Thursday, February 2, 2012

Who Is Right About Peyton Manning's 2012 Recovery?

One of the biggest stories in the week leading up to this year's Super Bowl has been Peyton Manning, oddly enough someone who isn't playing IN the Super Bowl.

We've had a public spat between Manning and Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay. We've had a report that Peyton's healing is coming along too slow; that his damaged nerve in his neck still hasn't healed and that his arm strength is a major concern.

Then we had Peyton come out on ESPN saying that his recovery is progressing nicely.  Even Colts kicker Adam Vinieateri (what is it with Colts kickers being the ones to give opinions??) said that he thought Peyton's recovery was coming along great and that he wasn't far off (of course, he hasn't seen him since the end of the season when Peyton had only just started throwing the ball; I'd postulate that 10-15 yard passes aren't the same as zippy 35-yard ones).

So what's the truth? How is he doing? Will he be able to play again?

Because, let's face it, the question isn't whether he'll play for the Colts again. With his age, injury history, and the Colts' new staff, they don't want him.

The real question is whether we'll get to see him in another uniform in the future.  To be perfectly honest, that's a question that probably won't be answered for several more months.  In order to be signed by another team, Peyton is going to have to pass a physical, and I can't see him doing that until his arm is at full strength again.  When he gets signed, he's ready to go.

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