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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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Comments

Since: Aug 30, 2011
Posted on: February 10, 2012 1:47 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. 




Since: Nov 11, 2006
Posted on: February 10, 2012 1:28 pm
 

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

Never been a Peyton Manning fan but he is a competetor and a warrior. He really needs to take a step back and consider his future after football. This is a serious injury that could leave him paralyzed. If he still doesn't have the  nerve capacity to feel lthe bal;l to throw across his body maybe that is a clue.
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.  The issue isn't paralysis, it's can he do the job.  Plain and simple.



Since: Jan 6, 2010
Posted on: February 10, 2012 12:39 pm
 

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

Peyton should simply retire, if not he will end up like Brett Favre's last year. Their entire team needs an overhaul, except for pass rushers. He might drag them into the playoffs with luck (no pun intended). But to expect anything close to a SuperBowl contender is out of the question. And, this is after he is in perfect health, which it is clear that he is not. I do not want to see him in the same shape as so many former NFLers in their 40s and 50s crippled for life or dead. Do Walter Payton and Cookie Gilchrist ring a bell? (pun intended). There is also Mike Webster, the Steelers center in the Super Bowl years: dead at the age of fifty after being treated for long-term brain trauma.



Since: Feb 11, 2008
Posted on: February 10, 2012 12:35 pm
 

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

said to the Steeler fan bashing NY fans



Since: Feb 11, 2008
Posted on: February 10, 2012 12:35 pm
 

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

At least they don't openly love a known rapist like a certain team in Western Pennsylvania.



Since: Feb 10, 2012
Posted on: February 10, 2012 12:28 pm
 

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

"I'm not an ambi-thrower... I can't throw left" -Peyton Zoolander




Since: Jul 26, 2009
Posted on: February 10, 2012 12:27 pm
 

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

Never been a Peyton Manning fan but he is a competetor and a warrior. He really needs to take a step back and consider his future after football. This is a serious injury that could leave him paralyzed. If he still doesn't have the  nerve capacity to feel lthe bal;l to throw across his body maybe that is a clue.



Since: Feb 17, 2008
Posted on: February 10, 2012 11:39 am
 

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

NOBODY thinks Andrew Luck is Cam Newton.  



Since: Sep 29, 2008
Posted on: February 10, 2012 11:27 am
 

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

Yes, let's all doubt Peyton Manning. What a bunch of tripe. Dude has done what to make us all act like this? Brutal "reporting" on thios topic from a bunch of idiots who think A. Luck is Cam Newton. He isn't.



Since: Jan 24, 2008
Posted on: February 10, 2012 11:10 am
 

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

Sounds like you're not willing to cope w/ reality. It's been a great run for Peyton witht the Colts. However, Irsay is running a business. Loyalty doesn't mean the bottom line isn't top priority. Not very many would be willing to $M 28 to a QB who might not have the same skills they're accusotmed to.  Sure, it'a bit early to call him washed up. Anyone knows it takes time for any muscle group to recover after so much time off. I believe he will be effective again if nereves regenerate as hoped. Just not for the Colts any longer. 


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