Taking a break from his role at the Manning Passing Academy in Louisiana, Colts QB Peyton Manning entertained questions today from reporters, including CBSSports.com’s Larry Holder. Though Manning said his neck was still bothering him following offseason surgery, he didn’t say exactly what he can and cannot do on the field.
But he did allow that his neck rehab was not progressing rapidly.
"I’ve been very, very cautious and taking it very slow because I have been somewhat on my own in some ways,” Manning said.
That, of course, is partially an indictment on the NFL lockout that has kept Manning away from the Colts training staff (Manning, in fact, said today the only winners that have emerged from the lockout are the lawyers).
At the time of the surgery in order to correct a disc problem on May 23, the word was that the surgery was minimally invasive and that he might be out six to eight weeks. But it was his second neck surgery in 15 months, so obviously, there’s a cause for concern there (even though Manning has said the neck issues aren’t related to each other).
Still, it’s not like this was an elective surgery.
According to ESPN’s Chris Mortensen, Manning has done some light throwing during his rehab, although he hasn’t been an active participant in his passing camp.
And what about his potential long-term contract? How’s he feeling about that?
“I really haven’t had a whole lot of thought on that,” he said. “At this point, I’m just focused on rehabbing hard."
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