Colts owner Jim Irsay has stirred up a hornet's nest of speculation with one of his latest tweets:
"NFL Season opens 2nite!We had a good practice yesterday and r guys r fired up 4 the season.#18's out for awhile,but compete,we will/BELIEVE."
The hope was of course that Peyton would only miss this week; next week at the most (let's be honest; Curtis Painter could beat the Browns), but when Irsay said "awhile" that leaves when Peyton will return up to interpretation.
I will not bother with printing the definition of the word. I think anyone that is capable of reading this and able to get on the internet knows that people use that word when they have no idea what sort of time frame they are looking at. They just know that it isn't going to be anytime soon.
Irsay had another tweet recently that refuted a local radio host's claim that Peyton has already had another surgery and is out for the year. However, a comment that SI's Peter King made when he looked into the report makes it appear as if "awhile" could mean "a long while."
“Peyton Manning has not had a procedure on his neck, I am told reliably,” King wrote on Twitter. “Manning could have a procedure. He and team still investigating options. But it has not happened yet.”
In a word-- not good (okay, two words).