Simms: Peyton Manning Will Not Let The Colts Draft Andrew Luck

Thursday October 27th, 2011

Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay has said that his team, currently 0-7 without injured All-Pro quarterback Peyton Manning, would consider drafting a first-round quarterback like Stanford's Andrew Luck in the 2012 NFL draft if the opportunity arose.

According Michael Hiestand, blogger for  USA Today's Game On! blog, former NFL QB Phil Simms -- speaking on Wednesday's episode of Inside The NFL on Showtime -- does not believe that Manning would allow that to happen.  Simms says, according to Hiestand, "there is no way if Peyton Manning is given a clean bill of health -- I'm going to go on that assumption -- that he is going to let them draft Andrew Luck."

Simms believes that even Manning, arguably the greatest quarterback of his generation, would see fans turn on him, and that coaches would find themselves pressured to start Luck over Manning.

The severity of Manning's neck injury is unclear; some reports indicate he could play this season, while others have mentioned the possibility that Manning's career is over.

Inside The NFL airs on Showtime at 9:00 p.m. ET.

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