Archie unsure if Peyton will be ready for 2012

Archie Manning said Monday that he doesn't know whether or not his son Peyton will be ready to return to football in 2012 or not.

Peyton Manning has had three neck surgeries in two years and missed all of the 2011 season with the Indianapolis Colts, who have to decide by March 8 whether or not to pick up the quarterback's $28 million roster bonus or cut him loose.

"I don't know," Archie Manning said of his son's prognosis for next season. "I think he's working real hard -- Peyton wants to play. He's got a good attitude about it. He's getting his health back, getting a little better. We'll just have to see what happens."

There has been plenty of change already for the Colts, who fired vice chairman Bill Polian and his son Chris, who was the general manager. The future of Coach Jim Caldwell is also up in the air, pending the hire of a new GM.

But the biggest decision lies in what to do with Manning as the Colts are poised to draft his successor in Stanford quarterback Andrew Luck in this April's draft.

If the Colts don't believe Manning can be ready to start the 2012 season, then that decision just got a whole lot easier for owner Jim Irsay.

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