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Report: Peyton Manning struggling to get healthy

Posted on: January 30, 2012 10:01 am
Edited on: January 30, 2012 3:14 pm
 
Manning 'determined' to play in 2012. (Getty Images)

By Ryan Wilson

It's been more than a year since Peyton Manning played in an NFL game, but just five weeks out from a $28 million roster bonus coming due, the Colts have to make a decision on his future in Indianapolis. Teams are already lining up for his services (allegedly, of course) -- both those with obvious quarterback needs and others who may be willing to reconsider their current quarterback situation.

The problem: no one knows how healthy Manning is. He missed the 2011 season after undergoing three neck surgeries in two years, and Sports Illustrated's Peter King reported Sunday that Manning is struggling to get healthy before March 8, the day he's to receive the aforementioned roster bonus.

King adds: "No one knows yet if he'll play at all. In the last few days ... I've heard mixed reports about his physical condition. There is no guarantee he'll be healthy enough for any team to build its offense around."

King also seconded something we wrote on the Eye on Football blog: Colts owner Jim Irsay didn't make a decision on Manning's future "weeks ago."

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"I talked to Colts owner Irsay over the weekend, and he insisted, contrary to an NFL.com report that he decided 'weeks ago' to part ways with Manning, that he hasn't done any such thing," King wrote Monday.

"There has been no decision,'' Irsay told King. "This thing is still up in the air. I guarantee you I have not made the decision."

On Monday, Peyton's non-football-playing brother, Cooper, told NFL Network's Albert Breer that Manning was "determined" to play in 2012.

"What I do know is Peyton is going to do every single thing a human being can possibly do to get ready to play again," Cooper said from New Orleans according to Breer. "Where, when and how he'll play, that's all up in the air. But as far as his body goes, Peyton's smart, he'll know what to do. Anyone predicting what will happen now going forward is just wasting their breath. But he is working as hard as anyone can work to get out there again." 

Without knowing the state of Manning's recovery but with Irsay having already begun the housecleaning process, it's fair to assume that Manning may have played his last game for the Colts. He won't be out of work long, though; in fact, we wouldn't be surprised if some truly desperate team took a flier on him even if he's not yet cleared to return to the field. After all, the NFL is a passing league woefully short on passers. 

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Comments

Since: Aug 13, 2006
Posted on: January 31, 2012 2:06 pm
 

Report: Peyton Manning struggling to get healthy

A few years ago I disliked Manning because he was a thorn in the Pats side then I watched him more and more and realized he's a class act. Hope he does comeback and the rivalry with the Pats continues on but I doubt he's be a Colt next year. Good luck Peyton



Since: Jun 5, 2011
Posted on: January 31, 2012 11:28 am
 

Report: Peyton Manning struggling to get healthy

The longer this story goes on, the more surprised i'd be if Payton suited up again.  Waiting for nerves to regenerate seems like a ticket to the end of the line.  He's had a great career and has earned the respect of all involved in the NFL.  When one door closes another one opens, i'm sure he'll be a success in his next phase, whatever direction he chooses.  No-brainer for 1st ballot HOF.



Since: Jun 24, 2007
Posted on: January 31, 2012 11:02 am
 

Report: Peyton Manning struggling to get healthy

skifreek81 said:

I have two words for all you Brady fans. Matt Cassel. He came in when Brday got hurt and went 11-5 and put up pro bowl numbers. Then he goes to KC and is terrible. Manning goes down and his team goes 2-14..... Manning carries his team while Brady is just another replaceable player on good team.

Besides the fact that this statement is just insanely stupid, I highly doubt that the Patriots will be the same when Brady is gone.  You don't replace players of his caliber without taking a huge hit.  Just look at Miami since Marino left.  Or the 49ers after both Montana and Young left...so yeah, Brady is another "replaceable" player...which is why he's one of only two quarterbacks to break Marino's single season yardage record.  Get real. 



Since: Apr 8, 2009
Posted on: January 31, 2012 10:52 am
 

Report: Peyton Manning struggling to get healthy

Peyton needs to realize that he can retire today and immediately become a college head coach or an Offensive Coordinator at the pro-level.  Once he realizes it's not an end but a beginning he will be ok.




Since: Feb 22, 2008
Posted on: January 31, 2012 7:17 am
 

Report: Peyton Manning struggling to get healthy

I really hope this is not how Peyton Manning is going out. I really wanted to see him break some or all of Brett Far-vra's records. I am not even a fan of the Colts but I am starting to think I have been taking this guy for granted. We will probably not see another guy like this for years/decades folks!



Since: Jan 8, 2010
Posted on: January 30, 2012 10:59 pm
 

Report: Peyton Manning struggling to get healthy

Enuf of the Mannigs already! Who cares outside of NY?
Well, for one, folks in Indiana.

And then there's you, too.  You not only cared enough to click on the link but also made a comment.   Oops.



Since: Nov 3, 2006
Posted on: January 30, 2012 10:46 pm
 

Report: Peyton Manning struggling to get healthy

I hope he heals and comes back.  It would be nice to see the QB return to full form.



Since: Aug 17, 2010
Posted on: January 30, 2012 10:13 pm
 

Report: Peyton Manning struggling to get healthy

Enuf of the Mannigs already! Who cares outside of NY?



Since: Oct 3, 2006
Posted on: January 30, 2012 9:00 pm
 

Report: Peyton Manning struggling to get healthy

though I have to say, "Colts not going to retain him" does automatically make him done..if he can't go he can't go..but if he is going to come back, even if the colts end up cutting him and tons of reports circulate that he is damamged/a shell of his former self etc...someone will pick him up



Since: Aug 21, 2006
Posted on: January 30, 2012 8:47 pm
 

Report: Peyton Manning struggling to get healthy

Peyton is done..Sad to see, but it is OBVIOUS the colts are not gonna retain him.  They MUST move forward and they have the pick in the draft to do it.  This is a no brainer..And the fact that the organization has already made big changes without even talking to Peyton is a clear indication



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