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Irsay calls Peyton Manning a “politician”

Colts Camp Football

Indianapolis Colts quarterback Peyton Manning, left, president Bill Polian and owner Jim Irsay, right, chat after talking with reporters about signing Manning to a five-year contract, as the NFL football team reported to training camp Sunday, July 31, 2011, in Anderson, Ind. (AP Photo/Alan Petersime)


The relationship between Peyton Manning and the Colts is getting ugly fast.

Colts owner Jim Irsay is not happy about Peyton Manning’s recent comments to Bob Kravitz of the Indianapolis Star. So Irsay has responded by talking to Kravitz and others after the press conference introducing coach Chuck Pagano.

“Keep it in house,” Irsay said.

Irsay also called Manning a “politician.” As Kravitz puts it, the situation is sadly “deteriorating.” Kravitz wrote something telling on Wednesday on Twitter: “When Jim Irsay said on Thurs nite football that Peyton would be a Colt if he’s healthy, think he KNEW PM wasn’t gonna be healthy.”

Manning’s health is the elephant in the room. Unfortunately, some of the tension between Manning and the Colts is getting out of the room.

This has been a defining week for Manning’s future. Until now, it was reasonable to envision the Colts trying to find a way to keep Manning.

Now it would be an upset if Manning remains with the team past March.