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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: Nov 27, 2006
Posted on: February 10, 2012 11:03 am

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

Its not the arm strengh to worry about, he'll get that back.  It's the head, and Peyton's head is still worth platinum.

Since: Aug 19, 2006
Posted on: February 10, 2012 10:57 am

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

Everyone just needs to relax.  Right now, his arm still isn't right.  If things don't get better, he will retire.  It might be June before he makes a decision, it all depends on if and when his arm gets to where it needs to be.  No point in speculating where he will sign until he is actually capable of playing.  Either the rehab improves his arm strength and feel enough by June that he can play, or it doesn't.  He might be fine in a month, he might never be capable of playing qb at the NFL level again.

Since: Sep 20, 2006
Posted on: February 10, 2012 10:56 am

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

when i look at medical reports day in and day out, i see my share of cervical injuries that can be life threatening, yet alone career ending.  people that are peyton's age have NEVER, repeat NEVER returned to what's called "pre-morbid" state.  pre-morbid indicating pre-injury status.  i think i agree with some of the sentiment of other sportsline commentators in the fact that he may have in fact dodged a bullet not ending up as a paraplegic needing someone to wipe his A** for him.  unfortunately that's how it goes.  now i deal with third party and workers' compensation injuries, and it could for all intents and purposes be that they have nothing to return to work for, even if they reach 90% of pre-morbid status, they're going back to work for a 1000 dollar a week paycheck before taxes if they're lucky.  most take their settlement and run...  honestly, if i'm peyton, i've won a superbowl.  i've been an MVP.  I've attained the greatest achievements in football.  i'm hanging up the cleats.  particularly when you examine the FACT that one monster hit could render you without the function of your legs, your arms and your GI system.   now another unknown is the quality of the physician and the exact injuries that he sustained.  i'm not aware of either... but in all honesty, is there some "super neurosurgeon" out there that's heads and shoulders above the rest of the medical world and has the ability to restore peyton to full function?  who knows.  i think the answer for me if i'm peyton is simple... i had a good run, and it's not ending the way i want, but i've made a boatload of cash and it's time to walk away while i still can.  best of luck peyton if you do play again, i hope to god i don't have to watch you carried off the field.  

Since: May 27, 2011
Posted on: February 10, 2012 10:54 am

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

Offer him $14 million to throw to his right!!Money mouth

Since: Feb 8, 2008
Posted on: February 10, 2012 10:49 am

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

NY fans have zero loyalty.  Four games into next season they'll want to fire Coughlin again.  NY fans are the worst.  

Since: Aug 19, 2006
Posted on: February 10, 2012 10:48 am

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

March 8...March 13??  Actually, it seems to me he has until July or so to get his arm strength and feel up to a competent level in order to play this year.  Of course, the sooner he can prove he is healthy, the sooner teams (including the Colts) can make a decision about him.  If he is 80% and improving a month from now, then interest should be very high and he can likely command a good deal after the Colts let him go.  If he is still really struggling, then he will probably choose to wait until June or later as he continues his rehab.  The longer it takes him to get healthy, the less money he gets....but at this point in his career, I doubt it is that much about the money.  He just wants to be healthy and take a couple more shots at a Super Bowl.

Since: Dec 19, 2007
Posted on: February 10, 2012 10:32 am

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

Let's discuss this in March when Peyton will have to work out for some team other then the Colts.  I love J-E-T-S fans so willing to throw Sanchez under the bus.  No loyality in the Big Apple.

I listen to the NFL on Radio and almost every team without a franchise QB thinks Peyton is the answer.  Even some 49er fans want Peyton over Smith - Crazy stuff.

BTW - Peyton's record in playoff games is weak.  He calls all his plays and a complete change of offensive philosophy comes with him.  Also you have to have a really good Tight End in his game.

So Dolphin, Skins, JET, 49er, AZ, Jag, Viking fan and who ever else out there thinks Peyton is the road to the Super Bowl - be careful what you wish for!

Since: Aug 30, 2010
Posted on: February 10, 2012 10:06 am

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

He has been throwing a football for a couple of months after eigh
t or nine months of inactivity.  This is normal.  Quarterbacks get "noodle arm" in training camp.  This, again, is not news.  Everyone please get use to this...Payton Manning starting for the colts week one and playing every game and every snap next year.  Andrew Luck will be our backup quarterback and will remain our backup quarterback until Manning retires - as a colt.  What I can't wait for is the media claiming next training camp that Peyton is taking all the snaps in practice because he doesn't want Luck to take his job.  This will actually be news to the media.  News flash, Peyton Manning ALWAYS takes the first team snaps.  ALL of them!!!  And he will continue doing so for a few more years.

Since: Jan 10, 2010
Posted on: February 10, 2012 9:58 am

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

u should read the post 1st b4 declaring "no concrete proof"

Since: Oct 20, 2008
Posted on: February 10, 2012 9:57 am

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

Sounds like Peyton Manning is destined to be traded to the Redskins.  After all, they revel in signing washed-up, broken arm quarterbacks- remember when they turned Mark Brunell into a superstar again?  No ?  Well, remember when they signed him anyway?  I'm sure even now, Danny Snyder is demanding that Mike Shanahan trade all the team's draft picks for the next 3 years to get Peyton...

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