Tag:2012 Super Bowl
Posted on: January 30, 2012 10:01 am
Edited on: January 30, 2012 3:14 pm

Report: Peyton Manning struggling to get healthy

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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Posted on: February 7, 2011 10:24 am

2012 Super Bowl odds

Posted by Will Brinson

Well, the 2011 Super Bowl is over, and that means only one thing: time to get ready for 2012!

Okay, actually we've got a lot of housekeeping to do in between then, in terms of the combine, the Draft and this little labor situation, so perhaps that's getting a bit too far ahead of ourselves.

Still, if someone's willing to offer up 2012 Super Bowl odds (which Sportsbook.com is), then I'm willing to talk about them. The favorites:
New England -- 5:1
Green Bay -- 6:1
Pittsburgh -- 8:1
Baltimore -- 12:1
New York Jets -- 12:1
San Diego -- 12:1
Weird that Green Bay isn't favored? Um, yeah, it is. But New England was the top team in the regular season during 2010, they have a pile of draft picks and they'll likely bring everyone back.

Additionally, the Packers almost missed the playoffs, if you'll recall. (And not to rain on their parade, but can you imagine what their fans would be saying today if they hadn't made the postseason?)

The other weird thing: it's all AFC teams except Green Bay.

Oh yes, and the Chargers missed the playoffs last season. So there's that.

Don't forget that teams like the Pats and Jets are extremely popular with the public.

The next tier is interesting as well:
Atlanta -- 15:1
New York Giants -- 15:1
New Orleans -- 15:1
Philadelphia -- 15:1
Indianapolis -- 18:1
Dallas -- 18:1
Chicago -- 18:1
I can't remember the last time Peyton Manning wasn't in the top five for Super Bowl odds preseason, but I'd be willing to bet it's a long time ago.

Chicago's interesting because they're the only conference championship team that didn't get single-digit odds. Perhaps that says something about whether they can keep up their run from 2010.

Dallas, despite a terrible season, hops right back up into the top teams who are favorites. Again, the public likes Dallas, and they have tons of talent, so no one's going to get burnt by making them 30:1 or anything.

Philly's spot is a little low, I think, if only because of Michael Vick, and I might argue the same thing for a really good Atlanta team. But apparently the NFC is the second-best conference in 2011.

Just don't tell the Packers that right now.

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