Colts’ Irsay doesn’t expect Peyton back

Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay is confirming what most have long suspected: Peyton Manning probably won’t take a snap this season.

Irsay told Indy television station WRTV on Thursday that he ”doesn’t see” even a glimmer of hope of getting No. 18 back on the field this year. Irsay declined an interview request from The Associated Press on Thursday.

It’s no surprise. Manning hasn’t even thrown with teammates since having neck surgery Sept. 8 and with only four games left and the quarterback just now able to ramp up his rehab regimen, it was highly unlikely Manning could play before the season ends Jan. 1 at Jacksonville.

Without Manning, the Colts have sunk to 0-12.

But Manning’s doctors say he is progressing, and Manning has said his neck is stable.