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Peyton Manning talks: 'I really feel good'

Posted on: January 31, 2012 4:56 pm
Edited on: February 1, 2012 5:34 am
Manning says he feels 'real good' despite reports. (Getty Images)
By Will Brinson

INDIANAPOLIS -- Peyton Manning's the name no one can stop talking about at Super Bowl XLVI. His silence during the early part of the week is part of the reason why everyone from Eli Manning to Tom Brady has been quizzed (or had their verbiage scrutinized) about the Colts quarterback.

On Tuesday, Manning emerged from hiding and told ESPN in an interview that, despite reports to the contrary, he "really feel[s] good," that he has no plans to retire, but that he also has "no set timetable" for how long he'll play in the NFL.

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"I really feel good. I continue to make progress every day," he said. "Everything that the doctors have told me has been on point, which is encouraging to me. I just had a great day today with rehab, just got back from the facility, and that's what we continue to do. Just keep trying to get better. So far I have. That's the plan from here on out."

Not surprisingly, Manning has no plans to retire. But he also has no idea how long he'll play in the NFL.

"[There's] no set timetable," Manning said when discussing how long he'd play in the NFL. "I really don't. I've played a long time. I'm grateful for the time that I've played so far, and I have nothing to complain about. How much longer, we'll see."

Manning also talked about his relationship with Jim Irsay and their upcoming decision. He said that he and Irsay's relationship has "always been great" and will "continue to be great," and that the two wouldn't be talking about the decision on whether Manning will remain a Colt until after the Super Bowl.

Interestingly, Manning believes Irsay will make that decision before the March 8 deadline in Peyton's contract.

"I think the sooner the better, I really do," Manning said. "Jim and I talk constantly, we really do. We're in constant communication, and after this week is over, we'll do it, and we'll make a good plan from there. Either way, it's going to be good. I'm at peace, and it'll be a positive thing, I can assure you."

Unfortunately for Manning, it's pretty unlikely that the rest of the football-watching world will be at peace until a decision is actually made. Which means the next six days are going to continue to center around his future with the Colts.

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Since: Jul 26, 2009
Posted on: February 2, 2012 9:32 am

Peyton Manning talks: 'I really feel good'

If Peyton had any nerve damage before the surgery or as a result of it, what most people don't know is that nerves branching off from the spinal cord take an extremely long time to finally heal. The area first has to heal from the truama of the surgery and then the entire healing process.  I have an incomplete spinal cord injury as a result of a tumor that was on my spinal cord.  I had weak legs as a symptom for years and my doctor never looked for the reason.  The end result was surgery to remove the tumore which left me with after a good year of recovery, very limited mobility from the waist down and lack of sensation as well.  I will never walk fully again, only very short distances. In short I'm diagnosed as a parapalegic, although I have more functions that most.

I suspect this is why it's taking Peyton so long to recover as well.  There was probably nerve damge before and after the surgery. While he may recover to the point of being able to function on a daily basis. He may never fully get back to 100% as if nothing ever happened. Only time will tell that, and that's the most frustrating thing he probably is dealing with. The waiting to see when and if everything reutrns to normal.  Football should take a backseat to his overall health.

Since: Jun 25, 2009
Posted on: February 2, 2012 12:25 am

Peyton Manning talks: 'I really feel good'

No physician at the Super Bowl believes that he's going to play again.  3 surgeries in 19 months causes a BIG red flag as to "why?"  They were flat saying it and not hinting around the margins like you commonly hear and read in the media.  I've long said that I don't want him to play again and would not want to be watching THE game where he's hit and paralyzed.        

I guarantee you that not even one of the physicians at the Superbowl got any answers from Peyton Manning's doctors and certainly not the surgeons that worked on him.  So basically anything they say is about as useless as what people on CBS sports think, it doesn't mean a thing because they only know what they read, just like you and I do.  There is nothing you said in your post that I couldn't google and get the same information these doctors did.

But here's the thing.  If Peyton Manning was to play football again it would mean beyond any doubt at all his injury has healed and he's no more at risk then anybody else is.   Anybody that believes Manning would actually risk paralysis or death to play football is out of his mind.  The Manning family is a pretty intelligent family and more money then God, so why would he take that risk?  The answer to that question is he wouldn't.

Just sit back and relax man, Manning will answer any questions you have soon enough.  If Manning eventually tells us he's going to play and not taking any more risk then every other qb does then that's the truth and all you need to know.  If Manning doesn't play again and he retires, then he's not fully healed and you'll know that as well.

It's really that simple... 

Since: Aug 29, 2006
Posted on: February 1, 2012 6:49 pm

Peyton Manning talks: 'I really feel good'

I was listening to Sirius NFL Network this afternoon and the topic of Peyton Manning came up.  Former players Christian Okoye (who has undergone neck surgery in the last 18 months), Solomon Wilcots, and a couple of physicians at the Super Bowl site were concluding:

1. severe stenosis. The narrowing of the spinal cord at the neck is what ended the career of Cooper Manning at Ole Miss.  The fear with stenosis is that another hit could cause paralysis.

2. nerve damage

3. nerve degeneration in the right arm and hand

No physician at the Super Bowl believes that he's going to play again.  3 surgeries in 19 months causes a BIG red flag as to "why?"  They were flat saying it and not hinting around the margins like you commonly hear and read in the media.  I've long said that I don't want him to play again and would not want to be watching THE game where he's hit and paralyzed.        
;     &nbs

Since: Nov 10, 2010
Posted on: February 1, 2012 2:34 pm

Peyton Manning talks: 'I really feel good'

Peyton come on down to DC baby! You can bring Reggie Wayne and Jeff Saturday with you we need WR and O-line help anyway why not bring those guys in too. THEN instead of trading up for a QB stay put and draft some elite defensive talent to add to a soon-to-be great, already good, defense. No more will have you have to put up 35 points to have to win so you don't even have to be as good as you were before, control the clock cause your the smartest QB in the league still. You have a better J-Addai in Roy Helu and the O-line isn't that bad, sack #'s def inflated because of how long their QB's held onto the balland they also played the Giants, Cowboys and Eagles D-line which are all top 10.

Please Peyton use your head, Arizona? You can't go there you have tried good offense bad defense for way to long. Miami? They got to go Flynn, his old O-Cordinator and no way Peyton or the Colts want him to stay in the AFC especially the East and play Brady 2 times a year, so there go the Jets, not like I think he would even want to go into that sh1t-show of a locker room. Whos left, the 9ers? they are gonna foolishly keep Smitty. Seahawks, maybe but would he choose Seattle over DC, my gut says no. Shanahan I think can really bring him in here if he wants to, which I think is anyones guess as to whether or not he wants to. GO SKINS!    

Since: Dec 14, 2007
Posted on: February 1, 2012 1:06 pm

Peyton Manning talks: 'I really feel good'

Sorry Will, but did you check with Rob Lowe? You need the real scoop here....ROTFL...

Since: Dec 22, 2011
Posted on: February 1, 2012 12:00 pm

Peyton Manning talks: 'I really feel good'

I believe where there is smoke there is fire.   Irsay has cleaned house *sign #1 he's ready to rebuild* Peyton comes out first and says he doesn't recognize the place *sign #2 he's gone* Irsay and Peyton have a magic huggy feel good love fest that says they are many times as sports fans do we hear this phrase "I would like to and/or want to finish my career in ____________, where I started." vs how many of them actually follow through.  Peyton says he's not retiring but he's not renegotiating his bonus either...Colts front office made the decision weeks ago to move on without peyton now peyton and his fans better get ready to have their team and move on from Peyton as well because that's what will happen money or not. 

Since: Jun 25, 2009
Posted on: February 1, 2012 10:16 am

Peyton Manning talks: 'I really feel good'

, the nerves in the arm/shoulder are still not completely healed. in fact the healing is significantly behind schedule and peyton basically can't do anything more than thrown nerf-like footballs. how long will it be before peyton can throw like an NFL QB is supposed to throw, no one knows, but the nerves aren't going to magically heal in the next 2-3 weeks.

The nerves aren't going to heal in 2-3 weeks?  Good thing it's about 6 months before he even has to play a pre-season game..... 

Everbody is so focused on that 28 million dollar bonus it's getting ridiculous.  That bonus doesn't mean a damn thing guys.

Indi isn't going to pay the bonus, at best they'll try and trade him before it's due.  If that doesn't work they'll cut Manning and he'll be free to sign anywhere he feels like playing.  And believe me, there will be plenty of teams willing to pony up huge dollars for Peyton Manning.  Injury or not they'll take their chances.  If the doctors predict Manning will be fine by September you're going to see teams create a bidding war for this guy.  He might not get a 28 million dollar signing bonus but he'll get a ton of money, don't kid yourselves. 

Since: Jun 25, 2009
Posted on: February 1, 2012 10:10 am

Peyton Manning talks: 'I really feel good'

Can somebody please answer this - If Peyton truly wants to finish his career with the Colts could he not re-negotiate all or part of the upcoming 28 million to a later date, and subject to his passing independent health screen? I think the Colts want to keep Manning - they just don't want to take a 28 million dollar gamble. I doubt that any other team is going to take a 28 million dollar gamble either. They would make his salary based on health and incentives.

The Colts and Manning have a contract, it calls for 28 million dollars to be paid very soon.  The Colts have 3 choices and one of those choices isn't to extend a deadline.  Choice number 1 is to pay the 28 million and Manning remains a Colt.  Choice number 2 is to try and trade Manning to another team prior to the date the option bonus is due.  Finally choice number 3 is the Colts can cut Manning.

COULD Manning extend the deadline?  Sure he can.  But why would he?  By extending the deadline this means he doesn't get to speak with other teams and find out what others are willing to pay to secure his services.  Why would Manning be so stupid and do that? I could see doing that if there is a side deal between Irsay and Manning saying the Colts are going to try and trade him somewhere else and that Manning is going to be allowed to help determine where he plays.  Other then that, no other way Manning would extend anything.

Finally, it doesn't matter what Manning wants, he's not staying in Indianapolis.  Not for 28 million and not for 8 million dollars.  The Colts want Andrew Luck, they can't have both Luck and Manning on the field at the same time.  Luck has no interest in backing up Manning for a couple years, not at all.  Luck can start next season for probably 5 to 10 other teams in the NFL, why on earth would he agree to sign a contract with a team that's going to have him holding a clipboard?  I know you guys think Manning is so great he can take Luck under his wing and mentor Luck, but who said Luck wants to watch Manning play?

The only question right now is how exactly this all goes down.  Do the Colts just cut Manning? Do they trade Manning before the bonus is due?  Do they "sign and trade" Manning?  Nobody knows the answers to those questions.  Well, maybe Irsay and Manning already know the answer but the media doesn't know for sure yet so we don't know anything either. 


Since: Sep 12, 2007
Posted on: February 1, 2012 10:09 am

Peyton Manning talks: 'I really feel good'

I'm getting very tired of "journalists" trying desperately to create conflict or suspense where none exists.  Such as:  "...silence during the early part of the week...".  Manning did the interview on Tuesday; isn't that still the 'early' part of the week?    "...emerged from hniding...".  Manning didn't do interviews on Sunday or Monday, so that means he was in 'hiding'?  Maybe, just maybe he was rehabing.  "...Manning believes Irsay will make that decision before the March 8 deadline..."  When did Manning say that?  What Manning said was "I think the sooner the better..."  .

Someone on here already said it best:  read/listen to what Manning says, not what some 'journalist' interpreted.  People in Indy and "sports writers" across the nation need to read/listen to what Manning says, and NOT pay any attention to what Bob LetMeRunOutsideAnCheckWhichWayTheWi

ndIsBlowingRightNow Kravitz, the Indianapolis Star's sports "columnist" writes.

Since: Jul 26, 2009
Posted on: February 1, 2012 10:06 am

Peyton Manning talks: 'I really feel good'

Hoping Peyton Manning is feeling good and does make it back to play in the NFL, he is a class act and a great player.  I don't believe that he will be in Indy next year, but at the same time he can easily afford to take a year off and comeback fully recovered after a year off.

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