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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: May 11, 2007
Posted on: November 3, 2011 7:15 pm

Manning's progress slow, manages to zing Simms

Simms is your typical Sexual Intellectual, you know... A F@$^ing Know-it-all

Since: Mar 22, 2007
Posted on: November 3, 2011 7:15 pm

Manning's progress slow, manages to zing Simms

simms doesnt deserve anything, nobody deserves anything. you earn what you get

Since: Oct 28, 2006
Posted on: November 3, 2011 7:14 pm

Manning's progress slow, manages to zing Simms

Are you saying Manning isn't as good as Simmswas? If you are you should watch bowling or darts and give up on football. Manning led the Colts to 2 Super Bowl winning 1, Simms handed the ball off and watched one of the most dominate defenses put on a field do the rest. I'm not saying Simms is Dilfer, more like Jeff Hofsteder.

Since: Jan 1, 2007
Posted on: November 3, 2011 7:11 pm
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Since: Mar 24, 2010
Posted on: November 3, 2011 7:05 pm

Manning's progress slow, manages to zing Simms

Just who is this guy Phil Simms ? He only led his team to two Superbowls and was MVP of one. The Giants won both SBs. In the second  Simms lead the team to 11-3 and then broke his leg, but played a major role in the season. Not bad in only thirteen years in the league. As far as I know, Manning has been in the league for 13 yrs and has won  1 SB and lost 1. He also has a 9-10 post-season record. Who's calling who out ?

Since: Apr 12, 2007
Posted on: November 3, 2011 6:45 pm

Manning's progress slow, manages to zing Simms

i'd like to see the Colts put out Manning's x-rays b/c i am increasingly skeptical that his injury is legit - at least enough to be out the entire season, AND for the COLTS to be this bad w/o him.  If they go 0-16 and pick Luck we will all know it was a scam.

And as far as Phil Simms is concerned, what's with the disrespect from Manning and others?  i'd like to hear Manning's explanation for why he is being such a douche (and i don't use that term often but it seems to be the most applicable term here)?  All Simms did was point out a fact that, as of yet, Luck has NOT shown a demonstrably accurate and strong NFL arm for a QB that is garnering so much 'he's the 2nd coming of...' talk.

i watched Stanford beat usc this weekend, which i thoroughly enjoyed particularly since the refs were 'allowing' usc to tackle defensive linemen all game and then it was usc coaches crying at the end of regulation.  Anyway, i was at a loss for why Luck is considered the best NFL QB prospect in years???  Granted it was just one game and i will reserve judgement until i see him play a few more times.  But for now, Simms is DEAD RIGHT!

Since: Sep 15, 2007
Posted on: November 3, 2011 6:39 pm

Manning's progress slow, manages to zing Simms

I always liked Phil Simms' determination.  He may not have been the most gifted quarterback to play in the NFL or New York for that matter, but the guy gave the game all he had.  He had a nice rapport with teammates and quietly put together some nice seasons.  The man has his faults as a broadcaster like they all do, but he does know the game. 

That aside, I have no idea where his comments about Andrew Luck came from other than left field  I am sure he was asked his opinion, but how he can say that Luck doesn't have the arm strength is silly.  It's not like Phil had a Howitzer when he played. You can't obviously compare the two QBs, but Andrew Luck has all that is necessary to be a successful QB in the league.  He makes the throws, period.  That is the most important thing IMO. 

He has a strong arm; it's not his fault he isn't asked to constantly use it.  He is part of a system at Stanford that doesn't exactly rely on that phase being implemented. Andrew is smart, efficient, can hit guys in stride so that they can get YAC.  He is a born leader with a strong pocket presence.  Isn't that what scouts are always clamouring for?  You can break down his tape a million different ways and he has the technique, mechanics, and vision that is of the utmost importance to a QB coach.  Whatever else he "needs" to know can be taught as he is a quick study.  I have seen a lot of guys that were more raw product go on to become good.  Luck, barring any major setbacks, should be great.

Since: Sep 12, 2007
Posted on: November 3, 2011 6:39 pm

Manning's progress slow, manages to zing Simms

When Simms goes around putting down other people he'd certainly better be prepared to be on the receiving end now and then.

Since: Jul 30, 2008
Posted on: November 3, 2011 6:37 pm

Manning's progress slow, manages to zing Simms

Good for Manning. I agree, I didn't even know Simms had a show. With Simms coming out and getting digs in all over this week, maybe he's trying not to get his show cancelled. Simms has always come out with negatives about players, even when he is trying to give them a compliment. Maybe he should look in a mirror and find a different way to be relevant.

Since: Mar 6, 2011
Posted on: November 3, 2011 6:26 pm

Manning's progress slow, manages to zing Simms

Phil Simms was a pro bowl caliber QB for may years, and deserves some respect. Manning shouldn't be above any response, and that was kind of a slam for no reason. When Peyton's playing days are over, maybe they are.... he can only hope to be as good a commentator as Simms is. Lay off Phil people

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