Peyton Manning is done for two to three months after having more neck surgery Thursday.
The Indianapolis Colts are done for the season.
They can use all that "next-man-up" talk all they want, but there is no replacing this man.
The Colts are the most quarterback-centric team in the NFL. The snake dies when the head is cut off.
The head is off -- at least for a while.
There is no saying how long Manning will be out. Neck injuries are tricky. They are potentially life-changing injuries. If I were Manning, I'd sit this one out.
What's the point?
The Colts will be done by the time he gets back.
That isn't to disrespect the players still on the field, or call out the front office like other have. It's just that when you lose a player like Manning, one so valuable to the team, there is no way to overcome it.
The Colts will be lucky to make it to six victories without Manning.
Kerry Collins can fill on for a game or two -- not 10-16.
But that's what happens when you have a great quarterback. He cures ills. He covers blemishes.
But when he's not around, those ills and blemishes are there for all to see.