INDIANAPOLIS — Jim Irsay is putting the Peyton Manning decision on hold.
The Colts owner said Wednesday he will monitor Manning's recovery from Sept. 8 neck surgery over the next month and may wait until the last possible moment to determine whether to pay the quarterback a $28 million roster bonus, redo the five-year contract he signed last summer or risk losing him as a free agent. A decision on the bonus must be made by March 8.
The issues are whether Manning will be able to play at a high level and what risks he might face, Irsay said. He said he will meet with Manning next week.
Also, new offensive coordinator Bruce Arians said he hopes Manning returns, though he believes the best way for a rookie to learn is by playing. Arians was Manning's first QB coach in the NFL. The Colts have the No. 1 overall draft pick in April. Irsay has said they will choose a QB.
bucs interviews: Steelers defensive assistant Jerry Olsavsky is interviewing for linebackers coach, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported. Olsavsky, who played with the Steelers from 1989-97, was in line for the same position on Pittsburgh coach Mike Tomlin's staff until linebackers coach Keith Butler turned down a chance to become the Colts' defensive coordinator. Also, Rutgers defensive coordinator Bob Fraser interviewed with the Bucs in Tampa, the Newark (N.J.) Star-Ledger reported.
pro bowl: Packers QB Aaron Rodgers blasted some NFC teammates' efforts in Sunday's game, won by the AFC 59-41. "I was just surprised that some of the guys either didn't want to play, or when they were in there didn't put any effort into it," he told Milwaukee's ESPN radio affiliate. He didn't name names.
chiefs: Offensive coordinator Bill Muir said he will retire after 34 years in the league. Muir spent seven seasons with the Bucs, where he won a Super Bowl as part of Jon Gruden's staff.
Dolphins: Linebacker Channing Crowder, who sat out this season, said he will make a comeback but not with the team that cut him in August. General manager Jeff Ireland "doesn't know what he's doing, in my opinion," said the former Gator, who retired after Miami cut him.
Steelers: Former FSU safety and Rhodes Scholar Myron Rolle said he signed a three-year deal.
Titans: Receiver Kenny Britt pleaded guilty to disturbing the peace stemming from a June arrest at a car wash in Hoboken, N.J. He also paid a $1,500 fine. Police said they suspected him of carrying a marijuana cigar, crushing it and disposing of it.
Times staff writer Rick Stroud contributed to this report.