While the Colts’ vice chairman isn’t completely ruling out a late cameo appearance by the four-time MVP this season, he’s hoping Manning will be able to throw at the team’s complex before the season ends.
“I think it’s important for him to feel like, ‘Hey I’m back, I can do the things that are necessary to say I can play like I want to,’ ” Polian said Monday night on his weekly radio show. “The bottom line is he needs to feel good about being back and doing the things he wants to do.”
Manning has not practiced with his teammates much since January’s playoff loss to the New York Jets.
RAVENS: The NFL has overturned the $5,000 fine that Baltimore center Matt Birk received for removing a microphone he was wearing in a game against the New York Jets.
Birk’s agent, Joe Linta, confirmed Tuesday that the six-time Pro Bowl selection won his appeal of the fine.
NFL rules now require centers or guards to wear microphones on their pads, but Birk indicated that the listening device was uncomfortable to wear because it was touching his neck. So he took it off, and was fined.
The rule was passed this year as part of the new collective bargaining agreement.
Birk said he was unaware that he was not supposed to remove the microphone, even under those conditions.
RAIDERS: Oakland signed wide receiver T.J. Houshmandzadeh to a contract, reuniting him with his former quarterback Carson Palmer.
Palmer, who signed in mid-October, and Houshmandzadeh were teammates in Cincinnati for six seasons and both had their greatest NFL success when they were together.
Houshmandzadeh, 34, had been out of the league since playing with Baltimore last season but had been working out in Southern California with Palmer before the Raiders (4-3) acquired the quarterback last month..
PATRIOTS: Receiver Julian Edelman has been released on personal recognizance after a brief court appearance on a charge of indecent assault and battery on a woman.
A criminal complaint application filed Tuesday accuses the 25-year-old Edelman of groping a woman at a Boston nightclub.
Edelman and his attorney declined to comment after the hearing.
BEARS: Running back Matt Forte said the organization’s plan to apply the franchise tag after the season rather than sign him to the contract extension he had hoped for may guarantee he will remain a Bear through 2013, but it does not leave Forte with a feeling of loyalty from the team.
“I know I’m loyal to my teammates and my team are my guys, but it doesn’t seem like the organization is to me,” Forte said. “But that doesn’t keep me from going out on the field and putting my best out there.”
LIONS: Detroit’s star defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh, who has fined for late hits on quarterbacks, met with NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell and his staff Tuesday to clarify questions about his play and the game. Suh requested the bye-week session in New York at NFL headquarters