“On Thursday we met with the doctors, the rehabilitation folks, the strength and conditioning folks and our training staff, and in that meeting we outlined where Peyton was and where he might be expected to go in the future. With respect to that meeting it was determined by the doctors that there was no chance that he would play this year. His rehabilitation has not come far enough to make it prudent for him to step on the field in game action.
“He may practice in some very scripted and circumscribed circumstances if he wishes, that is entirely up to him. He will be thinking that through, and probably, I would suspect given the short week, that it probably is not an issue this coming week. But he will not play, either in the upcoming game on Thursday night or in the last game in Jacksonville. That decision was made last Thursday by the medical people.
“That is consistent with what Jim Irsay and I have said all year, so there is absolutely no change in our position. We have said that we kept him active in order for him to get back into practice, if that was possible, that was the reason for keeping him active. Jim (Caldwell) said as recently, I believe, as a couple of weeks ago, that he doubted very seriously if Peyton would play, and that was an appropriate judgment on his part.
“I hope that this puts this speculation to rest, and that we can correctly celebrate the great effort that our guys made and our coaches made this afternoon.”