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Manning may miss half the season

Posted on: September 8, 2011 9:12 am
Edited on: September 8, 2011 9:55 am
After seeing Colts owner Jim Irsay's tweet that his star quarterback Peyton Manning may be "out for awhile" a source on the team explained to me the organization is preparing for Manning to miss a large swath of the season, if not all of it.

Now, to be clear: that doesn't mean Manning will miss the season but the Colts' coaches have been told to prepare the players for life without their star.

What's becoming clear is that the Colts know far more than they're saying publicly. This is not a shock considering the extreme anti-media, anti-information release mindset of Bill Polian, the team's general manager. My guess is the upper levels of the team know exactly what's going on and have decided to release information at a trickle. It seems only Irsay and his Twitter machine are willing to share information. I'm guessing Polian would like to snatch Irsay's computer out of his hands.

The source indicated that Manning has not had an additional surgery. The problem is that Manning's neck continues to heal slowly. The nerve regeneration is proceeding at a far slower pace than expected.

So the Colts are simply being cautious. They want to protect Manning's health.

But the Colts source emphasized caution in saying Manning would be gone for the year. It's been explained to the staff that Manning's neck could suddenly start healing normally and he could play.

For now, however, the Colts are preparing for the immediate future without Manning.

Category: NFL
Tags: Colts

Since: Sep 12, 2006
Posted on: September 8, 2011 1:09 pm

Manning may miss half the season

First and foremost as a die hard Pats Fan, I can not stand Satan Manning or the Colts, weird how pro sports changes everything too, as a Vols football fan I used to root for the dude, now NEVER.

Anyway I am bummed at this, the NFL needs guys like Peyton & TFB to be healthy and playing during the season.
The NFL just won't be the same and the Pats / Colts game has hardly the same feel if Manning's not playing.

I am tired of hearing how Manning's the whole Colts team though. Yeah he's huge, but let's see how old man Collins does before we write their whole season off.

Hey Colt's fans, now you know how Pats fans felt when Brady went down to an acl.
Don't jump off any bridges yet, just sit back, wait, enjoy your team, and hope for the best, it's all you can do.

Hopefully Manning's back on the field before the months up. Uh, I can't believe I just said that. ;)

Since: Jan 24, 2007
Posted on: September 8, 2011 1:07 pm

Typical Dumbass

Colts will be lucky to go 4-12. Bengals and Carolina are only wins right now. Titans will beat Colts at home and so will Jags. Browns better than Colts. If Manning does not play,4-12 at best. next time check your facts DA. 

Since: Sep 4, 2011
Posted on: September 8, 2011 1:07 pm

Manning may miss half the season

Andrew Luck welcome to Indy. I think Irsay paid Manning for what he as done for the Colts overwhat he will do for the Colts. That's ok with me when you look back at how bad that team has been,for has long has it was bad. Manning made and makes the Colts a contender every year. No other player in the league can say that, not Brady, Brees or any other QB since Montana. They have all missed the playoffs when healthy and reguarly lose to teams they should roll. Manning is the best that ever played and would make any team a superbowl contender I don,t think you can say that about anyone else currenty in the league.
The Colts probally will sit Manning for the year unless their winning and have a chance at the playoffs. I don't see that without him though.  So I think they will be the worst team or right behind the Panthers and Bengals who you'd think might let Luck go past. They'll only need to worry about Seattle that team is tanking on purpose or Pete is the stupidest man in football right now.

Since: Nov 20, 2006
Posted on: September 8, 2011 1:01 pm

Manning may miss half the season

And SPPatriots, Manning had the surgery in February, only a few weeks after the playoffs.  Know your facts before posting.

Since: Nov 20, 2006
Posted on: September 8, 2011 12:59 pm

Manning may miss half the season

Kingsfish, you are an idiot.  Even without Manning, the Colts schedule will permit 6-9 wins.  Titans, Jags twice.  Bengals, Carolina, Browns.  Probably go 7-9 or 8-8.  Get to know your facts before posting your useless drivel.

Since: Sep 18, 2009
Posted on: September 8, 2011 12:59 pm

Manning may miss half the season

The surgery that Peyton Manning had back in May was Spinal Fusion and will be out for at least 6 months, trust me. I know because I had the same procedure in 2007. It takes a while for normal people to recover let alone someone who might have a 325lb defensive lineman slam you into the ground. I also wouldnt count on seeing him return if the Colts start the season 1-6 because Indy would be stupid to risk bringing him back to finish a losing season.

Since: Jun 21, 2007
Posted on: September 8, 2011 12:58 pm

Manning may miss half the season

Putting all the petty crap about freeman aside, I would like to know why the Colts got caught seemingly flat footed on this one.  We all know that Manning has been around a while, he is a great quarterback but his game is slowing down. 

Given the surgery he had, why would the colts NOT have drafted a QB this year?  THAT should be the biggest question.  Manning may have a few more years left, but that is it.  Look how well Green Bay made the transition with Aaron Rogers after he sat on the bench for a few years.  I would have liked to see them draft Mallett out of Arkansas.

Since: Aug 23, 2010
Posted on: September 8, 2011 12:53 pm

Manning may miss half the season

I think Manning made a bad move by trying to practice but I know why he did it.  He knew he wasn't ready to play right now.  The problem is the nerve has to heel on its own and people heel differently.  So heel faster than others.  If he would have had the surgery right after the season the team doctor and trainers could have helped him recover.  This is a result of the lockout and it has Manning out for the start of the season instead of continuing his starting streak.  That's the part that sucks.Cool

Since: Nov 4, 2006
Posted on: September 8, 2011 12:50 pm

Manning may miss half the season

The Game without Manning- not the life without Manning,, he isnt dead, seriously though- having neck surgery isnt something to play with, I played football and hockey, and I cant imagine being a Pro Quarterback and expecting to continue in taking crushing blows/hits after having surgery.  I've had two major surgeries on my neck and I had to give up football and hockey, I couldnt risk being in a wheel chair for the rest of my life,...
 Payton gets paid well, and hes already been to the top... if only he had a brain,he should walk away on top.. what more does he need to prove? his Wide Recieving corps is aging,, his front line is aging... he healing process is slow.. All it will take is one nasty hit and he will lose feeling in his arms, possible hands, I personally dont know what type of surgery he had but its serious enough to keep him out for a while..

I wake up daily with aches but I get up and go to work daily...Im active but it makes me cringe thinking or seeing him on the field, he is now a vunerable target,, opposing players will do ANYTHING to knock him out of the game and yet they will say it wasn't intentional...

Payton.. I loved watching you and you are one of the best to ever play the game... talk to the older veterans.,, they will tell you.. hang uu your shoes,, become a manager, coach or ambassador -

busting up your neck will make everything else worst...

you dont want to wake up one day saying, I should have listened....

Since: Jan 24, 2007
Posted on: September 8, 2011 12:41 pm

May be the best thing for Colts long term

Manning sits out all season guarantees Colts have first pick in next year's Draft and Andrew Luck sitting for Colts to pick-Peyton II. If Colt fans can accept horrible season,good luck and Luck await next season.

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