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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: Dec 26, 2006
Posted on: November 3, 2011 4:06 pm

Manning's progress slow, manages to zing Simms

Sounds like old Phil is jealous that Luck will have a better career in the NFL than his son Chris did and his other son Matt will.

Since: Feb 11, 2009
Posted on: November 3, 2011 3:53 pm

Manning's progress slow, manages to zing Simms

To me, it sounds like Peyton might be done. This could be "Luck"y for them in some ways, but to lose a hall of famer is sad.

Since: Sep 10, 2007
Posted on: November 3, 2011 3:45 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.

Since: Aug 7, 2008
Posted on: November 3, 2011 3:45 pm

Manning's progress slow, manages to zing Simms

This guy is finished completly.

Since: May 22, 2007
Posted on: November 3, 2011 3:45 pm

Manning's progress slow, manages to zing Simms

Peyton Manning sure has Phil Simms pegged. Ordinarily, I like Simms, but the comment he made about Andrew Luck was off the wall...and bringing the Colts star into it had no place. We all know what the Colts are without Manning...and the same can be said for the Giants without Eli Manning.

Either way, there's way too much analysis and not enough watching the plays and players. Everybody and their brother has a talk show and they say nothing...the talking heads on ESPN and all the other shows does one thing to me...bore me to tears. I would rather watch reruns of NCIS.

Since: May 27, 2008
Posted on: November 3, 2011 3:43 pm

Manning's progress slow, manages to zing Simms

Fine work, P-Man.

Since: Sep 18, 2006
Posted on: November 3, 2011 3:28 pm

Manning's progress slow, manages to zing Simms

Blood is thicker than ratings. Peyton hasn't forgotten how many times Phil has disrespected little brother Eli, especially as Eli starts to rewrite the Giants' passing records. He's already ahead of Simms in 4th quarter comebacks and game-winning drives. Simms is a very prideful man - part of his makeup as a leader. So is Peyton. And the Mannings are one hang-together family.

Since: Oct 16, 2007
Posted on: November 3, 2011 3:26 pm

Manning's progress slow, manages to zing Simms

What a great zinger by Manning. i didn't know the fella even knew how to SMILE. I'm liking him more all the time. Now Peyton,get down on the sidelines and show your team how to win a few games so you can leave Andrew Luck for my DolphinsSmile

Since: Jun 27, 2008
Posted on: November 3, 2011 3:24 pm

NFL analysts

Nothing is more frustrating than listening to analysts that were former players talk about "how they did in their day" The worst is Trent Dilfer, listening to him talk makes it sound like he is one of the best QB's to ever play the game. He wasn't that good and the only reason he won a ring was because of his D and his coaching. He was a par to +1 QB at best. As for Mr. Phil Simms, please stop saying things and take a page out of Grudens book and talk about the plays and not the drama that is Peyton's neck.

Since: Aug 24, 2006
Posted on: November 3, 2011 3:23 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.

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