On Thursday, Colts owner Jim Irsay told NFL Network he couldn’t foresee a scenario in which Manning would play anywhere but Indianapolis unless he can’t play at all.
Manning his missed the entire season and has not participated in full team practices since having the third and most invasive surgery on his neck Sept. 8.
“I think the situation is if he’s back and he’s healthy, I see him coming back and playing here,” Irsay said in a 10-minute interview before the game with Houston began. “I think the hope is that his health is in the position where he could return again. That remains uncertain and that’s something that’s first and foremost on my mind.”
BROWNS: Quarterback Colt McCoy hasn’t completely recovered from the concussion he sustained two weeks ago on a head shot from Pittsburgh’s James Harrison.
McCoy was flattened on an illegal hit by Harrison on Dec. 8. He hasn’t practiced since and Thursday, McCoy was sent home after doing “a little physical activity,” coach Pat Shurmur said.
McCoy will not travel with the team to Baltimore for Saturday’s game.
RAVENS: Wide receiver Anquan Boldin had surgery on his knee to deal with slightly torn cartilage.
Coach John Harbaugh said the veteran wideout will miss the final two weeks of the regular season and be able to return for the playoffs. The Ravens did not reveal which knee is injured.
JETS: Darrelle Revis thinks it’s funny that Giants wide receiver Victor Cruz says teams no longer fear the New York cornerback.
“I mean, I’m not a monster,” Revis said with a chuckle. “So why would anybody be scared?”
On Wednesday, Cruz told reporters that Revis has to “earn his money this year” and that teams “aren’t really backing down” from the All-Pro cornerback. Revis, when asked about the comments, said he didn’t want to get into a back-and-forth discussion with Cruz, but added: “I don’t even know who this guy is.”
CHIEFS: The endorsements for Romeo Crennel to get Kansas City’s full-time job keep coming.
Offensive coordinator Bill Muir offered unsolicited support of Crennel on Thursday, one day after star linebacker Tamba Hali said he’d like to see the Chiefs’ defense coordinator and current interim coach get the job on a permanent basis.
DOLPHINS: Tight end Anthony Fasano is questionable for Saturday’s game at New England because of a low-grade concussion.
COURTS: Jamal Lewis, Dorsey Levens and two other former NFL players have sued the league over brain injuries that they say left them struggling with medical problems years after their playing days ended.
Lewis and Levens, along with Fulton Kuykendall and Ryan Stewart, filed the lawsuit against the National Football League and NFL Properties LLC this week in U.S. District Court in Atlanta.