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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: Dec 22, 2011
Posted on: January 30, 2012 1:51 pm

Report: Peyton Manning struggling to get healthy

Uh, Houston has a QB in Matt Schaub.

Since: Jan 30, 2012
Posted on: January 30, 2012 1:44 pm

Report: Peyton Manning struggling to get healthy

Yes.....Peyton will be back after he is cut by the owner that loves him !!!   I think the best fit for him is Houston!!  They are set, all they need is a QB !!  They have a domed stadium, all world reciever and running back and a defeence that will get him the ball back!!

Since: Oct 30, 2007
Posted on: January 30, 2012 1:08 pm

Report: Peyton Manning struggling to get healthy

I know $28M is a huge hit on the cap, but i still think it would be well worth the Colts to keep Manning around for at least one more year. Maybe they could make the bonus incentive laden? It's 99.99% guaranteed that the Colts will draft Luck, and who better to coach him and prepare him than Manning. Even as a Patriots fan, I hate to see this happening to him, Peyton is good for the NFL!

Since: Apr 16, 2007
Posted on: January 30, 2012 1:05 pm

Report: Peyton Manning struggling to get healthy

Specifics are needed here.  I had this exact surgery.  In fact I had the anterior fusion of C6 C7 that is the vertebrea most commonly injured.  Sometimes plates are used but will limit mobility.  I am guessing he had a bone fusion like I did?  I feel good but it can be fired up with alot of motion and repetative use.  It can be considered a career ending injury in the type of sport he is in.  I am reallly wondering if he will ever play again and if we are not being fed alot of BS?  I do know I could throw a football.  I am 54.  I hope he is able to continue if that is what he wants.  I do not see him in  a Colts uniform again.  Not with the almight Luck on deck

Since: Jul 28, 2011
Posted on: January 30, 2012 1:05 pm

Report: Peyton Manning struggling to get healthy

If you understand what a competitive nature is, you would know Manning can't walk away yet. But. if he's really not healthy, he will have no choice. I doubt any team would want to be responsible for him ending up in a wheelchair!

Since: Jan 6, 2012
Posted on: January 30, 2012 12:57 pm

Report: Peyton Manning struggling to get healthy

I find it interesting that your article starts out with "Manning Struggling to Get Healthy" but yet you provide no evidence of his alleged struggles. No quotes from Manning, no quotes from the Colts, no quote from a movie actor, or anything else to substantiate the alledged struggling. I have no idea if he is or isn't struggling, but at least I'm not writing an article saying that I know the answer, like you are. Your article is pure speculation and an giant waste of time and internet space and IS NOT NEWS. Maybe I should do a CBS article about Ryan Wilson and title it "Ryan Wilson Struggling with His Manhood". What I'd print wiould be as credible as what you printed.

Since: Sep 23, 2011
Posted on: January 30, 2012 12:55 pm

Report: Peyton Manning struggling to get healthy

There will be no delay in the roster bonus. Peyton is super pro union, and the union would never let that go down. Irsay knows this and wouldn't even offer that.

Since: Jan 30, 2012
Posted on: January 30, 2012 12:54 pm
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Since: Feb 5, 2007
Posted on: January 30, 2012 12:53 pm

Report: Peyton Manning struggling to get healthy

Peyton should not try to come back.  A guy in his position has his whole life ahead of him and can do whatever he chooses.  More importantly, however, one should never gamble with one's health and risk the kind of serious injury or complication that may develop from a violent sport, such as the NFL.

Since: Sep 25, 2009
Posted on: January 30, 2012 12:41 pm

Report: Peyton Manning struggling to get healthy

 Let that be a lesson for anyone considering letting one of these doctors cut your neck or spine.  Too risky, as even one of the richest most influential figures in sports who had every possible resource and expert advice still got hacked.

Now, Imagine a regular schmo like you or me going to Butcher Bob MD for tha same "simple" procedure???  NO THANKS.  And Ive been diagnosed with probably the same type of degenerative disc thing he had.  I'll deal with the pain and do physical therapy til I can no longer move before I let these guys hack up my neck only to make it worse.
I could write a longer post but I don't really feel like dealing with angry posters telling me I'm an idiot etc. so I'll just agree with you and say that's not even the half of it.

Doctors are exactly like mechanics. You need to find a great one that you can trust and stick with them your entire life. The majority of the population won't find a great one no matter how much money they pay (in fact that's part of the problem). The ones that are great don't both advertising and have enough work that they're happy with, so they don't need to lie to their customers/patients about things they don't need to make a buck.

But when it comes to medicine it can be even tougher because it can be very hard for a procedure to work because the human body is so complex. Even the greatest doctors make mistakes, as do all humans in everything they do. But doctor's mistakes can be very costly for people.

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