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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: Apr 15, 2008
Posted on: February 10, 2012 9:41 am
 

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

My hunch is..it's the media in Indy saying, hey Peyton what have you done for us lately? Out with the old..in with the new. No different then when Favre was made out to be the bad guy in Green Bay for just wanting to play. There is no concrete proof.



Since: Oct 23, 2006
Posted on: February 10, 2012 9:30 am
 

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

...or my right hand.....





Since: Oct 23, 2006
Posted on: February 10, 2012 9:29 am
 

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

Sorry but if it was me I'd be taking a walk.  I'd like to feel my grand children sitting on my lap and be able to use my left hand to wipe my behind, if I so choose, when I'm 60.

There is NOTHING about football that is worth risking a permanent neurological injury.  He has already dodged a bullet.





Since: Dec 18, 2007
Posted on: February 10, 2012 9:21 am
 

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

I bet "The Sanchize" is very happy to hear this.



Since: Feb 10, 2012
Posted on: February 10, 2012 9:04 am
 

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

Hey I know a "fothead" haven't seen that term tossed around in a while!!!



Since: Jul 26, 2009
Posted on: February 10, 2012 8:50 am
 

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

I still say it will take a miracle for him to be reasdy to play next year.  Not ruling it out, ub tI believe that it's a stretch. He's probably had some sort of nerve damage and that takes a very long time to recovery. Sometimes not at all, sometimes to a functional level, but not a pre-surgery level.



Since: Apr 5, 2007
Posted on: February 10, 2012 8:48 am
 

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

C'mon look at how many years Chad Pennington started for someone.  Mannings "noodle" gotta still be stronger than that right?  ON a run-first, defensive minded team that only wants to throw 25 times a game at most, (I'm looking at you Jets) I think he's gotta be worth the shot.  He's worth it to bring on as a mentor to start for a year even if the team sucks because of it.  Peyton's gonna have value t someone, just a matter if he himself can accept he's not what he was.



Since: Aug 14, 2006
Posted on: February 10, 2012 8:46 am
 

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

What?  All he can do is throw short dump off passes?  Now he is Brady!!!!



Since: Aug 10, 2011
Posted on: February 10, 2012 6:44 am
 

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

Seeing Peyton Manning in anything other than a Colts uniform is going to be really weird.  If he doesn't sign with a contender, I think it's a mistake on his part and he should just call it quits. 



Since: May 17, 2007
Posted on: February 10, 2012 5:11 am
 

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

I keep hearing reports that this guy is done and have heard doctors who have experience with this kind of surgury say they can't talk about this particular case but other people may never regain the ability to do pre surgury!  I don't have any knowledge or experience in this matter but you have to be a fool to think your team should go any where near this guy!  It's like some people talking about Manny YES he once was a great hitter (that time is only in your memories)


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