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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: Jun 30, 2011
Posted on: February 9, 2012 5:37 pm
 

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

peyton is a top 5 qb.... he will get healthy again he just started throwing the ball



Since: Sep 24, 2008
Posted on: February 9, 2012 5:35 pm
 

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

Anybody else getting sick of these DAILY Manning updates?


Sure...but then we get Sissy Crosby and Tiger Woods updates......which is the lesser of three evils?



Since: Dec 17, 2011
Posted on: February 9, 2012 5:15 pm
 

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

Report: Peyton can't 'throw the ball to his left'.  It's a noodle too.

Maybe Peyton should worry about his neck.  He could wind up like Capt Christopher Pike.  Just aayin.




Since: Dec 1, 2009
Posted on: February 9, 2012 4:54 pm
 

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

I can hear the music slowing down already. There's a whole lot of coaches and GMs looking ever more nervously at those empty chairs in the middle.



Since: Feb 16, 2007
Posted on: February 9, 2012 4:42 pm
 

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

If these reports are true, I'm wondering if it's a permanent condition, that no amount of rehab could fix, or if rehab might take an extra half year.  Is there a possibility he has to take this year off, rehab like crazy for an entire year, and then come back strong? If anybody could do it, it's Peyton.  If he does come back to play, I sure hope it's the same laser arm/laser accuracy we've always seen. 



Since: Oct 21, 2009
Posted on: February 9, 2012 4:30 pm
 

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

in other news, Peyton Manning has been spotted at Brett Favre's front yard, reportedly mowing his lawn. It is very possible the Master has taken a padawan in the art of waffling.



Since: Jan 9, 2012
Posted on: February 9, 2012 4:30 pm
 

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

Peyton is done , he has a Arm like Johnny Damon !!



Since: Nov 1, 2006
Posted on: February 9, 2012 4:15 pm
 

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

Anybody else getting sick of these DAILY Manning updates?



Since: Sep 27, 2006
Posted on: February 9, 2012 4:00 pm
 

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

1. I linked to Zoolander in there!

2. The BS Report is a podcast. On ESPN. With Bill Simmons.

-- Brinson 



Since: Sep 2, 2006
Posted on: February 9, 2012 3:31 pm
 

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

can we throw some dirt on this subject? His career is over!!!!!!! He needs to admit to himself.25 yards? my 10 yr. old can throw that far


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