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Peyton 'doubtful' for Week 1, won't practice

Posted on: September 5, 2011 11:31 am
Edited on: September 5, 2011 12:02 pm
Posted by Will Brinson

Peyton Manning's been the story of the NFL preseason thus far, thanks to a complicated neck surgery he underwent 15 weeks ago and the slow process which which he's recovered.

It became a bigger story on Monday when the Colts announced that not only has his rehab "slowed," but that Manning won't practice leading up to the Week 1 game against the Texans and will be listed as "doubtful" on the official injury report.

"During the last week, the rate of improvement in Peyton’s rehabilitation process slowed," the Colts said in a statement released by the team Monday. "Over the weekend Peyton experienced soreness in his back. It was originally thought to be a normal reaction to his rehabilitation regimen. When the soreness persisted, the Colts medical team decided to initiate diagnostic tests and to consult with a number of specialists around the country who have been involved in Peyton’s case from the outset. That process continues.

"As a result of the most recent development the doctors have decided that Peyton will not practice. His participation therefore, in Sunday’s game versus Houston will likely be doubtful. We will update his playing status as required by NFL policy as the week goes on."

The Colts also added that "the end date" of Peyton's recovery "is unpredictable" and that "it serves no useful purpose to speculate about hypothetical outcomes."

Which is precisely what I'll do right now: it doesn't look good for Peyton playing.

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That seems insane, but, hey it's been a busy day for Indy, who also announced that new gameday consultant Jim Tressel would serve a non-suspension suspension for the first six games of the season.

And it's still entirely possible that Peyton does play in Week 1 against Houston. Here's the logic for why he won't: Indianapolis has 16 games they'll play this season, and while the first one against Houston is extremely important, it won't decide the fate of their 2011 season.

Additionally, the newest backup in town, Kerry Collins, has seen the Texans a time or two in his career. And while he's just 3-4 against Houston (which probably won't impress at least one of his wide receivers) he has completed 53.8 percent of his passes for 1,550 yards in seven games while throwing for six touchdowns and nine interceptions.

Those aren't Peyton Manning numbers, of course, but they're also not Curtis Painter numbers either.

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Since: Aug 11, 2007
Posted on: September 5, 2011 3:31 pm

Peyton 'doubtful' for Week 1, won't practice


Since: May 21, 2009
Posted on: September 5, 2011 2:45 pm

Peyton 'doubtful' for Week 1, won't practice

Do I care if he breaks Brett Favre's record for consecutive games played?
Brent Favre's consecutive starting record is a farce. I watched him in one game go in and play a series just handing the ball off a few times. Even the announcers said: "Oh he'll start just to keep his streak going." Then he was out and replaced by the back-up. It should have been the back-up's start, not Favre's. Manufactured records like that cheapen the game, and soil the recordbook. He did it again when he laid down and gave Strahan his sack that broke Gastineau's record. Both records should be wiped from the record book, or at the very least receive an asterisk. While I respect both Brent Favre and Strahan for their accomplishments, both of them have a record that a real sports fan should be ashamed of.
 Just because everyone except me hated Gastineau, is no reason to bastardize the record book. There may be honor in sports still, but Favre doesn't have any of it.

Since: Sep 22, 2006
Posted on: September 5, 2011 2:06 pm

Peyton 'doubtful' for Week 1, won't practice

Seems to me like Peyton would have been better served leaving the lawsuit to others and having neck surgery when the season ended in better hopes of being ready for football.

Since: Aug 31, 2008
Posted on: September 5, 2011 12:39 pm

Peyton 'doubtful' for Week 1, won't practice

I hope that Peyton doesn't play until he's one hundred percent healthy. Do I care if he breaks Brett Favre's record for consecutive games played? No! The only thing I care for is his complete recovery. As a Colts fan I could care less about anything to do with hurrying up Peyton's return to the line-up until he and the medical personnel decides it's a go to play!

The Colts need to start thinking about the future of the quarterback position, because Painter is not the answer! Peyton has four to five good years left in him. The Colts need to look into the future starting yesterday!

Peyton don't come back until you know it's right. Don't hurry up the process, just to be hurt even more! Without you we will be lucky to win five to six games this year, but your health is more important than this years win/loss totals.

Since: Oct 27, 2007
Posted on: September 5, 2011 12:37 pm

Peyton 'doubtful' for Week 1, won't practice

For all the advancement in medicine, heart and spinal surgeries haven't been exactly revolutionary. People with heart attacks are relative invalids. People with spinal injuries are handicapped and subject to too much optimisim. They only tell us about the one in thousands who get out of the wheel chair and jog one block.

Something is dreadfully wrong with Peyton. The NFL and the Colts aren't coming clean, they have to sell tickets in Foxboro, Houston and Baltimore. Is anyone going to scalp tickets to see Curtis Painter, or a -by-then-injured Kerry Collins?

The other point is comical! The Colts are Peyton Manning. No team is giving up the chance to draft Andrew Luck, for anything less than the owner's first born. Exactly who wants to help the Colts ensure another decade of superiority -- The Baltimore Ravens -- HA HA HA.  

Since: Sep 2, 2006
Posted on: September 5, 2011 12:31 pm

Peyton 'doubtful' for Week 1, won't practice

Sems like Godell's goo buddy Irsay took him off the hook on the Tressel thng. A whole new can of wors would have opened if Tressel was not suspended. If Rosenhaus had taken the commissioner to court on the Pryor suspension, Godell would have lost.

Since: Sep 4, 2011
Posted on: September 5, 2011 12:22 pm
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Since: Mar 16, 2009
Posted on: September 5, 2011 12:22 pm

Peyton 'doubtful' for Week 1, won't practice

Brett Favre!  Painter, Collins or Favre?  Easy choice.  The NFL always loves drama and who better to spell Manning, than the record holder for consecutive games?  I know it will not happen, but it would be fun, and I am sure Wayne would not complain.

Since: Jan 8, 2010
Posted on: September 5, 2011 12:21 pm

Peyton 'doubtful' for Week 1, won't practice

Short memory. Up until a few days ago it was Chris Johnson.

You think that a possible holdout by Chris Johnson, which everyone knew was never going to happen and seemingly occurs with one or two big-name players every year, is a bigger story than an ongoing, mysterious injury to the most recognized face of the game?

That's just retarded.  

Since: Sep 30, 2009
Posted on: September 5, 2011 11:55 am

Colts: Peyton's rehab 'slowed,' won't practice

's been the story of the NFL preseason thus far
Short memory. Up until a few days ago it was Chris Johnson.

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