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Archie Manning on Peyton: “He’s not where he wants to be”

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When Peyton Manning underwent his second neck-related surgery in as many offseasons in May, the Colts and Manning took great pains to make the procedure sound like a minor affair that was of little concern.

Archie Manning spoke more frankly about the subject Monday, as fathers tend to do.

“It’s just been 10 days,” Archie told the Associated Press at Jim Kelly’s charity golf tournament. “He’s not where he wants to be. It’s just something that came up and had to be done, so hopefully it’ll work out.”

So what does “he’s not where he wants to be mean” exactly?

We figured Archie was saying his son was frustrated to be recovering again, but Michael Marot of the Associated Press writes that Peyton’s recovery isn’t “going as quickly” as hoped.  Archie Manning still believes Peyton should be ready for the season.  The original timetable provided by the Colts said Manning would be ready 6-8 weeks after the surgery.

Manning’s neck will remain something to watch, but it will be tough to get a lot of information on the matter, even if the lockout ends.

Peyton probably already wishes his dad didn’t say so much.

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28 Responses to “Archie Manning on Peyton: “He’s not where he wants to be””
  1. thetooloftools says: Jun 6, 2011 6:59 PM

    That’s funny because Eli is way beyond where anyone thought he would be.

  2. j0esixpack says: Jun 6, 2011 7:05 PM

    Any football player who has surgery at the end of May – neck or anywhere else – is “not where he wants to be.”

    I wouldn’t minimize the condition/surgery, but I would minimize Archie’s comment and characterize it as common sense.

  3. stairwayto7 says: Jun 6, 2011 7:07 PM

    No football for the 2011 season, Mannign leaves as a free ageat and go to the Cardinals and teams up with Fitz for 4 years!

  4. eaglesfan290 says: Jun 6, 2011 7:08 PM

    Well that isn’t good news for the Colt’s, this team is one player away from being a 500 team at best! If Peyton can’t go or has a hard time recovering they really don’t have anything behind him at QB.

  5. bcgreg says: Jun 6, 2011 7:13 PM

    Not where he wants to be?

    He doesn’t want to play for Indy?

  6. nokoolaidcowboy says: Jun 6, 2011 7:15 PM

    Pooh, Archieeee!

    …oh, stifle it Edit!

  7. tinkletinkleonyourstar says: Jun 6, 2011 7:22 PM

    “He’s not where he wants to be”

    neither am i.

  8. melonnhead says: Jun 6, 2011 7:23 PM

    Guy had neck surgery to fix a herniated disc 10 days ago and recovery isn’t going as quickly as hoped? As hoped by whom? Peyton Manning? His doctor? No doubt he wants to get out there and start throwing but how realistic is that 10 days later?

  9. eaglesnoles05 says: Jun 6, 2011 7:24 PM

    Ooooo…guarded feelings outed by Dad. Pmann no likey, certainly.

  10. melonnhead says: Jun 6, 2011 7:24 PM

    @ eaglesfan290

    Well that isn’t good news for the Colt’s, this team is one player away from being a 500 team at best!

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    Kinda like the Eagles and Vick, eh?

  11. blackcatnfl says: Jun 6, 2011 7:25 PM

    He has plenty of time to recover, perhaps a year or more!

  12. kom2k10 says: Jun 6, 2011 7:33 PM

    I don’t understand why some players have these “minor” procedures so late after the season has ended… The last game was played in February… why not have the surgery then and allow 6 months to heal instead of just 2 or 3 months???

  13. ccad05 says: Jun 6, 2011 7:37 PM

    And there goes the bandwagon

  14. jakek2 says: Jun 6, 2011 7:38 PM

    Well that isn’t good news for the Colt’s, this team is one player away from being a 500 team at best! If Peyton can’t go or has a hard time recovering they really don’t have anything behind him at QB.
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    Congrats. You won the understatement of the week award and it’s only Monday. The Colts are a 3 win team w/o Manning.

  15. ampats says: Jun 6, 2011 7:39 PM

    Most people in Indianapolis are not where they want to be except for the Hecht family.

  16. philwauke says: Jun 6, 2011 7:55 PM

    it’s only been ten days.

  17. melonnhead says: Jun 6, 2011 8:15 PM

    I don’t understand why some players have these “minor” procedures so late after the season has ended… The last game was played in February… why not have the surgery then and allow 6 months to heal instead of just 2 or 3 months???

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    Surgery is the last option, you can bet they tried several pain management techniques before they decided to go with surgery. Can’t always do what’s best for football, sometimes gotta go with what’s best for the person, especially if that person is of advanced age, relative to an NFL career.

  18. commandercornpone says: Jun 6, 2011 8:28 PM

    that forehead probly puts a helluva load on his upper vertebrae.

  19. ccad05 says: Jun 6, 2011 9:07 PM

    I think his ego puts more weight on the upper vertebrae than the forehead. Thinks he’s bigger than the game

  20. WingT says: Jun 6, 2011 9:32 PM

    @commander
    Did they even look at and consider forehead reduction surgery? Is it possible even in today’s technology advanced medical field? Have they tried offsetting the weight differential by gluing a counter weight to the back of his skull? It would take a custom built helmet of course but surely that was considered too.

  21. Davo says: Jun 6, 2011 10:22 PM

    Thankfully for Peyton, he plays in the AFC South, so there should be very few sacks, and very many wins.

  22. golonger says: Jun 6, 2011 10:38 PM

    ..I can’t wait for Manning to retire…another QB step in……..and take the Colts to a few SB wins……..maybe then everyone will stop making excuses for the guy…….all these people saying they are a 3 win team without him need to take another look at the roster. If you put Eli in there they would get to the playoffs…LOL

  23. siggy00 says: Jun 6, 2011 10:40 PM

    Don’t teabag the rehab specialists Pey Pey.

  24. ccad05 says: Jun 6, 2011 11:25 PM

    Atleast his ‘snl’ skits were good

  25. sourdough says: Jun 7, 2011 12:11 AM

    Screw you Archie!

  26. stanklepoot says: Jun 7, 2011 12:35 AM

    melonnhead says: Jun 6, 2011 7:24 PM

    @ eaglesfan290

    Well that isn’t good news for the Colt’s, this team is one player away from being a 500 team at best!

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    Kinda like the Eagles and Vick, eh?
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    Colts would be in much worse shape if Peyton can’t play (which won’t be the case I’m sure). The Colts backup is Painter…one of, if not the, worst backups in the league it seems. Add to that the poor defense and the lack of a decent running game, and the Colts are in it deep if Peyton ever can’t play.

  27. footballfan says: Jun 7, 2011 7:17 AM

    golonger says: Jun 6, 2011 10:38 PM

    ..I can’t wait for Manning to retire…another QB step in……..and take the Colts to a few SB wins……..maybe then everyone will stop making excuses for the guy…….all these people saying they are a 3 win team without him need to take another look at the roster. If you put Eli in there they would get to the playoffs…LOL

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    Another Colts fan that is in denial!!!! I live in Indy and I follow the Dolts closely. There is no way this team makes the playoffs without Manning. Look at the roster all you want, there is no one else! Remember his knee surgery? They were 3-4 to start that season off cause he was not up to speed! Manning not up to speed is still better than 50% of the Starting QB’s in the league!

  28. turbodog1027 says: Jun 7, 2011 7:47 AM

    Did they have to go in and tighten the bolts in his neck?

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