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Peyton Manning could miss start of training camp

Posted on: July 20, 2011 10:00 pm
Edited on: July 20, 2011 10:10 pm

Posted by Ryan Wilson

Training camps might be days away for NFL players, but Colts quarterback Peyton Manning, one of the named plaintiffs in the Brady v. the NFL lawsuit, won't be healthy enough to participate, at least initially.

A source tells the Indianapolis Star's Bob Kravitz that Manning isn't fully recovered from surgery on a disk in his neck and "there's no way of knowing how much time he might miss." Kravitz adds: "It could be a week. It could be a couple of weeks. Or even most, or all, of training camp." He also notes that Manning "had recurring neck problems throughout the '10 season."

At first glance, there's nothing to see here beyond the news that Manning has been dealing with this injury for some time. But Houston Texans blogger and friend of the Eye on Football blog Stephanie Stradley raised an interesting point on Twitter Wednesday afternoon:

"So P Manning had neck issues throughout '10, tons of Colts on injury report, but never Manning? Hmmm."

For good measure, Stephanie linked to the Colts' 2010 weekly injury report.

The issue: If the Colts knew Manning was injured, why didn't they put him on the injury report? And more than that, should they be disciplined by the league for it?

PFT's Michael David Smith writes that "we get the sense sometimes that injury report shenanigans are so widespread in the NFL that hardly anyone cares about them anymore, but as long as the rules on reporting injuries are in place, we’re puzzled why Manning’s neck went unreported all season long."

The other side of this coin? Bill Belichick listing Tom Brady on every injury report all season long. In both instances, it's obfuscating the truth, just from different angles.

Whether the NFL decides to do something about it is another story. We suspect it's not particularly high on the to-do list, partly because everyone's focused on a new CBA, but also because we're not convinced there's a competitive advantage to teams fudging their injury reports.

Clearly, this is a job for Mike Tahoe and CJ Hunter.

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Since: Mar 14, 2011
Posted on: July 21, 2011 12:50 pm

Peyton Manning could miss start of training camp

Neck injury = Peyton retirement.  He would be a fool to continue.  Get out while you are still ahead.  Don't end up with a fused neck and having to turn your whole body to talk to someone.

Since: Nov 19, 2006
Posted on: July 21, 2011 11:11 am

Peyton Manning could miss start of training camp

I'm a die hard Patriots fan, let me say this: Anyone who thinks Peyton Manning is a baby, or thinks any less of him because he doesn't want to be slapped with the franchise tag is an idiot. Peyton Manning is tied for the best QB in the league (to tough to choose between him and Brady) and is in the top 5 of all time. The guy is a straight up gamer who has never missed a start in his career. Show the man some respect, he's earned it.

Since: Apr 14, 2011
Posted on: July 20, 2011 10:44 pm

Peyton Manning could miss start of training camp

Peyton is under contract.  He should be in camp whether he is injured or not.  He doesn't ahve to participate in practice; however as the highest paid player in professional football, he should represent.  As for injury reports, there are no games going on now so Vegas should have to worry about making odds this week.

Since: Dec 23, 2008
Posted on: July 20, 2011 10:28 pm

Peyton Manning could miss start of training camp

LMFAO! And to think he wants to be a free agent. Instead of crying like a 2 year old about all the crap going on maybe he should use some of the millions of dollars he already has to get ready for the start of the season.

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