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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 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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Since: Mar 8, 2008
Posted on: January 30, 2012 8:45 pm

Report: Peyton Manning struggling to get healthy

skifreek81...really? Brady is just a guy, huh? Seriously? must be a hater, because no fan in his right mind would say that Tom Brady is just a "replaceable" guy. He's put up HOF numbers with a changing cast of characters for a dozen years. If he is not a 1st ballot HOFer, then Belichick must be the greatest coach in the history of the NFL to have a "replaceable" guy at QB all these years and still have him put up the stats, and the wins, that Brady has. Now, before you get your feelings all butt-hurt, Peyton Manning is just as phenomenal, and is obviously a 1st ballot HOFer also. Don't be an ass and try to denigrate one in defence of the other.   

Since: Nov 6, 2006
Posted on: January 30, 2012 8:40 pm

Report: Peyton Manning struggling to get healthy

Even I am a Patriots fan, IMHO Peyton is a greater athelete.  Better or not better than Brady, big deal.  It is a big big loss to the Colts and the NFL if Peyton calls this a career due to his neck injuries.

Since: Jan 7, 2007
Posted on: January 30, 2012 8:37 pm

Report: Peyton Manning struggling to get healthy

Manning has played with several top 10 defenses during his career

He's played against several, but has only played with 2.  One of them (2002) they finished 8th, but that was a little skewed since they played the expansion Texans twice.  The Patriots have had 4 top 10 defenses during Brady's career.  They had another top 10 in 2008 with Matt Cassell.

The Colts finished 3rd in 2007, the year after their Super Bowl, but they lost Dwight Freeney in week 10 against the Chargers, and then lost Robert Mathis a week or 2 later.  Mathis came back in time for the playoff game, but Freeney was lost for the season.  As everyone saw against the Saints in Super Bowl 44, without Freeney, there is no defense.

The Colts have also had to play with the worst special teams.  The Colts opponents avg starting position is around the 35.  The Colts avg starting position is inside the 15.  It's been that way almost the entire Peyton Manning era. 

Since: Feb 8, 2008
Posted on: January 30, 2012 8:25 pm

Report: Peyton Manning struggling to get healthy

This is a silly article. Isn't the whole reason he missed the season because he was unhealthy, so wouldn't that mean he's struggling to get healthy?

Since: Oct 3, 2006
Posted on: January 30, 2012 8:23 pm

Report: Peyton Manning struggling to get healthy

that..or it shows that Indy stupidly put all their eggs in one basket while NE did a good job of building a complete team around their star.  Cassel did well in 08 as do many rookies (or long term benchwarmers) who inherit a starting gig when no DCs have tape to plan against them with. Thats why sophomore slumps are so common even for QBs who go on to be long term starters afterward.  Cassel happened upon one of the greatest offensive supporting casts in the modern history of the game..but he was not able to remotely duplicate what brady did in 07 so selling them as equal interchaneable parts is just..idiotic really.  It was more like how Bulger was able to keep the greatest show on Turf running on fumes, even though he was never on par with Warner.  Also a bit unfair to assume Indy was going to be 10-6 this year with Manning intact.  The wheels were starting to come off and sooner or later, hurt or not, the weight of carrying the team would have broken his back

Since: Jan 30, 2012
Posted on: January 30, 2012 7:58 pm

Report: Peyton Manning struggling to get healthy

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.

Since: May 28, 2007
Posted on: January 30, 2012 7:47 pm

Report: Peyton Manning struggling to get healthy

hey sox,read a few of your posts,your a typical beantown talk about peyton stat padding and being a one hit wonder,while pats. get every break from refs  all the time(tuck rule)plus they cheated to win the bowls they must be bored with your choking,drunk baseball team andyour old basketball team.the pats got in on a fluke,hope they get roasted by giants.hey,at least the bruins and there idiot goalie are good.

Since: Oct 20, 2009
Posted on: January 30, 2012 7:46 pm

Report: Peyton Manning struggling to get healthy

Peyton Manning is the best QB of our generation. Give him a halfway decent defense and he has 7 rings.

Manning has played with several top 10 defenses during his career so your comment makes no sense. As much as I enjoyed watchin him play, he simply doesn't play well in big games. And regardless of what his defense did or didn't do, the fact is Manning played bad in many of his playoff games during his career.

Since: Sep 11, 2006
Posted on: January 30, 2012 7:18 pm

Report: Peyton Manning struggling to get healthy

I love it.  A fight over which on the downside QB is better?  Comparing a rating of 94 with 96?  Both are great ratings.  Two points?  HA!  You guys must be bored.  Peyton fans can take heart in the fact that the guy single handedly pulled a franchise up from the sewer for sustained success.  That makes him an easy HoFmer.  Brady fans can take heart in the fact that the guy won multiple Super Bowls, albeit almost 10 years ago while doing it in style, again another easy HoFmer.  I just hope they retire the same year so they're eligible for the HoF the SAME YEAR.  But unless Brady gets it done on Sunday, he needs to join Peyton in stepping aside to let the guys in their prime (Eli Manning, Big Ben, Drew Brees) take over center stage.  The Patriots are starting to resemble those Dolphin teams with Marino that teased fans into thinking they could win the big one.  No running game.  No defense.  A great QB throwing to an odd assortment of decent players.  Great HoF coach.  At least Brady won his while Marino never did.

Since: Feb 10, 2007
Posted on: January 30, 2012 5:44 pm

Report: Peyton Manning struggling to get healthy

96.4 >>>> 94.9

And Brady has the BLING  Sealed

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