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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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StiffLeftJab
Since: Feb 1, 2012
Posted on: February 9, 2012 3:29 pm
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Since: Apr 21, 2009
Posted on: February 9, 2012 3:28 pm
 

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

There's no reason for him to risk his health by coming back. He's got tons of money, has a ring, and has been MVP 4 times. Don't risk it.



he has 10 million reasons a year to come back. and just think of the awesome protection the redskins o-line will provide! they are solid as a rock! 



Since: Feb 8, 2008
Posted on: February 9, 2012 3:19 pm
 

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

There's no reason for him to risk his health by coming back. He's got tons of money, has a ring, and has been MVP 4 times. Don't risk it.



Since: Apr 21, 2009
Posted on: February 9, 2012 3:10 pm
 

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

Sounds like he is on his way to being a Redskin! 



Since: Sep 25, 2009
Posted on: February 9, 2012 2:51 pm
 

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

Lets line up some reporters about 5yrds away on Peyton left and have them take some balls to the face. Then they can report with real first hand knowledge of how "noodle armed" he is and how much zip/velocity he is putting on the ball.
I like this idea.



Since: Aug 30, 2007
Posted on: February 9, 2012 2:50 pm
 

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

Lets line up some reporters about 5yrds away on Peyton left and have them take some balls to the face. Then they can report with real first hand knowledge of how "noodle armed" he is and how much zip/velocity he is putting on the ball.



Since: Dec 18, 2006
Posted on: February 9, 2012 2:28 pm
 

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

Stop treating Manning as if he is Ryan Leaf. I hope Irsay give up on Manning so that some team will pick him up and when they play the Colts, Manning will have his best game as a pro. Irsay is treating him like as if there's a Peyton Manning like quality player comes out from college on a yearly basis.I think Irsay and some of you haters are forgetting the fact that without Peyton, the Colts would probably be playing in the Canadian league by now. All I know is there's 210 days to go before the season starts, anything can happen from now till than. Peyton is a well condition athelete, I'm sure he will do anything and everything to be back on the football field. The only time I expect him to quit trying is when the doctors tells him his neck injury will not allowed him to play football ever again.



Since: Dec 4, 2011
Posted on: February 9, 2012 2:28 pm
 

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

The media is turning him into the next Brett Favre.

I agree 100% with this. It's getting as annoying as it can be. I am beginning to skip every possible article on Peyton as it probably adds nothing of value to what we already know.



Since: Nov 19, 2006
Posted on: February 9, 2012 2:08 pm
 

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

There is an easy solution for this problem.......just line all the wide outs up on the right......problem solved. Mannings been throwing the football for about a month now after the neck issues and we're reading articles about a lack of arm strength?........no sheeit geniuses!



Since: Feb 17, 2008
Posted on: February 9, 2012 2:00 pm
 

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

I wish TO would announce he moving to mars. Id even take up a collection to help pay for the trip. Peyton will be fine he's a stud. Just dont be fine in the NFC east please.


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