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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: Oct 30, 2006
Posted on: September 8, 2011 11:46 am

Manning may miss half the season

Good posts by ravensfan and pimpslapped1.

The bottom line is nobody knows when Manning will be ready to play. It may be sooner. It may be later. I've read that the expected recovery time from this type of procedure is supposed to be 6-8 weeks. Obviously, Peyton isn't ready to play, but somewhere along the line he was feeling well enough to come off the PUP list and even practiced a couple of times (albeit scripted no impact stuff) before suffering a setback. Hopefully, he's back to form before too long.

That said, I think writing the epitaph for this team is a little premature. Collins is still going to have a probowl WR (Wayne) a probowl TE (Clark) and a probowl C (Saturday) to work with and there are at least 3 probowlers on defense (Freeney, Mathis and Bethea.) Everyone says this team is horrible without Manning, but how many meaningful games have the Colts played in the last 10 years without #18? The list of garbage time QB's to take snaps in the Manning era have been for the most part inexperienced and on top of that, when Manning was out, so was the rest of the first team offense. Let's see what a veteran like Collins can do with a full complement of first teamers in a four quarter game. My guess is he will do OK and if Peyton makes it back even halfway through the season, this team will still be in contention.

Since: Sep 5, 2006
Posted on: September 8, 2011 11:46 am

Manning may miss half the season

Hahaha...Freeman is deleting blog comments that he doesn't like. BOOHOO

Since: Sep 25, 2007
Posted on: September 8, 2011 11:40 am

Manning may miss half the season

Let me see if I can do a Freeman here and say it looks like the coach is on the hot seat now since Manning cannot play and if Collins does not lift them back to the playoffs the owner will have to make a change since the head coach did not do a good enough job evaluating the back up to the franchise QB before they had to hit the old folks home for Collins.  No sources to check here just a insight to what ails the Colts.  Realistically, I hope Collins does well and manages the ship  but as we all know, that offense runs through P. Manning.  I hope he is on the sideline giving them all of the help he can.  Looks like a wide open division now for sure and if the Texans dont step it up  maybe it is Coach Kubiak on the hot seat with Delrio, and Caldwell..  Lets kick it off and get it on  FOOTBALL IS BACK!!!!

Since: Nov 9, 2008
Posted on: September 8, 2011 11:40 am

Manning may miss half the season

yours is now the most dispicable post I've ever read on these boards. While I too don't particularly care for Mike Freemans writinga lot of the time, to suggest you would take joy in his possible demise is without question the single most reprehensible post ever placed and you should be banned from this site permenently. Please seek serious mental health treatment as you are one sick S.O.B.  

Since: Jul 15, 2010
Posted on: September 8, 2011 11:38 am

Manning may miss half the season

How about that stem cell reserch. Oh thats right its inhuman to help people tat are currently alive and in pain from an lab created embro that doesnt know what poop smells or looks like yet. Sorry Manning

Since: Nov 9, 2008
Posted on: September 8, 2011 11:35 am

Manning may miss half the season

If Peyton Manning is smart he'll sit out this entire season and live to play another 7 to 10 years probably. If the Colts are smart and want to maximize their latest $69 million (guaranteed $$) investment they'll put him on IR so as to avoid all temptation to play him even if his neck begins to heal rapidly. It's the smart thing to do for both parties.

Since: Dec 25, 2006
Posted on: September 8, 2011 11:33 am

Manning may miss half the season

Now maybe the NFL will get off its knees to Manning & the Colts.  The NFL is rediculous with how it just goes on & on w/ its Manning love fest.  Hopefully this is the end of Manning's career.
Let's see ... why would the NFL be on it's knees to Manning & The Colts ...

Let me go out on a limb here ...

Because the Colts are a perennial power house and Peyton Manning is one of the best QBs of all time.

How bout the NFL gets off the Rams jock? What have they done lately? They didn't even win their division last year when the actual winner had a losing record.

Since: Dec 4, 2009
Posted on: September 8, 2011 11:31 am

Manning may miss half the season

 In other news, Mike Freeman was hit by a bus today while crossing the street. He died on impact. Not a single tear was shed. The sports world rejoiced and threw a kegger to celebrate.

This guy is the WORST writer on any sports page that I have ever read in my short, but well read life!

Since: Sep 12, 2006
Posted on: September 8, 2011 11:27 am

Manning may miss half the season

Collins WAS a star in his day...HE DID take the NY Giants to a Superbowl prior to Kurt & Eli comming in. He kept the G-men Competitive through the late 90-early 00's. He rejuvinated both the Raiders and Titans while they were rebuilding their own franchises. He tutored many up-start QB's in this league. His deep ball is known to be one of the best in the NFL. At Penn State he almost held the pass-effciency record (4th all time)and many other Penn State QB records. In his 2nd season with Carolina he went to the NFC Championship game ( unheard of at the time). Now he was not the greatest of players especially when it came to character early in his career...but due to ever present changes in Offensive coordinators/head coaches and poor receiving corps...(some of it his fault) he has stuck through it and seemed to be properous for a 1-2 year stop gap. One of his natural abilities that are underscored is his ability to learn a playbook and utilize his weapons. Just like many journeyman QB's his movement around the league results in fumbles and int's. Again, this is in part to his lack of report with the team's roster. All this considered; his abilities to patch work a team after losing their starter speaks loudly about Collins playing potential. How many QB's have been around as long as he has considering he is a bandaid fix??? This year will show off his talents and Indy fans will be pleased that he came in to help. He isn't Peyton but how many are? ONE. I think with the style of football and the team there in Indy, compilied with the knowledge Kerry brings in...Indy will be ok. Will they win 10+ games and make the post-season?? time will tell...but all isn't lost yet. IMO

Since: Aug 30, 2007
Posted on: September 8, 2011 11:11 am

Manning may miss half the season

After speaking with Manning's Dr.s, Mike Freeman reports that Manning could miss half the season. 
Could you please highlight the areas in Freeman's post that read "Manning's doctors" because I can't find them. The only thing that I can find is "source".  

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