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Manning hasn't thought about NFL future

Posted on: September 29, 2011 4:28 pm
Posted by Josh Katzowitz

We still don’t know who will start Monday for the Colts -- Kerry Collins is still recovering from concussion symptoms, which might open the gate for Curtis Painter to make his first NFL start -- but we know somebody else who will be there watching. That’s Peyton Manning, who told ESPN (via USA Today) that he’d be on the sidelines and cheering on his team.

Manning's Pain in the Neck
As far as his future playing career is concerned, Manning was a little less forthcoming.

"I haven't thought about all that," he said

Which, you know, is a bit hard to believe, considering he’s made a trip to Europe in an effort to use stem cell treatment to heal his neck.

As he waits, he’s been relegated to being a sideline cheerleader, and he told ESPN he misses his old life.

“Being there with the guys, the huddles, the conversation,” Manning said. “You just don't feel as much a part of it, a contributor."

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Since: Jul 29, 2011
Posted on: September 29, 2011 6:17 pm

Manning hasn't thought about NFL future

Peyton Manning will play again - just not this year!  As far as starting Painter goes I'm all for it.  After all he was the number two QB on the depth charts behind Peyton Manning.  The Colts need to see what, if anything, he has to offer.  This is a lost season for The Colts -there's no doubt about that!  They have some talented players who will be back next year.  They should start using some backups a little more to evaluate them and see what that might bring them next year.  If Painter is not the answer and if The Colts have the opportunity to draft Andrew Luck then they should and put him behind Peyton next year.  As far as as evaluating their backups they might find someone who can replace a current starter - then trade that starter for a draft pick or picks to rebuild this team.  Next year The Colts will have a full offseason and full training camp to evaluate and train their draft picks.  All is not lost in Indy.  There's nothing wrong with waiting until next year with Peyton Manning and some young "COLTS".

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