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Manning's progress slow, manages to zing Simms

Posted on: November 3, 2011 2:37 pm
ManningPosted by Josh Katzowitz

Peyton Manning gave a surprise interview to the local press Thursday, and the conclusion to draw from the briefing is that the progress with his neck seems a little stagnated. Which obviously isn’t highly positive. And considering his neck still hasn’t fused, progress is going slowly for the Colts MVP (this year and every year, apparently).

"Not a whole lot to report,” he told reporters, including the Indianapolis Star. “Still waiting for the fusion to take place. That takes place, they thought, between two and three months. Still going slow with that.

“I still have some of the same issues I had before the fusion as far as the nerves and the regeneration. Still dealing with that, the idea being that this surgery gave me the most stability for the nerves to regenerate. That’s still a process there.”

Manning said there really isn’t a timeline to his recovery. Instead, it’s more like a series of checkpoints, the next of which occurs Dec. 1. That’s when he’ll be three months out of surgery, and doctors can determine his strength and conditioning. But for now, he can’t predict where he’ll be and when he’ll be there.

He does know this: he’d like to practice sometime this season.

“Well, the thing about it is the fact that I am on the active roster, if I were in a position, if I were cleared to practice and if I were at a strength level, conditioning level checkpoint that I were cleared, it’s the greatest venue to go out and see where you are on the practice field as opposed to having to grab a receiver off to the side and go out before walk-through or before practice,” he said. “If I was cleared and able to do that, it would be nice to be able to do that, to go out and participate in a team practice where everything is right there with you, even though you probably couldn’t do everything. So, that’s a hope and a wish.”

But as far as playing this year? You’ve got to think there’s absolutely no chance of it happening.

Manning’s sense of humor, though, is still there. You might recall that CBS/Showtime analyst Phil Simms said recently that Andrew Luck didn’t have an NFL arm. Naturally, reporters asked Manning about that, since the Colts, assuming they have the No. 1 draft pick next year, could take him as Manning’s eventual replacement.

“Yeah, I don’t talk to Phil. Phil doesn’t talk to me,” Manning said. “He did text me after that, saying ‘Hey, sorry to drag your name into this.’ I wrote back, ‘Phil I don’t know what you’re talking about.’ He said, ‘Well on my show, Inside the NFL, I made this statement.’ I said, ‘Phil, I hate to break it to you, but I don’t watch your show, along with a lot of other people that I don’t think watch that show.’ Giving himself a little more credit than probably was merited.”


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Since: Mar 18, 2009
Posted on: November 5, 2011 10:04 am

Manning's progress slow, manages to zing Simms

Simms has 2 rings, but only won one of them.  He played very little during the season in which Jeff Hostetler won the Super Bowl.  If I'm not mistaken, Damon Huard and Rohan Davey also have 2 rings.  Nice company to be in for Simms, who is by no means 'a really good tv analyst for CBS.'  I also would not say that he was 'a very good Quarterback.'  He had his moments, however, and performed extremely well in the lone Super Bowl that he did play in.  The true test of greatness is an induction into Canton, however, it's unlikely that Simms will ever get the nod in that regard, having been retired now for some 18 years.  In my opinion, he's lucky to have a booth job, because he's not good at it and a lot of people struggle and force themselves to listen to him.  Personally, unless it's a must-see game in which he's appearing, I'll watch other games because it's just too painful to put up with him.

Since: Oct 2, 2011
Posted on: November 4, 2011 12:03 pm

Manning's progress slow, manages to zing Simms

Inside the NFL ?  What channel is that on anyway ? No one watches it Phil... dont worry about it.

Since: Sep 25, 2009
Posted on: November 4, 2011 11:59 am

Manning's progress slow, manages to zing Simms

I am missing something here.  If Simms spoke about Luck's arm, what does that have to do with Manning?  How did Simms drag his name in?  If I mention something about unemployment rates, does that mean I am talking about Ben Bernanke? 

Since: Oct 11, 2006
Posted on: November 4, 2011 11:14 am

Manning's progress slow, manages to zing Simms

Moonshine - Sorry that looks like a pick 6 for an decent safety in the NFL.

Since: Oct 18, 2007
Posted on: November 4, 2011 11:12 am

Manning's progress slow, manages to zing Simms

Simms is a horrible broadcaster.

Since: Nov 2, 2006
Posted on: November 4, 2011 10:54 am

Manning's progress slow, manages to zing Simms

This is an NFL arm.

Since: Sep 29, 2010
Posted on: November 4, 2011 10:49 am

Manning's progress slow, manages to zing Simms

you may not like Phil Simms but he was a very good quarterback who won has two super bowl rings and is a really good tv analyst for cbs. Peyton is just a goofball. Have we seen the last of Peyton Manning as we know him??

Since: Nov 4, 2011
Posted on: November 4, 2011 10:32 am

Manning's progress slow, manages to zing Simms

Phil Simms is the Tim McCarver of football analysts.  There are times when it sounds like neither of them have ever played the game they are talking about.  Its painful listening to either of them.

Since: Apr 4, 2008
Posted on: November 4, 2011 9:18 am

Manning's progress slow, manages to zing Simms

This is just another example of Peyton's class.  He's so genuine and sincere.  He can rip Simms and not use a singe derogatory phrase.  We need more players like him in the League.  Thank you Peyton, for proving someone can be great and not shove it down everybody's throat.  The Colts nation misses you!

Since: Aug 30, 2007
Posted on: November 4, 2011 8:51 am

Manning's progress slow, manages to zing Simms

The reason Phil feels so important is because he has Jim Nantz sitting next to him staring at him all star struck and giving him hand jobs between commercials. I love Peytons honesty. He let him know what he thought of him without being a blatant jackoff, like Phil.

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