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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: Jan 16, 2007
Posted on: February 9, 2012 9:50 pm
 

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

He never had a great arm to begin with. His arm strength was overrated. Incredibly so. If he can continue to recover I think he'll be fine because of how great a QB he is.



Since: Jan 12, 2008
Posted on: February 9, 2012 9:41 pm
 

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

Hmmmm.......Derek Zoolander couldn't turn to his left.



Since: Jan 16, 2009
Posted on: February 9, 2012 9:20 pm
 

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

This store is getting old..
it reminds me of the whole Brett Favre off season thing.
Manning is going to play.. 


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Since: Feb 9, 2012
Posted on: February 9, 2012 9:10 pm
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Since: Jan 7, 2007
Posted on: February 9, 2012 8:47 pm
 

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

The Colts should step up and release him if that is what they are leaning towards.  Odds are its going to happen.  This soap opera ends only when the ties are cut.



Since: Dec 17, 2011
Posted on: February 9, 2012 8:39 pm
 

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

One good hit and his career is over.

Exactly.  And the rest of his life might suck too.  Aside from being 'worth it' to whatever team he ends up on, is it worth it to him?  Is this some kind of weird sibling rivalry playing out here?




Since: May 6, 2009
Posted on: February 9, 2012 8:24 pm
 

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

Hopefully he will be able to come preseason or first regular season game.



Since: Sep 15, 2006
Posted on: February 9, 2012 8:17 pm
 

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

This is such non-news. The general recovery time for the surgery that Peyton Manning had is basically a full year. Maybe a little less, with the benefit of an NFL-caliber training staff. Peyton had surgery only around six months ago.

You'll notice that none of these articles make any claim that Peyton is behind schedule. They don't quote doctors, or trainers, or any medical staff. Manning only started throwing recently after coming back from major surgery; of course his arm strength isn't back completely yet.



Since: Mar 10, 2007
Posted on: February 9, 2012 7:58 pm
 

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

One good hit and his career is over.  Time to leave the game in one piece.



Since: Feb 25, 2009
Posted on: February 9, 2012 7:48 pm
 

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

It's pretty surprising to see the media in Indy turn on the guy this quickly, dropping all of these rumors that he can't throw anymore.
Surprising? The only thing the media loves more than sex scandals and bashing any attempt by citizens to regain the reins of power is a fallen hero. This is just the beginning. Haven't you notice how quickly the vultures descended on Tom Brady?


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