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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: Oct 30, 2011
Posted on: November 3, 2011 4:50 pm
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Since: Sep 11, 2006
Posted on: November 3, 2011 4:41 pm

Manning's progress slow, manages to zing Simms

Peyton seems like a way nicer guy then that jerk QB in New England.  BTW has anyone noticed how terrible the Patriots defense has been ever since SpyGate?   Coincidence?  I think not.

I was going to argue your BS about the Pats Def being terrible since spygate but then realized you are just a moronic hater. Philly lost man, beat you fair an square. Now go cry to Arlen Spectre and see if you can get that tool to waste some more taxpayer money. As far as Peyton goes,hope he gets healthy and fast, he may be a Colt but I love to watch him play.

Back to this poster for a sec, I am glad you dont like Brady. He is a hell of a lot classiers than that piece of garbage the Eagles have at QB. I think yes!

Since: Dec 13, 2006
Posted on: November 3, 2011 4:35 pm

Manning's progress slow, manages to zing Simms

Simms is the best analyst out there. He gets paid to do that. Im sure someone asked him about Luck.

Since: Dec 9, 2006
Posted on: November 3, 2011 4:33 pm

Manning's progress slow, manages to zing Simms

do you see how Peyton "zinged" Simms without making an ass of himself.  Too bad more players and commentators can't be more like Peyton.  He is smart , witty, and never makes an ass of himself.  That is very rare in today's professional sports landscape.

Peyton, get well soon.  The league needs more people like you!!!! 

Since: Nov 29, 2007
Posted on: November 3, 2011 4:26 pm

Manning's progress slow, manages to zing Simms

Really, from a Yankees fan??  Shut that toilet you call a mouth.  Manning took a pay cut with his new salary.  If you think he doesnt want to be out there playing, then you should crawl back in that dirty smelly crappy hole that is your mothers vajayjay. 

Since: Dec 15, 2010
Posted on: November 3, 2011 4:14 pm

Manning's progress slow, manages to zing Simms

and he has issues with Phil Simms?

Since: Dec 15, 2010
Posted on: November 3, 2011 4:13 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?

Since: Mar 11, 2008
Posted on: November 3, 2011 4:13 pm

Uhh yeah, they're just ribbing each other

Does anybody have a sense of humor or is everybody so worried about who disrespected/got one over on who???  Jeez, Manning was ribbing him, end of story.

Since: Sep 22, 2011
Posted on: November 3, 2011 4:10 pm

Manning's progress slow, manages to zing Simms

coincidence? Cornerstones of that defense are gone. vrabel bruschi harrison. NE has some good players on D but they were never about having elite players. it was about a group that got it done as one. the defense is still rebuilding. you must be a jets fan. loud mouthed. ignorant. i smell garbage.

Since: Nov 1, 2011
Posted on: November 3, 2011 4:10 pm

Manning's progress slow, manages to zing Simms

Gotta agree a neck injury is hard to come back from one with a fusion that isn't healing and nerves that are not progessing doesn't sound good. One hard hit and he could be paralized - that is a big risk. Guy will make one hell of a coach! love the Simms jab. I can't believe how arrogant Simms is to think Manning would give a s--- about what he had to say.

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