Thursday’s roundup: Irsay says Pagano stays put for now

Associated Press

Indianapolis — Colts owner Jim Irsay says he has not made any decision about who will be in charge of his team next year.

Shortly after ESPN reported Thursday team officials planned to fire coach Chuck Pagano on Monday, Irsay issued a one-sentence statement.

“As of today, no decision has been made with respect to any structural changes within the Colts organization for 2016 and beyond,” Irsay said.

It might not take him long to go public with that decision following the regular-season finale Sunday against Tennessee.

Speculation has swirled for months around Pagano, who declined to take a one-year extension last offseason before his contract expires at the end of this season.

And there have rumors of a rift between Pagano and general manager Ryan Grigson all season, too.

Grigson has one year left on his original contract.

Indianapolis (7-8) was expected to be a Super Bowl contender this season. But poor play, bad decisions and a rash of quarterback injuries sabotaged everything.

If injured backup Matt Hasselbeck can’t play Sunday, Pagano said Josh Freeman and Ryan Lindley will battle for the job.

Both were signed Tuesday because Andrew Luck, Hasselbeck and Charlie Whitehurst are all injured.

The playoff picture for Indianapolis is quite complicated, but the Colts can still make it with a victory over the Titans and a Texans loss, and if the results of seven other games fall in line — wins by the Bills, Dolphins, Falcons, Ravens, Broncos, Raiders and Steelers.

It’s a long list, and nearly all of it is out of Indianapolis’ control.

Extra points

Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel has been officially ruled out of the season finale with a concussion.

Coach Mike Pettine said Manziel’s season is over after he was entered into the league’s protocol on head injuries a day earlier.

Manziel sustained his concussion last weekend.

Austin Davis will start in place of Manziel.

... Pat Shurmur has spent every game in the coaching booth since he returned to the Eagles as offensive coordinator in 2013. On Sunday, Shurmur will be on the sideline.

As in the interim coach, Shurmur will take over all of fired Chip Kelly’s duties, including the offensive play-calling, against the NFC East rival Giants.