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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 21, 2009
Posted on: November 3, 2011 6:26 pm

Manning's progress slow, manages to zing Simms

What's really funny is when the NFL votes for this years MVP it wont be Manning but when you think about it he should WIN IT!!! Without even playing a game. Look how bad the colts are without him....Sounds like M.V.P to me.
Has to be one of the dumbest statements of all-time. Maybe Elway should be the MVP. Denver sure sucks without him. Or maybe it should be Marino.

Since: Apr 12, 2008
Posted on: November 3, 2011 6:24 pm

Manning's progress slow, manages to zing Simms

I'd like to toss in Micheal Irvin, constantly yelling and for what, no one knows. I have really weened away from pregame shows, all filler and no substances IMO

Since: Dec 31, 2008
Posted on: November 3, 2011 6:14 pm

Manning's progress slow, manages to zing Simms

Phil Simms is still alive? I had no idea....

Since: Feb 23, 2009
Posted on: November 3, 2011 6:05 pm

Manning's progress slow, manages to zing Simms

simms lol, if he had any clue maybe his kids would have more success

Since: Feb 22, 2008
Posted on: November 3, 2011 5:52 pm

Manning's progress slow, manages to zing Simms

I like Peyton. gets a new contract then gets on the DL for who knows how long.Get the money first, who cares about the team/fans?
I don't think he can plan or fake a cervical spine defect.  And as for Manning, whether or not you like Manning, he has a psychotic dedication to the game that even his critics can't reasonably impugne.

Since: Aug 13, 2010
Posted on: November 3, 2011 5:52 pm

Manning's progress slow, manages to zing Simms


Since: Mar 8, 2011
Posted on: November 3, 2011 5:22 pm

Least favorite "former player/coach" commentator?

All this talk about some of the commentators got me wondering which former player/coach brings out the mute button more than others.  I hated, HATED listening to Joe Theisman when he called games. You'd swear the guy never made an errand pass or a bad read in his life.  Trent Dilfer has his moments too. Locally, suffering through Len Dawson contribute to a radio broadcast is like nails being raked across a chalkboard while Nickelback plays over and over in the background.  Keyshawn Johnson made me want someone to sign him to a contract so I wouldn't have to listen to his dumb azz comments on pre-game.  Conversely, I like Terry Bradshaw (goofy as he is) and Mike Ditka. A lot of people got tired of Madden at the end, but he was at least excited about the game.

Since: Mar 8, 2011
Posted on: November 3, 2011 5:00 pm

Manning's progress slow, manages to zing Simms

Whatever happens, I'm sure Peyton stays in the NFL in some form (coaching or commentating). The guy is good for the game and pretty damn funny.  The SNL skit with the kids was awesome.

Since: Dec 29, 2008
Posted on: November 3, 2011 4:55 pm

Manning's progress slow, manages to zing Simms

Peyton is pretty sweet, but Phil Simms is a clown.  Needs to be off the air, as he basicly shows jealousy or resentment toward a lot of players and teams.  His analysis is ok but when he does a game live i cant bear listening to him and his favoritism. 

Since: Feb 10, 2008
Posted on: November 3, 2011 4:52 pm

Manning's progress slow, manages to zing Simms

I hope Manning can play a few more years, I would hate to think his playing days are over. The Colts and Patroit games are always fun to watch. But if they are over, I hope the Colts can get a QB like Andrew Luck, he will have big shoe's to fill cause Peyton is a first ballot HOF. Get well soon Peyton.

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