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Peyton still has rehab work to do, but Fox says he’s as good as ever

Denver Broncos' Manning laughs at something said by head coach Fox, as Caldwell looks on, in the second OTA session at the Broncos NFL training facility in Denver Reuters

Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning has made significant progress in recovering from last year’s multiple neck procedures, but he says he’s not all the way back to 100 percent.

Manning said at today’s Organized Team Activities that he is continuing to work in rehab and doesn’t think he’s throwing as well now as he’ll be able to when the season starts.

“It’s an ongoing process for me,” Manning said. “I still have work to do in my rehab. That’s the good thing about these OTAs, is that you really see where you are on certain plays, because you are making different types of throws, and you’re learning a lot from them. You know what to continue to work on even harder in your rehab, and some things you may just not quite be ready for yet.”

Manning thinking there are some things he’s not ready for may sound like a concern, but Broncos coach John Fox doesn’t seem the least bit worried. Fox said he thinks the Manning he’s been watching on the practice field looks like the same Manning he used to watch when Fox was in Carolina and Manning was in Indianapolis.

“Physically, he looks the same to me as he’s always looked,” Fox said. “Like any new player out here, it’s a new language and he’s making adjustments to that. Like everybody else we’re hoping they get better every day.”

Manning is a perfectionist who will always still think he has work to do, but from all accounts he’s looking ready to go, with three more months to keep getting better.

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58 Responses to “Peyton still has rehab work to do, but Fox says he’s as good as ever”
  1. p4hbiz says: Jun 4, 2012 4:29 PM

    We’ll see how good he is after the week 1 “Hardest Hits of The week”

  2. p4hbiz says: Jun 4, 2012 4:30 PM

    And judging by the pic, someone already gave him a bloody nose, or O’l John Fox farted!

  3. winningisabrees says: Jun 4, 2012 4:39 PM

    Great come back story, and I like Manning. But this dude is crazy to continue to play. 3 neck surguries, stem cell reasearch. IMO, he will never stiff the SB again. He hasnt taken a hit in 18 months, and everyone looks good in shorts. I just dont think the risk reward is there, esp, bc he can go into broadcasting whenever he pleases, so its not like his career is over after football/

  4. kcsuperbowlbound says: Jun 4, 2012 4:49 PM

    listened to an interview with the denver post reporter on serius radio and he thinks Payton Manning is at only 60% of his arm strength by watching him in practice…..

    This has disaster written all over it.. The Chiefs should run away with this division.. Should be fun to watch the Broncos dismantle this year… By the time the chiefs play the broncos at the end of the year Payton will be on the sidelines and the Broncos will be worse than the colts were last year.

    Brilliant!!

  5. ammarradhi says: Jun 4, 2012 4:51 PM

    Is Peyton picking his nose? Or did Fox just punch him?

  6. steelernationisthepinnacleofexistenceyouarenothing says: Jun 4, 2012 4:56 PM

    Roethlisberger > Manning

    2 rings > 1

    Legendary arm > wobbly neck

    lololol

  7. buddysguys says: Jun 4, 2012 4:57 PM

    oh wow he looked good with no pressure on him!!! GREAT!!!! Now lets see what he looks like with Tamba Hali coming at him!!

  8. kwgator says: Jun 4, 2012 5:00 PM

    John Fox would know …. His teams have been an offensive force …. LOL

    Broncos 6-10

  9. denverdave3 says: Jun 4, 2012 5:03 PM

    Big bronco fan here, but color me skeptical. Peyton has to get use to his team and vise versa. Meanwhile, the O-line is a big concern. Left Tackle Clady is not as good as he was a couple years ago. Beadles is just average, The center is sub-standard, right guard Kuper had a horrible injury at the end of last year and RT Franklin has proved to be much better at run blocking than pass blocking.

  10. mf7krime says: Jun 4, 2012 5:05 PM

    kcsuperbowlbound says:

    listened to an interview with the denver post reporter on serius radio and he thinks Payton Manning is at only 60% of his arm strength by watching him in practice…..

    This has disaster written all over it.. The Chiefs should run away with this division.. Should be fun to watch the Broncos dismantle this year… By the time the chiefs play the broncos at the end of the year Payton will be on the sidelines and the Broncos will be worse than the colts were last year.

    Brilliant!!

    ________________________

    The Chiefs couldn’t “run away division” last year when the Broncos were all over the place at the quarterback position, what makes you think they can do it now?

    Man Chiefs fans are dumb.

  11. 7pints says: Jun 4, 2012 5:14 PM

    Loving all the wishful thinking by Chief fans!

  12. yssupasigninnamnotyep says: Jun 4, 2012 5:16 PM

    How the heck would Fox know he’s as good as ever? As good as Jake Delhomme?

    Once again…MegaHead will lead the Donkeys to an 8-8 record.

  13. isujames says: Jun 4, 2012 5:17 PM

    STIFF NECK,RED NECK.

  14. siknutty says: Jun 4, 2012 5:25 PM

    buddysguys,

    Considering that Hali is the Chiefs only decent pass rusher, the broncos simply have to double him. Manning has one of the quickest releases in football, Hali won’t touch him.

    You should be more concerned with winning the division again… Oh wait..

  15. kcsuperbowlbound says: Jun 4, 2012 5:27 PM

    The Chiefs couldn’t “run away division” last year when the Broncos were all over the place at the quarterback position, what makes you think they can do it now?

    Man Chiefs fans are dumb.

    Yeah dumb enough to realize that all our star players were injured and that without our stars we were a blocked kick away from winning the division
    and oh yeah by the way…we added the best right tackle in the league to block for a healthy Jamal charles…. I am not even trying to be Einstein here just making an obvious observation… Chiefs win the division going away…

  16. sdb0ltz says: Jun 4, 2012 5:28 PM

    I still dont understand why so many are so convinced that Manning is going to come back “in his prime.” You know as they say “Common sense is not that common these days.”

    An upgrade? Absolutely… but a very VERY risky one. Besides I could throw left handed and still be an upgrade over Tebow. Tons of money invested and the next 4-5 years of the franchise are gambled on the HOPE that Manning will come back to full form and stay healthy… and he’s STILL not back to form or healthy.

    And after 18 months away from playing, practicing or taking a single hit… to say he will is absurd. He’s far more in the “Prove it that you can play” side of things rather than the “He will be back to 100%” side of things. I mean lets be real here, 4… FOUR next surgeries in 1 year!!!

    The Broncos were desperate to get a QB and it showed…this will bite them in the @55 big time. I love that the Donkey fans are already hoisting their SB trophy… just remember.. these are the same fans that guaranteed Jake Plummer, Cutler and Tebow would win them a SB. Blind leading the blind in the thin oxygen up there in Pile High.

  17. ilovefoolsball says: Jun 4, 2012 5:30 PM

    Alex Smith needs an explanation.

  18. Broncofanatic7 says: Jun 4, 2012 5:36 PM

    After the Broncos win the Super Bowl this year I’ll come back to see how you all are doing. Del Rio + Fox = Top 5 Defense.
    Peyton is fine, and will be 100% at week 1.
    We will then send the Steelers back home a loser and maybe Ike Taylor will break another locker like he did last year when Tebow and Demaryius Thomas beat him.
    Broncos will win the Super Bowl!!!!

  19. peytonsneck18 says: Jun 4, 2012 5:43 PM

    The way Stokley and the broncos talked i thought peyton was 100 percent back n ready? ? Wtf? Hmmmm

  20. thcnote says: Jun 4, 2012 5:44 PM

    steelernationisthepinnacleofexistenceyouarenothing says:
    Jun 4, 2012 4:56 PM
    Roethlisberger > Manning

    2 rings > 1

    Legendary arm > wobbly neck

    lololol
    ———-
    Don’t forget
    2 rapes< no rapes

  21. listenup823 says: Jun 4, 2012 5:47 PM

    2 sexual batteries > none.. Steeler fans.. Gotta love ‘em… Oh and Timmy > Steelers secondary..

  22. sdb0ltz says: Jun 4, 2012 5:48 PM

    The Chargers owned Manning when he was healthy and in his prime simply by throwing bodies at his feet… can you imagine how much easier that will be to rattle him with his nack holding on by a thread?

  23. dvdman123 says: Jun 4, 2012 5:49 PM

    Manning even has the oddsmaker thinking he can make a comeback. They have the Broncos as one of the favorites in the AFC…..crazy.

  24. baddorange says: Jun 4, 2012 5:51 PM

    RIGHT. Lets see how great he is after week 5. You pathetic reporters looking for news and sinking to new lows. I personally hope, P. Manning, Fox and Elway, go down the toilet. All that money for a mid thirties, has been with bum legs and the mobility of a statue.

  25. listenup823 says: Jun 4, 2012 5:52 PM

    Denverdave you always preface your comments by saying you’re a “big broncos fan” but I’ve never heard so much criticism coming from a fan. Seems to me you know everything there is about football. Get out of your pajamas and go get a job! Didn’t your mommy tell you if you can’t say something nice then keep your trap shut? Maybe you should ask her! She’s probably in the next room doing your laundry! Loser!

  26. yssupasigninnamnotyep says: Jun 4, 2012 5:53 PM

    Seriously Donkeyfanatic? The SuperBowl in MeagHead’s first year with a new team? What the heck are you smoking up there?

    I only have one word for you:

    Hahahahahahahahahahahahahaha!!!!!!!!!

  27. sdb0ltz says: Jun 4, 2012 5:57 PM

    Bronco fans = most dilusional fans ever.

    Remember these are the same fans that guaranteed McDaniels and Tebow were going to bring them a SB Championship… and feverishly defended that notion until they were let go at which time they immediately turned their back on them with the same blind hatred they loved them with.

    Donkey Fans… Will back you blindly until reality sits in… then they will stab you in that same back with the same passion they used to defend you with.

  28. peytonsneck18 says: Jun 4, 2012 5:58 PM

    Good one thcnote….
    ..hmmmm thc huh, hmmmmm we all like thc! !!

  29. sdb0ltz says: Jun 4, 2012 6:11 PM

    Four surgeries… One neck… One year.

    Nuff said.

  30. chrisjohnston10 says: Jun 4, 2012 6:13 PM

    Peyton has faked this injury so he can win Comeback Player of the Year. He’s jealous of Tom Brady.

  31. peytonsneck18 says: Jun 4, 2012 6:33 PM

    Irsay did the right thing in letting Peyton go, to risky to pay him that much with all those question marks about him right now, the broncos will regret doing tebow that way if peyton doesnt pay off this year,

  32. sdb0ltz says: Jun 4, 2012 6:52 PM

    My Neck! My Back! …. My Neck and my back!

  33. pantherpro says: Jun 4, 2012 6:58 PM

    What does Fox know about QB’s? He like Delhomme, Clausen and young Jesus! With that sorry line in Denver, Peyton will be done after a few games. Bronco fan is pathetic the way they supported that linebacker turned QB last year! Take about psycho fans! Put down your guns Bronco fan and pick up a book!

  34. larryjames836 says: Jun 4, 2012 7:13 PM

    Players with major injuries should not be playing NFL know way taking all the fun away from the game. Because complaints about hard hits other players trying to hurt them. I been watching football for years and this my first time listening to teams crying about hits football not what it use to be. We will come out better watching cheerleader cheer all day at lest it will be interesting because it’s women’s in shorts or two piece. Now we have the guys crying because of hard hits not cool because football is played on 3 different levels. You have High School, College, Pro Ball so players need to ajust their bodys to all the levels if not you not going to make it to the top.

  35. elrock7 says: Jun 4, 2012 7:22 PM

    Gee SDBOLTZ, you sound pretty bitter. Maybe you should go watch tapes of Chargers Super Bowl wins…. Oops! Sorry guess you need a team better than mediocre to have a chance at SB! Never seen that in San Diego…lol

  36. jaydog76 says: Jun 4, 2012 7:28 PM

    kcsuperbowlbound says:
    Jun 4, 2012 4:49 PM
    listened to an interview with the denver post reporter on serius radio and he thinks Payton Manning is at only 60% of his arm strength by watching him in practice…..

    This has disaster written all over it.. The Chiefs should run away with this division.. Should be fun to watch the Broncos dismantle this year… By the time the chiefs play the broncos at the end of the year Payton will be on the sidelines and the Broncos will be worse than the colts were last year.

    Brilliant!!

     ——————–
    Dude, REALLY? Manning has owned KC everytime we played you guys.

    ———————–
    steelernationisthepinnacleofexistenceyouarenothing says:
    Jun 4, 2012 4:56 PM
    Roethlisberger > Manning

    2 rings > 1

    Legendary arm > wobbly neck

    lololol

     ————————-
    I don’t think Big Ben is good enough to hold Manning’s jock, much less be compared to him. Big Ben is an ok game manager that buys his guys a little extra time running around like an idiot. Oh wait… He may be running from another rape charge. Either way, don’t insult one of the greatest by comparing him to big Ben.

  37. Spencer says: Jun 4, 2012 7:30 PM

    He’s a good guy and a legendary talent. He deserves to end his career well, and I hope he does.

  38. sdb0ltz says: Jun 4, 2012 7:31 PM

    Have fun gasping for air everytime he takes a sack.

  39. davidcl77 says: Jun 4, 2012 7:37 PM

    Yeah, while not getting hit. When the 300 lb goons kick his old ass, he’ll be gone for good. Book it, boys.

  40. ColfaxDenver says: Jun 4, 2012 7:43 PM

    Peyton doesn’t have a very good record at all against a LT, Healthy A Gates, led Sandy Eggo offense.

    Also If Denver’s O line was so bad then how we’re we the #1 rushing offense in the league with a qb who allowed 9 in the box defenses?

    I’m not saying the Broncos are super bowl bound or even a winning team this year but some of your arguments are plain STUPID.

    Also if Tebow can win a playoff game with the Broncos, i’m gonna put my money on a quick release Peyton led offense.

  41. bagjr387 says: Jun 4, 2012 7:46 PM

    I

  42. skishred12 says: Jun 4, 2012 7:48 PM

    Peyton comeback story begins in 96 days…stay tuned.

  43. bagjr387 says: Jun 4, 2012 7:50 PM

    If this guy is 100%, watch out. this will be the best supporting cast he has ever had…remember that he won the superbowl with the worst run defense, and no running game. but it could also completely flop on him at which point I hope he doesnt ruin the HOF career. dont ruin the” best all time” argument, Peyton!

  44. leo133074 says: Jun 4, 2012 7:55 PM

    No starting qb has ever won a SB with two different teams. So he has that going for him, which is nice.

  45. jaydog76 says: Jun 4, 2012 8:29 PM

    I don’t think they are SB, but it is a Manning led offense, so they will be in the playoffs. From there who knows.

  46. mjkelly77 says: Jun 4, 2012 8:53 PM

    The greedy Swamp Boy is done. He just wanted to max out the guaranteed money, stupid Broncos.

  47. mjkelly77 says: Jun 4, 2012 8:58 PM

    kcsuperbowlbound says:Jun 4, 2012 4:49 PM

    listened to an interview with the denver post reporter on serius radio …
    _______________

    Really? It says “Sirius” right on the dashboard which you see every day and you can’t spell it correctly. You’re a Chiefs fan alright.

  48. raiderapologist says: Jun 4, 2012 9:46 PM

    As far as time is concerned, nobody is as good as ever. And time is undefeated.

  49. therealbleedcoltsblue says: Jun 4, 2012 10:33 PM

    I can’t wait to see this guy fail… just like he usually did for us.

    GO COLTS!

  50. randallflagg52 says: Jun 4, 2012 10:36 PM

    Stick a couple of bolts in the sides of his neck, zap him with a bolt of lightning and he’ll be good as new.

  51. gimmeabruschi says: Jun 4, 2012 10:55 PM

    He is just taking the Donkeys and that tool Elway for a ride to grab the guaranteed money. He will actually play very little for them as he milks this neck thing for all it’s worth once the games start. Kind of exactly the same thing he did to the Colts, signing a mega contract when he knew he had a neck issue. It’s always been all about money for Fetus Head.

  52. milehigh85 says: Jun 4, 2012 10:58 PM

    Lots of bitter chargers/chiefs/steelers/raiders fans posting tonight… Are Yall a bit worried?

  53. JaminJake says: Jun 4, 2012 11:08 PM

    sdb0ltz says:
    Jun 4, 2012 5:57 PM
    Bronco fans = most dilusional fans ever.

    Remember these are the same fans that guaranteed McDaniels and Tebow were going to bring them a SB Championship… and feverishly defended that notion until they were let go at which time they immediately turned their back on them with the same blind hatred they loved them with.

    Donkey Fans… Will back you blindly until reality sits in… then they will stab you in that same back with the same passion they used to defend you with.

    _______________________

    Now I have heard it all. Remember when the Merriman train was never going to stop? Remember how Rivers was going to be the best of that class? YOU THOUGHT YOU WOULD IMPROVE WITH NORV TURNER! NORV TURNER!

  54. JaminJake says: Jun 4, 2012 11:09 PM

    steelernationisthepinnacleofexistenceyouarenothing says:
    Jun 4, 2012 4:56 PM
    Roethlisberger > Manning

    2 rings > 1

    Legendary arm > wobbly neck

    lololol

    ___________________________

    Last time I checked it was Big Ben that had that wobbly neck. You know how he was wobbling that neck to find his next victim?

  55. JaminJake says: Jun 4, 2012 11:17 PM

    I am a Broncos fan. Sorry listenup823, I got out of my jammies many years ago. Even though I am excited for Manning to be a Bronco, I still wish he would have hung his cleats up. While the doctors say his neck is ok, he has nothing left to prove and I’d rather him try to enjoy the rest of his life in the best physical condition he has. Yes he has a big head. I make fun of the Manning clan all the time, but if you can’t tell, Peyton isn’t like his brother and doesn’t let his dad choose his teams. Most importantly is he’s a good player/teammate/person. Manning is pretty humble given his achievements and all people seem to do is talk about how he was the star of Megamind.

  56. broncos81 says: Jun 5, 2012 8:36 AM

    ColfaxDenver says:
    Jun 4, 2012 7:43 PM
    Peyton doesn’t have a very good record at all against a LT, Healthy A Gates, led Sandy Eggo offense.

    Also If Denver’s O line was so bad then how we’re we the #1 rushing offense in the league with a qb who allowed 9 in the box defenses?

    I’m not saying the Broncos are super bowl bound or even a winning team this year but some of your arguments are plain STUPID.

    Also if Tebow can win a playoff game with the Broncos, i’m gonna put my money on a quick release Peyton led offense.

    ——————————————

    You really call yourself a Broncos fan?

    Our rushing attack was a mighty 24th in the NFL before Tebow took over. 24th with Kyle Orton, who is a tad more mobile than Peyton Manning.

    We were the number 1 ranked rush offense after Tebow because he rushed for almost 700 f#$king yards. Unless Peyton also got bionic legs I don’t see that happening again. Please use a logical argument so that it’s not so easy to make fun of us Bronco fans.

  57. seahulk9 says: Jun 5, 2012 10:09 AM

    Hmmmmmmmmmmmm…….. then why mention it? is he stating that peyton is 40ish needs some more rehab but is still better than ever before???? oh ok…..that makes sense…..hes not gonna make it thru the season. you should never sign a qb with a head the size of Rhode Island(small state large cranium ) and a macguiver’d neck….i guess we’ll see how it plays out

  58. seahulk9 says: Jun 5, 2012 10:23 AM

    do you honestly think peyton will be as good as he was??????? are all of you denver fans crazy??? you will all see the damaged goods you purchased for yourselves for 20 mill first hand…..there will be no superbowl.

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