire after he reportedly told Super Bowl donors that Peyton Manning would miss the entire 2011-12 NFL season.

Irsay went on to back off the rumors swirling around by tweeting, “I didn't say Peyton out 4season FOR SURE,keeping him on ActiveRoster n taking it month by month/Outside chance of return n December possible.”

While Manning’s injury has been no secret, his recovery timetable and potential return has long been disputed. However, with the Colts winless and trailing the rest of the league—let alone their division—by a significant margin, the chances of Manning returning for a meaningless season are slim to none.

So for the remainder of the 2011-12 NFL season, who is impacted by Manning’s absence?

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