Bill Polian says that Peyton Manning won't play in 2011

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Colts fans thought they might be able to have a double surprise on Sunday afternoon.

But Bill Polian put one of those hopes to bed quickly.

The Colts Vice Chairman announced after the team's 27-13 win over the Titans on Sunday that quarterback Peyton Manning won't play in 2011.

Poiian said that the decision to do so came after a Thursday meeting with doctors on the quarterback's condition. 

"With respect to that meeting it was determined by the doctors that there was no chance that he would play this year," said Polian, who read a five-minute statement to the media following the team's victory.

This comes after a report early Sunday from Fox Sports Jay Glazer that Manning had been thowing to running backs and wide receivers in pads and was contemplating returning for one of the Colts final two games.

Polian did confirm that Manning in pads had 30 throws and a few handoffs in pads on Wednesday with Joseph Addai, Anthony Gonzalez, and a practice squad receiver with Jeff Saturday handling the snaps. Polian said that he and head coach Jim Caldwell were at that workout.

"His throws were scripted at his request, meaning that he made specific throws with respect to the kinds of plays that we would run in a ballgame," said Polian of the workout.

Also during his five minute to the media, Polian did say that Manning still could return to full practice before the season finale against Jacksonville on January 1st.

"He may practice in some very circumscribed circumstances if he wishes," said Polian. "That's entirely up to him." 

After playing in every game during his 13-year NFL career, Manning was sidelined since the beginning of training camp after undergoing a neck fusion.

At the beginning of December, Manning said that the fusion had gone well and that he was progression well but a return to the field was still uncertain.

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