Instead, the story only picked up steam in a tit-for-tat between the two.
On Monday, Irsay said he would not talk this week about Manning. The next day, Manning told reporters his recovery was on schedule and there was no plan to retire. The owner responded by saying he would wait until next month to make a decision about the bonus.
That was followed by Thursday's bizarre late-night fireworks and there's no telling when it might end.
While most players, coaches and visitors will depart Indianapolis on Monday, the questions about Manning and his future will continue to linger.
"Jimmy and Peyton have had a strong relationship for a really long time," Condon said. "They've been great friends besides the business relationship. But this is a tough time, there is potential that you could be separated from a team he's been a part of for a long time."