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Manning's progress slow, manages to zing Simms

Posted on: November 3, 2011 2:37 pm
ManningPosted by Josh Katzowitz

Peyton Manning gave a surprise interview to the local press Thursday, and the conclusion to draw from the briefing is that the progress with his neck seems a little stagnated. Which obviously isn’t highly positive. And considering his neck still hasn’t fused, progress is going slowly for the Colts MVP (this year and every year, apparently).

"Not a whole lot to report,” he told reporters, including the Indianapolis Star. “Still waiting for the fusion to take place. That takes place, they thought, between two and three months. Still going slow with that.

“I still have some of the same issues I had before the fusion as far as the nerves and the regeneration. Still dealing with that, the idea being that this surgery gave me the most stability for the nerves to regenerate. That’s still a process there.”

Manning said there really isn’t a timeline to his recovery. Instead, it’s more like a series of checkpoints, the next of which occurs Dec. 1. That’s when he’ll be three months out of surgery, and doctors can determine his strength and conditioning. But for now, he can’t predict where he’ll be and when he’ll be there.

He does know this: he’d like to practice sometime this season.

“Well, the thing about it is the fact that I am on the active roster, if I were in a position, if I were cleared to practice and if I were at a strength level, conditioning level checkpoint that I were cleared, it’s the greatest venue to go out and see where you are on the practice field as opposed to having to grab a receiver off to the side and go out before walk-through or before practice,” he said. “If I was cleared and able to do that, it would be nice to be able to do that, to go out and participate in a team practice where everything is right there with you, even though you probably couldn’t do everything. So, that’s a hope and a wish.”

But as far as playing this year? You’ve got to think there’s absolutely no chance of it happening.

Manning’s sense of humor, though, is still there. You might recall that CBS/Showtime analyst Phil Simms said recently that Andrew Luck didn’t have an NFL arm. Naturally, reporters asked Manning about that, since the Colts, assuming they have the No. 1 draft pick next year, could take him as Manning’s eventual replacement.

“Yeah, I don’t talk to Phil. Phil doesn’t talk to me,” Manning said. “He did text me after that, saying ‘Hey, sorry to drag your name into this.’ I wrote back, ‘Phil I don’t know what you’re talking about.’ He said, ‘Well on my show, Inside the NFL, I made this statement.’ I said, ‘Phil, I hate to break it to you, but I don’t watch your show, along with a lot of other people that I don’t think watch that show.’ Giving himself a little more credit than probably was merited.”


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Since: Feb 5, 2007
Posted on: November 4, 2011 8:46 am

Manning's progress slow, manages to zing Simms

Peyton should retire and get on with his life.  He has nothing to prove to anyone, he was a Great QB, period!  To risk another injury or to exaserbate the current one makes no sense.  He is right, by the way, no one watches Inside the NFL...

Since: Sep 11, 2008
Posted on: November 4, 2011 7:26 am

Manning's progress slow, manages to zing Simms

String said it perfectly......listening to Simms call a game makes you want to stick pencils in your ears and vomit.  One of the worst if not the worst (let's not forget Dan Dierdork) announcers there is.....period

Since: Mar 18, 2009
Posted on: November 4, 2011 7:02 am

Simms Is A Terrible Analyst

Anyone that thinks Simms is a good analyst has obviously never watched a complete game which he has 'analyzed.'  The man makes a mistake or 3 during every game because he doesn't know the rules of the game.  For those Simms lovers, I don't know how he was able to play, then get a chair in the booth.  He obviously wasn't given a test before being given the position.  True fans of the game know exactly what I'm talking about.

Since: Sep 29, 2007
Posted on: November 4, 2011 6:59 am

Manning's progress slow, manages to zing Simms

It used to be a great show hosted by Len Dawson (KC) and Nick Buonacotti (Miami) on HBO.  It's pretty much obsolete now that we have a a better crew on NFL network.   Chris Collinsworth had a supporting role and IMO the show really tanked when they decided that Collingsworth needed to be the focus and we lost Len and Nick.  The show is anchored by two of the largest toolboxes in NFL reporting today.  Collingsworth let the sports emmy get to his head and now thinks he's the authority on all things football.  Phil Simms was a great QB but so annoying that he can't get anyone to really listen to him.  I'd rather be forced to watch a loop of the Colts-Saints game that listen to Simms anyday. 

Since: Sep 29, 2007
Posted on: November 4, 2011 6:48 am

Manning's progress slow, manages to zing Simms

Tom Brady running the 40 at the combine looked like the beanpole on the way to Beantown. Look at him now.  He made himself the QB he wanted to be.  If we get in the NFL wayback machine we find Bernie Kozar; world's slowest QB but he helped keep the Browns competitve. Steve Young was absolutely amazing but some of the passes he threw looked like a dead duck falling from the sky.  As long as Luck has that intangible of getting his teammates to believe in him, coaches that bring him along while catering to his strengths and good team team play so he does not have to do it alone the rest can come.
On a side note, I'm so glad that I'm not the only one who thinks that Phill Simms beleives way too much in his own importance.  What a tool.  

Since: Nov 4, 2011
Posted on: November 4, 2011 5:49 am

Manning's progress slow, manages to zing Simms

Great comment toolbag, News flash everybody hates the Patriots, STEELER NATION

Since: Nov 29, 2006
Posted on: November 4, 2011 4:40 am

Manning's progress slow, manages to zing Simms

Payton's look is that of many Colt fans this year....

Since: Sep 17, 2009
Posted on: November 4, 2011 4:18 am

Manning's progress slow, manages to zing Simms

I agree with Simms.. Luck doesnt have that lazer cannon pro scouts drool over.. but everything else he does have.. so IMO.. he's no Elway or Marino or Manning.. BUT he is still very good in all other aspects.. and can be a successful NFL QB I believe...

Besides they can work on his arm strength...  If this was a video game.. i'd give him a 89 in arm strength/throwing power.. while those HOFamers i mentioned have/had 99's      That 89 he has can be built up with NFL caliber strength training.. not alot but some...   He'll be fine...  I don't see the Colts taking him tho.. just a hunch...  

Since: Feb 22, 2007
Posted on: November 4, 2011 2:16 am

Manning's progress slow, manages to zing Simms

Look what happened the last time people started annointing the next chosen one.  That would be the highly overrated Tebow who can't hit the side of a barn in the NFL despite being one of the greatest and most accomplished college players ever.
JustMyOp - have you had your head stuck under a rock for the last two years?  Nobody annointed Tebow as the next chosen one even with his stellar college career - except for Josh McDaniels.  What happened to McDaniels?  Oh yeah, he didn't last a full season after that.  Not a single scout or coach thought he would be ready out of college if ever.

Jamungus Hustle is where you have to look for the last "chosen one" who didn't work out.

Since: Jul 22, 2010
Posted on: November 4, 2011 1:00 am

Manning's progress slow, manages to zing Simms

 I don't want to be the devils advocate here, but I think the colts would love to know what the future holds for Peyton before the draft.  I would think that he has 2 or 3 good years left if he is healthy, so draft someone to help him win!  This is a tough one, because you have to think about the future, and Luck looks pretty damn good!  I don't think with Peyton coming back next year they have any shot.  Not because of Manning, but the rest of the team is horrible.  Do they ask him if he wants to be traded?  They might make him happy and start to rebuild in a big way.  Just food for thought.

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