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Report: Peyton can't 'throw the ball to his left'

Posted on: February 9, 2012 1:24 pm
Edited on: February 9, 2012 3:16 pm
Manning reportedly can't throw the ball to his left. (Getty Images)
By Will Brinson

On Wednesday evening, Ryan Wilson passed along a report that Peyton Manning's arm "is a noodle." That description was not complimentary. And neither is the the description of Manning from NFL Network's Michael Lombardi.
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Lombardi, appearing with Bill Simmons on "The BS Report," said that Manning "can't throw the ball to his left." Ruh-roh.

"I've talked to people who have caught the ball for him," Lombardi said. "He can't throw the ball to his left. He can't throw the ball across his body because he doesn't feel it. People that catch the ball for him say that he doesn't really have the velocity on the ball yet."

Maybe Peyton's just not an ambi-thrower? Eh, that seems unlikely, since we have a reasonable sample size to back up Peyton's ability to throw all over the field. Instead maybe it's possible that the "noodle" report and the "can't throw the ball to his left" report are just really one and the same.

Right now, the strength of the nerves in Manning's arms simply aren't built up enough to throw the ball well. That's bad news for Manning's future, but the good news is that Manning has a month to continue rehabbing and prove that he's healthy enough to play in the NFL.

If he's shown improvement with the strength and velocity on his throws by March 8, it's possible Jim Irsay will keep him on the Colts. (It's possible. Just not likely.) And if Irsay doesn't keep Manning, then Peyton will have until March 13 to prove to teams he's improving enough to step in and produce in 2012.

Of course, if reports are still circulating about Manning's lack of arm strength at that time, it might not matter.

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Since: Sep 14, 2008
Posted on: February 12, 2012 12:12 pm

Report: Peyton can't 'throw the ball to his left'

One bad hit won't ruin his career, more like his adult life!!

Since: Feb 11, 2009
Posted on: February 12, 2012 7:19 am

Report: Peyton can't 'throw the ball to his left'

I'm also doubtful of these so-call NFL insiders.  How many people really are privy to information about Manning's true status both as an athlete in rehabilitation and a part of the Colts organization.  I am so tired of the "what I'm hearing is..."  Can we just stick to what is really known - if that's nothing, then don't publish anything.  Decision time will be here soon enough.

Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: February 12, 2012 4:06 am

Report: Peyton can't 'throw the ball to his left'

These NFL insiders are wrong so often.  I don't trust anyone with sources that won't let them use their name.  It would be a lot easier if Peyton would release a video of his workouts then experts can judge for themselves.  Peyton is an information control freak.  I live in Indy and no one new that his wife was pregnant until two days after the twins were born.  He gave permission to the doctors to release their statements because a doctor cannot speak of anyones condition without permission.  His agent never speaks to the press until all of the interviews during SB week.  It would have made everyone a little less suspicious if he would just say his arm is ok instead of it is progressing.

Since: Feb 7, 2010
Posted on: February 11, 2012 6:03 pm

Report: Peyton can't 'throw the ball to his left'

I dont think Peyton Manning should return. It's just too dangerous. He had neck surgery and it is likley that he is not fully recovered in that area. Just one good hit could ruin his carrer. Coach maybe, but not a player.

Since: Jan 2, 2010
Posted on: February 11, 2012 2:06 am

Report: Peyton can't 'throw the ball to his left'

Realistically, peyton Manning is the Colts.  Without him, they will stink for an undetermined amount of time regardless.  It's painfully obvious the fans aren't ready for it either; I can tell.  Salary cap, money, or the fans? The fans, fool!  As far as the debate on "medical expertise," I believe what a doctor does for one person will kill the mother fucker next to 'em.  Everyone's different, and while there are plenty of scrub doctors out there, PEYTON MANNING IS A GROWN MAN and will make his own decisions for himself!  It's his body, his career, his legacy, and his choice!  If he goes out there for whatever team and fucks his body up and everyone hates him for it, Frank Sinatra, he did it his way!

Since: Nov 17, 2006
Posted on: February 10, 2012 3:15 pm

Report: Peyton can't 'throw the ball to his left'

My wife is a physical rehab nurse at one of the best hospitals in the Chicago area.  She says that he is taking a terrible risk if he returns to the field.  I don't know how he's throwing now.  My sense is that he may be, by the beginning of next year, able to throw well again.  On the other hand, if he gets hurt again, he could spend his life in a wheelchair the way Darryl Stingley did.

Since: Mar 12, 2008
Posted on: February 10, 2012 2:40 pm

Report: Peyton can't 'throw the ball to his left'

Hey, he already got $26M "for services rendered" this past season. So now, give him another $28M whether he can actually play or not? That would be the definition of throwing good money after bad. As for medically cleared to play football vs. being able to play at a level resembling his past performance, those are two separate issues. No doubt it's a big part of the reason his Colt's career is over and unless another team comes up with a "creative" contract that doesn't somehow "disrespect" what Peyton Manning has done for the NFL he may be finished period. I can't imaging any team giving him a ton of guaranteed money in March. If he keeps working from now until just before training camps open, maybe he'll be able to re-establish his ability to perform as a pro quarterback, not just go out on the field an collect a paycheck.

Since: Aug 30, 2007
Posted on: February 10, 2012 2:25 pm

Report: Peyton can't 'throw the ball to his left'

Man, it cracks me up how many of you think you know more than the doctors.  Look, he's been cleared to play.  The doctors don't see the risk you apparently do or they wouldn't risk clearing him and the mega lawsuit it would spark if he did get hit and ended up in a wheelchair
Amen. The amount of medical opionions based on "I've had this surgery", or "I had nerve damage", and "don't risk being in a wheelchair", is staggering. Everyone is an expert or has an expert opinion. All very funny. More to the point. Chris Mortenson from ESPN just contradicted this report about Peytons arm stating that "He is throwing the ball well, hitting 25yard outs to the sideline and his arm rehab is at or ahead of schedule and he expects him to be at 100% well before the start of the season." This was after Mortenson watched Peyton throw the ball, in person, within the past few days.

Since: Oct 24, 2011
Posted on: February 10, 2012 2:19 pm

Report: Peyton can't 'throw the ball to his left'

There has been a lot of press about the Titans pursuing Peyton Manning.  I think this proves that the Titans Front Office is taking the right approach with sticking with Hasselbeck for the short term and Locker for the long term.  No doubt, Peyton is one of the greatest QBs to play the game, but at this point in time his health is uncertain (even if this turns out to be false) AND he is still under contract to the Colts today.  Last year was a transition year for the Titans and they should stay the course

Since: Nov 11, 2006
Posted on: February 10, 2012 2:15 pm

Report: Peyton can't 'throw the ball to his left'

The $28M is a drop in the bucket for what Peyton has done for Indy.  Look at the pre-Peyton years.  Anyone can see the difference he makes to the team.  The team was totally built around the quarterback.  Can't run the ball or play defense other than rush the passer, which is not as effective when the team is losing by 10 points.  Without Peyton and Wayne, the Colts will be in the top 5 in the 2013 draft again.  Can Luck be great?  Who knows.  If he struggles and consistently gets pummelled, he may become David Carr. 
Agreed that $28 million would be fine to pay Peyton for services already rendered.  The problem no one seems to get is that the money isn't the issue, the salary cap is.  Paying such a huge percentage of your salary to someone you're not even sure is going to play will ruin a team faster than playing a rookie QB with youngsters surrounding him.

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