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Manning workout video may belie surgery reports

Posted on: March 3, 2012 9:18 am
Edited on: March 3, 2012 10:20 am
By Josh Katzowitz

Peyton Manning is apparently throwing, and if the below video is any indication, he looks pretty decent while doing so.

If you love discussing possible conspiracy theories and trying to break down Zapruder-like film, the video below apparently shows Manning working out at Duke University on Friday and throwing the ball all over the field.

While this isn't the first report we've had of Manning actually throwing to receivers -- he did so at the end of last season in post-practice sessions with nobody but team officials around -- this is the first time the outside world has actually seen.

It looks like it’s shot with a camera phone so the video is very vertical, and it’s way too far away to confirm that it’s actually Manning (if you like confirming something by looking at a person’s face). It also appears that the person shooting this is hiding behind some kind of structure while taping so he can’t be seen.*

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*Of course, that only adds to the conspiracy theory? Was this unauthorized video? Or is this supposed to look like unauthorized video that the Manning camp wanted in the public domain? Also, why was Manning practicing at Duke? Well, it’s because his former offensive coordinator at Tennessee, David Cutcliffe, is now the Blue Devils head coach. See, aren’t conspiracies fun?

But the motion, the drop-back, the footwork? It looks like Manning.

And from this video, Manning, in shoulder pads and a helmet, looks pretty good, bad neck and all.

So, what are we thinking? Is it Manning? Does he look good? Is this enough to change your opinion that Manning actually can play in 2012? More importantly, is it enough to convince the rest of the NFL that he’s ready to play?

According to ESPN’s Chris Mortensen, the player in the video is indeed Manning and that Manning has been seen around the Durham, N.C., area. Colts receiver Austin Collie and tight end Dallas Clark also apparently are working with Manning at Duke.

This video would fly in the face of the recent report that stated Manning might need a fourth surgery on his neck, including another potential spinal fusion.

But all of this goes to show, like with most conspiracies, we just don’t know what is true and what isn’t. This video is just another piece in the puzzle nobody, at this point, can solve.

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Since: Jun 24, 2010
Posted on: March 7, 2012 2:07 pm

Manning workout video may belie surgery reports

moonovermiami - its not they there hasnt been plenty of good Qbs to come out of the draft since peyton, it is more that none of them carried the same level of expectations -- a truly NFL ready, starting QB. a ton of great guys have come into the league since manning, but not to the same expectations. those guys had a lot more risk involved as to whether or not they would become great qbs, when it was already assumed manning would be great.

Since: Mar 2, 2012
Posted on: March 6, 2012 7:33 pm

Manning workout video may belie surgery reports

The writing says Peyton was seen in Durham, NC area. Duh! He was on national TV at Duke vs. NC game sitting next to Duke coach on Sat. in Durham!! He was going to be working out with this coach. Not exactly a secret or a conspiracy that he was in Durham!!! Being from Indy it is very clear that it is him throwing the ball.

Since: Dec 4, 2011
Posted on: March 4, 2012 9:43 pm

Manning workout video may belie surgery reports

People will never leave the guy alone and to the point of surreptitiously filming him on an apparently private session. People is obssesed about Peyton and for good reason, but this Peyton-watch ceased to be entertaining a long time ago. Talk about stalking!

Since: Sep 2, 2006
Posted on: March 4, 2012 4:19 pm

Manning workout video may belie surgery reports

As far as I know , that could be Elvis. The video proves nothing. 

Since: Mar 4, 2012
Posted on: March 4, 2012 4:05 pm

Manning workout video may belie surgery reports

If that is Manning, then why does he have a helmet on??? It makes it a lot harder to tell if it is him. But I bet not!

Since: Oct 10, 2007
Posted on: March 4, 2012 2:15 pm

Manning workout video may belie surgery reports

I read somewhere the Colts management isn't allowed to watch Manning throw? I think this tape was released for this purpose, and for the rest of the world to see. Doesn't matter, the Colts are releasing him anyway. 

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Posted on: March 4, 2012 2:07 pm
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Since: Mar 1, 2012
Posted on: March 4, 2012 1:34 pm
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Since: Feb 26, 2008
Posted on: March 4, 2012 11:57 am

Manning workout video may belie surgery reports

the aspect ratio on camera phones suck a**

Since: Aug 25, 2006
Posted on: March 4, 2012 11:22 am

Manning workout video may belie surgery reports


he played in arguable the weakest division in football for 10 yrs.

Wow. The division is so weak that the only season the Colts have WITHOUT Manning it winds up with the worst record in football despite having to play all of those teams twice.
Actually, it really has been the weakest division.  And, with it's combination of domes and warm weather, very QB friendly.  This year, the Texans have emerged as a quality team... finally.  How was Peyton before this move?  The move has certainly padded his stats quite a bit. 

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