Peyton Manning “very encouraged” with rehab, plans to play in 2012

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ESPN aired an “exclusive” interview with Colts quarterback Peyton Manning on Tuesday afternoon. During the first part of the conversation — the interview will apparently air in separate parts — Manning confirmed to Trey Wingo that he plans to play football in 2012.

“I really feel good,” Manning said. “I continue to make progress every day. … Doctors and I have been in good, constant communication. And I’m very encouraged by what they’ve said. Everything that the doctors have told me has been on point, which is encouraging to me. … I’ll be cleared and ready to play.”

Unfazed by reports that his playing days are over, Manning is continuing his rehab process with full intentions of continuing his career.

“I’m just continuing to rehab, work hard, and to enjoy this week for the city and certainly for my family.”

After Part One of the Wingo interview, Adam Schefter suggested on ESPN’s The Insiders program that Manning is destined to become “the most decorated and high-profile free agent in NFL history.”

92 responses to “Peyton Manning “very encouraged” with rehab, plans to play in 2012

  1. You heard it from the horses mouth…Peyton will play in 2012, enough of these reports that he is retiring.

  2. Good to hear, I love watching Peyton play. The NFL wouldn’t be the same without him. Hopefully its with the Colts, as good as Luck is, he could benefit playing behind Peyton for a couple years.

  3. There will be a hundred comments on here saying he should go play with this wide reciever or that wide reciever.

    What Peyton Manning should do is find the biggest, strongest offensive line he can that will keep him upright.

    Manning doesn’t need elite skill position players around him.

    Dan Lebatard once asked Tony Dungy how many yards a shopping cart with a mannequin arm would have averaged in a Manning offense and Dungy said 40 catches and five touchdowns a season.

  4. Welcome to The New York Jets, Mr. Manning!
    We hope that you enjoy your stay with us! If you need anything, please contact our Player Service Coordinator, Mr. Holmes, and he will be happy to assist you.

  5. If you are a team that is close to the top and you can withstand some very bad pr if it turns out he can’t play long term then maybe it’s worth a shot at him.

    If you are the Dolphins and the fans are already down on you can you really take a chance here assuming Manning is interested? If he was to get reinjured halfway through the season it would be devastating to an already fragile relationship between front office and fan base.

    Take a pass here Miami if given the opportunity to begin with. Set your sights on Flynn or RG3.

  6. I’ve heard he can barely grip a football. If that’s the case dude needs to retire. Because I for one won’t feel the least bit sorry for him if a guy comes blazing off the edge and delivers a devastating hit that paralyses him.

  7. Surprise surprise…

    Everything coming from the Colts makes it sound as if Peyton has one foot in the grave – and the other on a banana peel.

    Everything from Manning makes it sound as if he’s hours away from getting cleared to play.

  8. Not a colts fan, but I hope to see him back. The game just wouldn’t be the same without him.

    Whatever he decides his plans should include another SNL hosting gig. He was funny as hell the last time he made an appearance.

  9. Adam Schefter suggested on ESPN’s The Insiders program that Manning is destined to become “the most decorated and high-profile free agent in NFL history.”
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    Wow. They do like hyperbole at the mothership, don’t they? I’d say Brett Favre in 2009 was the most decorated free agent in NFL history, and maybe the highest profile too — that last bit is completely subjective.

    Manning’s free agency would be shocking, but he’d have to sign with a bitter rival, like the Patriots I guess (obviously not happening), for it be even approach the shock of seeing ol’ man winter suit up in the purple.

  10. Read another report on yahoo today that he can’t get any velocity on the ball and is basically circled by buzzards whenever he goes outside.

  11. Why didn’t peyton take his Gazillion dollars and find the best specialist on earth instead of complaining that he couldn’t see colt doctors during the lockout??

  12. This from the guy who lied to the Colts about his neck surgery to sign a $20 million plus deal when he knew he wouldn’t even play a snap this year? You know why the Colts stink? Because they can’t find room in the salary cap due to a QB who thinks it’s HIS team.

  13. Translation: Yeah, I could probably sucker another owner into backing up a Brinks truck to my house to unload some more guaranteed money for nothing in return.

    Also:

    “After Part One of the Wingo interview, Adam Schefter suggested on ESPN’s The Insiders program that Manning is destined to become “the most decorated and high-profile free agent in NFL history.””

    Uh… Reggie White says hello. Although maybe Schefter didn’t mean most desireable. Reggie White at age 31 trumps Manning at this point in his career though, especially since most people will be shocked if he’s able to return to his MVP form. All-Pro’s still in their prime never make it to market in this day and age.

  14. Must be nice to chuck a Quarterback like Manning out of an organization. The things the Colts could do with that #1 overall pick as trade bait. Well hey, atleast they will have andrew luck with a faulty O-line, no defense and 2 aging passing targets.

  15. With all the money involved nowadays wonder how long it’ll be before we have our first fraud indictment. Some of these guys (and I’m not sayin’ Peyton’s one of them but…) know perfectly well they can’t play when they say they can.

  16. oh and those others guys at WR that Manning made good. Also forgot about the stellar run game the Colts have.

  17. It’s going to be like the movie Demolition Man. Peyton is going to go back to a team after being frozen for one year and he’s not going to recognize a thing.

  18. It’s going to end up that’s the colts doctors will say that he can’t play and Peyton’s doctors will say that he is cleared and theColts will end up letting him go.

    I see the Dolphins picking him up. Last time the Dolphins had a chance to pick up a QB with an injury Drew Brees ended up with the Saints. I think that might make the Dolphins go hard for him. Especially if the Jets are also going to make a run for him.

  19. As much as I enjoy watching Peyton, I think it’s time for him to move on as the next hit could very well end more than just his ability to play football…

    …and James Harrison will somehow get fined for it.

  20. AlanSaysYo says:
    Jan 31, 2012 3:31 PM
    ESPN would air “The Decision II: Peyton’s Preference” if he let them.
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    The question is would most of the country hate Peyton the way they hate? Peyton looks a little different than LeBron so I think we all know the answer to that.

  21. He said nothing newsworthy. Seemed like he talked about Gatorade rather than more pressing issues like his health. Saying that, i would take him in dc with a broken neck, blind, and rabid.

  22. I wish we knew the truth and these athletes, owners, and pro organizations weren’t just a bunch of spin doctors. If I had my guess I would bet that Indy/Irsay is trying to push Peyton into considering retirement and Peyton wanted to come back in Indy; but Irsay is ready to move on with a cheaper and younger option in Luck.

  23. Do not worry about playing football anymore Peyton, it is not worth it.
    I have a great idea for you, you should be the quarterback coach for the Houston Texans since Gregg Knapp has become the OC for the Oakland Raiders. That would be a great place for you to start you coaching career as it will lead to you becoming the offensive coordinator and possibly head coach someday.
    That would be alot easier on your neck as you have had a great career and you have nothing else to prove to anyone including yourself.

  24. I’ve heard he can barely grip a football. If that’s the case dude needs to retire. Because I for one won’t feel the least bit sorry for him if a guy comes blazing off the edge and delivers a devastating hit that paralyses him.

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    As of the moment I’m writing this, 4 people have given you a thumbs up for this comment. I can only assume one of them was you, and the other three hit the wrong button.

  25. I think Andrew Luck could benefit being the #2 quarterback behind a healthy Peyton Manning for a year or two. The question is can Peyton be healthy enough to be an effective player? We won’t know until early spring.

    As a Colts fan, I hope Jim Irsay can figure out a way to keep Peyton and Andrew Luck without sacrificing the rest of the team to do it. I know it’s not as simple as that, but it would be a shame to see Peyton play in a Redskins or Titans uniform. Just as it was a shame to see Joe Montana as a Chief and Joe Namath as a Ram.

  26. Think Favre saga was bad? Wait until we get the Peyton saga begins.

    Didn’t Peyton last week say that the Colts atmoshere wasn’t “good for healing”? Now, miracles of miracles, everything is “right on point”.

    Irsay is right, Peyton is a politician. Peyton’s reputation is going to take a hit if he continues milking this. The Manning family is spoiled. For the time in his life, Peyton has something neither he or his daddy have any control over.

  27. A 80% Peyton Manning is still an elite QB and better than most QBs in the league. This crap about the velocity of his passes is garbage. As if that is what makes Peyton special. Not that his decision making, ability to call his own plays, read defenses, audible his own guys to block and run routes, study film have anything to do with it.

  28. Manning is done. He collected $24 from the Colts this past season for doing nothing on the field of play and is trying to make the owner out to be a bad guy for giving him all of that money. And now he’s attempting to get some other sucker to pay him to sit on his a$$. Give it up, son.

  29. Sorry to hear more BS spin coming from Peyton’s camp. If any of this ‘remarkable recovery’ was true, it would have been reported all along. It’s typical of BSPN loser Trey Wingo to be reporting this nonsense without finding even one medical source/doctor/trainer who can verify Manning’s claim that he is ready to play in 2012. .

  30. fittytuckin says:
    Jan 31, 2012 3:33 PM
    I’ve heard he can barely grip a football. If that’s the case dude needs to retire. Because I for one won’t feel the least bit sorry for him if a guy comes blazing off the edge and delivers a devastating hit that paralyses him.

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    I could type a lot – I’ll just say WOW!!!

  31. “Unfazed by reports that his playing days are over, Manning is continuing his rehab process with full intentions of continuing his career.”

    How else is he going to sucker someone into paying him more money? He’s worth well over $100 million and will still have endorsement deals for a number of years. What a money ho.

  32. nationalmediacansuckit says:
    Jan 31, 2012 3:56 PM
    AlanSaysYo says:
    Jan 31, 2012 3:31 PM
    ESPN would air “The Decision II: Peyton’s Preference” if he let them.
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    The question is would most of the country hate Peyton the way they hate? Peyton looks a little different than LeBron so I think we all know the answer to that.

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    You’re utterly clueless if you think the hatred towards Lebron has anything to do with race. Lebron is hated cause he selfishlessly took ne hour on ESPN to rub his hometown’s (sort of) nose in his excrement.

  33. #1: You don’t get game reps sitting on the bench. I do not know why people keep repeating that nonsense.

    #2: Manning is trying to protect that $28 M bonus.

    #3: If Manning gets cut before March 8 and it then turns out he can play, the team that signs him will be the one that needs to sell season tickets the most. It will have nothing to do with on the field improvement.

  34. Before Peyton Manning, Indy was pretty awful. They had one good run with Harbaugh as the QB, but for the most part the Colts were the only team the Patriots had a chance to beat for a lot of years…

    Then both the Patriots and the Colts got good… the Patriots first with Parcells – Bledsoe, then one down year and a transition to Belichick – Brady.

    Peyton Manning oversaw the most consistently excellent span of the Indianapolis Colts history. I am severing the Indianapolis history from the Baltimore history.

    If there is any chance that Peyton can play, the Colts should keep him. Trade the pick or draft Luck to be the understudy (Montana – Young).

    Everyone was saying that the winless Colts were trying to ‘Suck for Luck’, but what if Luck actually sucks. Half the pundits expected Blaine Gabbert to be a better QB than Cam Newton and we saw how that is working out. Draft picks are not a sure thing, but if Manning can get healthy he certainly is the face of that franchise.

  35. davidjcu says:
    Jan 31, 2012 4:03 PM
    A 80% Peyton Manning is still an elite QB and better than most QBs in the league. This crap about the velocity of his passes is garbage. As if that is what makes Peyton special. Not that his decision making, ability to call his own plays, read defenses, audible his own guys to block and run routes, study film have anything to do with it.
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    An 80% Peyton Manning can’t play unless Doctors clear him.

  36. It’s obvious that the Colts camp is trying to spread propaganda and outright lies as a push to justify through their PR department, the releasing of the only player to ever make Indianapolis anything other than a fly-over city.

    And now all these Colts fans are saying Peyton’s done as well, so they can justify their favorite team canning him and taking Luck.

    No loyalty any more in this day and age. Absolutely sickening.

  37. thraiderskin says: Jan 31, 2012 3:53 PM

    oh and those others guys at WR that Manning made good. Also forgot about the stellar run game the Colts have.
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    LMAO!!! Yeah let’s just make stuff up and see what sticks

    That 31st and 32nd ranked run offense he went to a Superbowl with and the play-offs with in his last year was suuuuuurrrrreeee great wasn’t it?

    Who was Manning throwing to last time he got his last MVP? Oh that’s right rookie Austin Collie and Pierre Garcon. Nice one ace!

  38. Trade him to Arizona for a draft pick this year and next.The cards release Kolb and use one of those picks to draft a QB.

  39. PM’s done….PM’s not done.
    Around and around we go.
    Sometime before 3/8 we will know
    if Mannings still a Colt.

    ALL the rest is noise.

  40. Wasn’t Ryan Leaf a sure thing too? And David Carr? And Brady Quinn? And a million other consensus top picks?

    A team can’t assume that their 1st round QB is gonna be any good, because, in fact, most of them aren’t. If they were, do you think half the league would be looking for their ‘franchise quarterback’ year after year?

  41. Favre sez: Way to string them along! Let the bidding war begin, pace yourself we can’t let the cat out of the bag until late August…you don’t wanna do training camp!

  42. I’ve always held out hope that the Miama Dolphins would return to glory and here’s their chance. The Fins should mortgage everything for this guy. They have a solid defense and with Manning they could jump straight over the Yets and Patriots

  43. What ? I just read an article like an hour ago that said he couldn’t get any ” velocity ” on his passes . Then again I read in like early December that he was shooting for a week 16 comeback . Seems like speculation on everyones part . No one is in the know .

  44. R-I-G-H-T……..if anyone believes this, I have a bridge to sell you.
    Not happening!
    I’ll say he may TRY and play in 2013…but any fool would realize 2012 is not in the cards.
    This reminds me off the scuttlebutt when he was potentially not going to start the first game..when the powers that be KNEW he was done for the season….no difference here!
    I can’t believe the suckers that buy into this hogwash!

  45. @youngry
    Here a known fact my friend. ESPN came to LeBron about the show. Look it up. Besides is your life that bad that a man who did his 7 year contract and became a free agent in Cleveland and wants to see something different angers you. All of your anger is racial because it’s NBA. ESPN is behind the decision so be mad at them, but being angry at LeBron is easier. Well isn’t that fitting.

  46. What would be just as interesting to see is how long of a contact Manning gets based off this injury. What teams are the best fit? I say Arizona or San Francisco, because of the pieces they have in place, the division they play in, and both teams can win right now.

  47. “Everyone was saying that the winless Colts were trying to ‘Suck for Luck’, but what if Luck actually sucks. Half the pundits expected Blaine Gabbert to be a better QB than Cam Newton and we saw how that is working out. Draft picks are not a sure thing, but if Manning can get healthy he certainly is the face of that franchise.”

    Dude, nobody thought Gabbert was better than Newton. I followed it pretty closely and of the dozens or so sites that did mock drafts I didn’t see a single article claiming Gabbert was better. There may have been some debate about who would go number one but not about which QB was better. Luck is the consensus number one like Newton was last year and usually those guys don’t fail.

  48. He’s trying his best to not be a distraction, but the dumbass media, including PFT keep on hyping a bunch of baseless rumors. It’s really sad b/c the focus should be on Indy and what a great show they’re putting on as SB host….so he had to come on and set people straight….sources my butt, Peyton’s been on lockdown regarding his recovery till now, and w/ the rumors that he’s not recovering well/is doomed for retirement, etc…I guess he finally had to come out and squash that stuff. He has never been a “look at me” guy (commercials notwithstanding) in terms of media relations, so to hear all this crap DURING super bowl week, this was his chance to hopefully shut everyone up. It’s not about the $28 million, b/c if he isn’t healthy he doesn’t get it. So why come out and lie?? It’s not also about boosting his trade value b/c no one will take him if he’s not healthy, and Irsay has repeatedly said he’s a Colt if he is! Schefter, Mort, Clayton, all look pretty stupid right now. They’ve missed on a ton of Colts “breaking news” lately. They missed on Caldwell staying, most of the coaching hires, etc. And now they’re just throwing crap out there to generate hype. Same goes for the local Indy hack, Boob Krapitz…When PM speaks it’s damn near always the truth. Has been his entire career. When he called out his line after getting sacked about 53 times against the Steelers he was telling the truth….and he put it the nicest way he could given how frustrated he must have been (“there were some protection problems”)…

  49. Does anyone remember the injury Drew Brees had, that got him axed by the Chargers? I’ll bet Nick Saban remembers it. It cost him his job in Miami. Peyton says he can play; that’s it. Is he doing it for a big signing bonus? Not likely. He has more money, with endorsements, now, than any other player in the NFL. I would not be surprised if, like Drew, he came back stronger than before. If Indy lets him go, and bets on an unproven talent, they just might have to move, under cover of night. Again.
    That’s all I’m saying.

  50. No one seems concerned that even if Peyton plays again, he might be so limited that he is no better than a backup in another team’s system. One difference about Farve was that he could take the field without concern for injury – he was an ironman. Whatever team Manning plays for will have to be in max-protect all the time – which limits the receivers and routes that Peyton uses. Surely that is one reason Irsay wants to move on.

  51. I love how Schefter said that Manning will be a free agent, as if Indy has stated that he will be released. He’s not going anywhere.

  52. granadafan says:Jan 31, 2012 3:50 PM

    This from the guy who lied to the Colts about his neck surgery to sign a $20 million plus deal when he knew he wouldn’t even play a snap this year? You know why the Colts stink? Because they can’t find room in the salary cap due to a QB who thinks it’s HIS team.
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    Peyton has stated that it was HIS idea for Indy to have the option to back out after the first year (this past year) BECAUSE of his injury you jackass. Do your research the next time you decide to open your mouth you moron.

  53. Peyton’s just politicking to get another $28,000,000 on top of the $23,000,000 he made this year for sitting on his ass.

    I can’t believe how many idiots on this forum buy into the BS Manning fed ESPN today. If you knew anything about body language and eye shifting while lying, you’d know what I’m talking about.

    He’s done… but he’s not going to give up on $28,000,000 if he can con it out of Irsay.

  54. sorry Shefter, 5 years ago? maybe, 2012? not so much. if Peyton can play at all, he might have one year left of rusty weak play left in the tank. I also doubt there are that many teams going out of their way for him.

    Scratch out all teams that have consistent starters, scratch out all the other rebuilding teams and there’s not a whole lot left.

    Most high profile FA ever? Not even close. he might not even be the most coveted free agent this season.

  55. For all you losers bashing peyton and the colts, as you saw this year peyton is the reason this team does so well, reggie wayne was nothing without him

  56. I have no doubt Peyton will be back. And when he does come back, he (and Marvin Harrison) will make everyone in the IFL forget about T.O.

  57. I used to say that there is nothing as sad as watching an athlete who was once great stay on longer than he should. I have to amend that to this – Peyton Manning fits that description (look at his gut in the picture) but IMO he is one big hit away from a wheelchair and that would be a new level of sad.

  58. tbbucs1638 says:
    Jan 31, 2012 7:47 PM
    For all you losers bashing peyton and the colts, as you saw this year peyton is the reason this team does so well, reggie wayne was nothing without him
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    How will be different this year with Peyton not playing.

  59. and people expected him to say, “Well, the rehab isn’t going so well, I probably won’t be able to play.”?

    This is just part of the maneuvering between Peyton and Irsay. I would take Peyton’s comments with a grain of salt.

  60. I used to say that there is nothing as sad as watching an athlete who was once great stay on longer than he should. I have to amend that to this – Peyton Manning fits that description (look at his gut in the picture) but IMO he is one big hit away from a wheelchair and that would be a new level of sad.

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    Morons: He’s at no greater risk of “one big hit from a wheelchair” than any other QB!!! WHAT DON’T YOU IGNORANT FOOLS get about that??? I see it posted all the time and it’s completely inaccurate! The fusion surgery strengthened his neck, not the other way around. God you people are ignorant. Stop posting stuff you know nothing about, or at least read what doctors have been saying about his procedure. If LBs and RBs can have the surgery and continue to play, I don’t think Manning is at greater risk than those types of position players of being paralyzed….If he can’t play it’s b/c the nerve in his arm won’t regenerate enough. End of story

  61. @cmgww

    I agree 100 percent. These people and the media are blowing this thing way out of proportion. Paralyzed? If he retires it won’t be because of his neck problems, supposedly those are better. It would be because he can’t throw the ball 50 yards on a rope. Thats the biggest issue, not his neck, his legs, or his contract. Its him throwing the ball without no numbness.

    In terms of arm strength its not that he’s lost “strength”, more so some feeling from what I understand isn’t there yet. Its gonna happen though, even if it takes another 6 months, he’s gonna play again, why can’t people accept that its just not gonna be with the Colts.

  62. Dan Patrick said this morning that he talked with someone in the know who said Peyton has 0% chance of playing again.

    Would the Peyton fangirls here answer this. Would you pay a someone $28 million dollars out of your own money if you knew there was a good chance that they would ever play again?

  63. cmgww says:
    Feb 1, 2012 8:54 AM
    I used to say that there is nothing as sad as watching an athlete who was once great stay on longer than he should. I have to amend that to this – Peyton Manning fits that description (look at his gut in the picture) but IMO he is one big hit away from a wheelchair and that would be a new level of sad.

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    Morons: He’s at no greater risk of “one big hit from a wheelchair” than any other QB!!! WHAT DON’T YOU IGNORANT FOOLS get about that??? I see it posted all the time and it’s completely inaccurate! The fusion surgery strengthened his neck, not the other way around. God you people are ignorant. Stop posting stuff you know nothing about, or at least read what doctors have been saying about his procedure. If LBs and RBs can have the surgery and continue to play, I don’t think Manning is at greater risk than those types of position players of being paralyzed….If he can’t play it’s b/c the nerve in his arm won’t regenerate enough. End of story

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    What ever you say Dr. Goobs, you are a quack.

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