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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: Nov 21, 2011
Posted on: February 9, 2012 7:43 pm
 

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

assassin - my thoughts exactly maybe he cant throw left but i did see him pull his jock out of his pants in a playoff game! and yes Bowie was there!



Since: Jan 23, 2009
Posted on: February 9, 2012 7:17 pm
 

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

Peyton mugged to Dolts this offseason signing that huge contract knowing he wasn't healthy.  That's why he played it quiet despite being one of the lead plaintiffs in Brady v. NFL.  Nice move, about $25 mil worth.  Now any team stupid enough to sign him (looking at you Skins and Jets) better know they're taking a HUGE gamble.



Since: Oct 14, 2011
Posted on: February 9, 2012 7:12 pm
 

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

This story and every one that belives it is an idiot,  U need to keep on walking to the left to the left. If Peyton Manning says he can play, he can play.  It is that simple.  Just because Irsay has now become drunkard senile, doesn't make Poster Boy Peyton Manning a liar. That is why all the other teams are lining up, who do you believe, the drunkard or Peyton?  Polian is gone because of the senile drunkard that likes to play with his tweeter.



Since: Dec 16, 2006
Posted on: February 9, 2012 6:59 pm
 

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

Sooo...Peyton Zoolander can't throw to the left?



Since: Sep 7, 2006
Posted on: February 9, 2012 6:59 pm
 

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

I'll say this- Just because it's a story that spawns false speculation doesn't mean it's not still a valid, news story regardless of what anybody here is saying.  If he's throwing the ball at 30-40% now, it's doubtful he's going to be all the way back by March 8th when they'll need to make their decision.  At that point it would be how long- 14 months from the date of original surgery?   It'd be nice to see him get back and play for a few more years, but I see little reason why the Colts should keep him considering they have no idea what they're getting.  28 million dollars off the book is a sound business decision. There will be time to "thank him" for his contributions later.





Since: Nov 3, 2006
Posted on: February 9, 2012 6:46 pm
 

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

Can't he just throw it to the right 3 times?

3 rights makes a left.



Since: May 18, 2011
Posted on: February 9, 2012 6:44 pm
 

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

Rush Limbaugh can't go to the left and no one cares about it. 



Since: May 16, 2011
Posted on: February 9, 2012 6:36 pm
 

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

Does anyone here actually believe that Peyton Manning won't be chased by 80% of the teams in the league if he is released by the Colts? 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. No kidding. He just had major reconstructive surgery on his neck. It may take him until training camp to get completly healthy.



Since: Jan 15, 2007
Posted on: February 9, 2012 5:53 pm
 

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

Meh, all this speculation is meant to confuse and throw interested parties off the trail. Test him in early March and get a definitive answer...



Since: Nov 4, 2008
Posted on: February 9, 2012 5:43 pm
 

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

From a sufferer of nerve damage, if the nerves have not returned to normal after 2 yrs, they will not return to normal.


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