The Peyton Manning injury goes beyond the winless Indianapolis Colts.
In fact, his absence is being felt across the NFL.
From Stanford to New England, the entire country is being affected by the lack of seeing Manning on the field.
How does this injury affect Andrew Luck?
Why is Tom Brady actually being hurt when his biggest rival is sidelined?
Here are nine players (plus a team, division, and a company) that are being decimated because of the Peyton Manning injury.
Dallas Clark is an elite tight end in the NFL.
Unfortunately you wouldn't know it by his stats so far this year.
Trying to catch passes from Kerry Collins and Curtis Painter has hurt all of the Indianapolis Colts receivers, but Clark has had the fewest chances to do so.
He has been targeted just 34 times through eight games.
Averaging 27 yards receiving per game can make an outstanding player look almost pedestrian.
The New England Patriots are doing just fine this season.
Tom Brady, though, has to be rather upset about losing his rivalry with Peyton Manning.
This is a matchup both players look forward to every season and without it something is just missing.
Now Brady and the Patriots have to embarrass the Indianapolis Colts in the national spotlight on Week 13's edition of Sunday Night Football.
One can only imagine this game will be just as lopsided as the Colts recent Sunday night debacle against the New Orleans Saints.
The team player within Brady is happy, but the competitor has to miss Manning.
Reggie Wayne is averaging 60 receiving yards a game.
He is too good to be reduced to such average numbers.
This is Reggie Wayne! A perennial Pro Bowler with only one touchdown on the season.
Maybe he was spoiled with Peyton Manning throwing him the ball for the first 10 years of his career, but no one deserves to suffer through the Curtis Painter era.
Wayne is beyond decimated.
He is annihilated, eliminated, eradicated, extirpated, and any other "ated's" that exist in the English language.
The AFC South has become as forgettable as the NFC West.
Sure the Houston Texans have five wins, but does anyone really consider them a Super Bowl contender?
The Tennessee Titans are a pretender with a running back in Chris Johnson who took the money and forgot how to run.
Oh and apparently the Jacksonville Jaguars are still playing football.
With Manning this division had to be respected because the Indianapolis Colts were always a Super Bowl contender.
Now the AFC South is just laughable.
Cris Collinsworth is an absolutely polarizing announcer, but even his biggest detractors had to feel sympathy for him and Al Michael's during the Indianapolis Colts Week 7 matchup with the New Orleans Saints.
There are only so many ways to say that Curtis Painter is a young quarterback and that this team is struggling to find an identity without Peyton Manning.
We get it.
Most viewers likely tuned out long before the final whistle, but for those that stuck around they should commend Michaels and Collinsworth for not falling asleep themselves.
Now they just need to hope NBC uses their flex option to take the Colts game with the New England Patriots out of the prime time spotlight in Week 13.
Poor Jim Sorgi.
He backed up Peyton Manning for six years and never saw a single start.
So finally last year he decided to leave for greener pastures backing up a certain younger brother named Eli Manning and tore the capsule in his right shoulder.
Naturally this year Peyton finally gets hurt, and who do the Colts have to turn to?
Kerry Collins and Curtis Painter.
That was supposed to be Sorgi's moment. His chance to showcase his talent to the world.
Instead he is a free agent with a bum shoulder.
Poor Jim Sorgi.
Remember those hilarious MasterCard commercials with Peyton Manning?
Well they seem to have gone by the wayside since Manning went down with this neck injury.
I guess it's hard to keep up with endorsements when you can't suit up for your day job.
Either way, Manning was a main reason that the "Priceless" campaign was staying relevant.
Now those commercials are nowhere to be seen and that benefits no one.
Especially when the alternative is to watch Eli Manning endorse TV's.
Andrew Luck made the academically sound decision to return to the Stanford Cardinal for his senior season.
That is all fine and dandy, but now the Indianapolis Colts might have the first overall selection.
A player of Luck's caliber doesn't deserve to sit on the bench for the first couple years of his career, and that is exactly what would happen if the Colts draft him.
It would be impossible for the Colts to pass him up, but I doubt Peyton Manning is ready for the mentoring stage of his career.
He believes he still has many good years of football left in his body.
Years he does not want to spend mentoring the next face of the franchise.
Curtis Painter just can not catch a break.
It is the Indianapolis Colts front office's fault that there was no real contingency plan in place in case their star quarterback got hurt.
So when Peyton Manning finally did get injured they chose to take Kerry Collins off his couch instead of show any faith in backup Curtis Painter.
Once Collins subsequently got hurt they were forced to start Painter, and suddenly everything rode on his shoulders?
Sure this is the NFL and everybody needs to be ready to get in the game, but this is Curtis Painter we are talking about.
His 165 yards passing per game and the Colts zero wins only highlight the fact that the organization did not do enough to prepare him for this scenario.
The Miami Dolphins have their own problems to deal with.
Their starting quarterback is likely out for the year, their coach could be fired at any moment, and then there is the fact that they haven't won a game yet.
But even if they keep losing they aren't guaranteed the first overall pick because Peyton Manning had to go and get himself hurt.
Normally when a team is as bad as the Dolphins are they are rewarded with the top overall pick.
Sometimes they are even lucky enough to draft a franchise quarterback a la Andrew Luck.
Instead Miami might miss out on the highest rated quarterback in years, all because the Colts are even more incapable of winning games than they are.
Dallas Clark and Reggie Wayne have suffered exponentially without Peyton Manning, but nothing compares to what has happened to Austin Collie.
The Indianapolis Colts slot receiver was a frequently targeted weapon with Manning under center.
This season he has 139 yards receiving and zero touchdowns.
If fans didn't know better they might believe Collie was no longer even on the Colts roster.
At least Pierre Garcon is still finding ways to be productive catching passes from Painter.
He has four touchdowns on the season.
For the rest of Indy's receivers and Collie in particular, the end of the season must seem like a small light at the end of an extremely dark tunnel.
Sorry Jim Caldwell, but the honeymoon is clearly over in Indianapolis.
It must of been great to have Peyton Manning call his own plays, dominate opponents, and watch the wins pile up.
Now with Curtis Painter at the helm the head coach's mental fortitude has finally been tested.
How has he responded?
With eight consecutive losses to start the season.
Obviously Caldwell is not solely to blame for what has happened this year, but he has to be the top scape goat.
That is simply what you sign up for when you become an NFL head coach.