Cooper Manning: Predictions about Peyton are a waste of breath


There was supposed to be an important medical checkpoint for Peyton Manning in December, but we never heard much about it.

That probably doesn’t bode well for Manning, and it helps to inform why the Colts may be ready to release him. As Peter King reported Sunday night, Manning is struggling to get healthy.

The reality is that no one knows when or if Manning will get healthy. Not even those closest to him.

“What I do know is Peyton is going to do every single thing a human being can possibly do to get ready to play again,” Peyton’s brother Cooper told’s Albert Breer. “Where, when and how he’ll play, that’s all up in the air. But as far as his body goes, Peyton’s smart, he’ll know what to do.

“Anyone predicting what will happen now going forward is just wasting their breath. But he is working as hard as anyone can work to get out there again.”

Cooper supported his brother and said Peyton is “determined” to return to football. But he also essentially admitted no one knows anything about his rate of recovery.

Nerve regeneration is tricky business. It could happen next month or it could not happen at all.  Until Manning’s neck is right, no team is going to sign him.

32 responses to “Cooper Manning: Predictions about Peyton are a waste of breath

  1. Read the writing on the wall. Peyton has played his last NFL game, it’s over. He has the heart of a champion, but he is broken.Root for Eli and wave goodbye to Peyton.

  2. Next up Mama Manning. Folks it a perfect storm, get ready its going to be Manning 24/7 for the rest of the off-season. With of course some Tebow thrown in there.

  3. He’s done. He’s struggling to get healthy and I can’t see him wanting to play anywhere else. Besides, every other team already has an OC set in place and aren’t going to want to learn the Manning system, nor is he going to want to learn a new system.

  4. Wow too bad he was an all-state wide reciever then he got spinal stenosis so instead of using athletic ability he used his brain to become successfull and he’s the head of a major energy firm so check your facts before you bash someone and spinal stenosis is numbness in the hands so how would he even be able to be a quarterback

  5. Very Sad that Peyton’s career could be over. He was amazing. Top 5 of all time. With Johnny U, Tom Brady and Joe Montana

  6. Cooper (if I remember correctly) has a narrowed spinal canal in the cervical region of his vertebrae. He was talented as a football player, but was told out of high school that one hit could at some point cause him to be paralyzed. However, this is by memory so not entirely sure it is accurate. But if it is, 90suhperbowl90 and briang123, you probably should feel pretty poorly about yourselves for your comments. He was asked a question and answered it. At no point did he try to predict, interject his history, etc into the (reported part) of the conversation

  7. I wonder if Cooper Manning realizes he’s wasting his breath. And I suppose I’m wasting my time commenting on another Manning article. Kickoff can’t come soon enough.

  8. Actually by most accounts Cooper Manning was a very good football player also but a narrow spinal cord ended his chances at a pro career. Just so you guys know.

  9. Having these neck surgeries was like the worst career move anyone has done and I’ll tell you why later.

    But first, I guess my question is, why are these reports coming out that he’s retiring? Why retire now anyway? I know why he would retire, but the timing sucks and having it be right before the March deadline is fishy as if he has to meet the Colts deadline and if he doesn’t meet that deadline he needs to retire?

    Going back to the surgeries. He went from a 33td’s 4500 yard season 85 percent 28 million dollar man-to not being able to throw the football past 30 yards. So…who told him he could ressurect his career having these neck surgeries?, Obviously at 85 percent Manning was the highest paid player. So a fused Manning is worth???

    So i guess we’re left with this. He gambled away his football future and a 90 million dollar contract to have a high risk, high reward surgery for which he knew it would take him a full season and a full offseason to recover and now I’m supposed to believe that after 7 months, no offseason he quits? Did he not know this was gonna be a little complicated?

  10. intergalacticbronco says:
    Jan 30, 2012 4:41 PM
    So I’m guessing cooper is the familys failed quarterback. No wonder I’ve never heard of this guy.

    You’ve never heard of him because you don’t know anything.

    All State WR coming out of high school. Was diagnosed with spinal stenosis at 18 and lost all his scholarship offers. Was actually considered the best, and most promising, athlete of the 3 brothers at the time.

    Thanks for the reply!! I love the idiots that reply to something they no nothing about!!

  11. @ jasonculhane

    Worst “Career” move.. maybe…

    But I find it funny that so many people don’t realize that football players are human beings and that their life and future matter more than the game of football.

    Peyton had surgery because he had major neck issues which could have shortened his life for put him in a wheel chair by the time he was 40. It’s not as much of a “high risk” when you factor in that he will be able to hold his kids and his grand kids in the future…

  12. Bet there have been a few miserable nights for Mrs. Peyton Manning dealing his Peyton’s understandable frustration.. Wish you guys peace, if nothing else.

  13. It’s not a waste of breath unless you are planning on his return. Rob Lowe was right, the dude is done.

  14. Even Peyton couldn’t turn the colts into a winning team. Great career. He should retire now.

  15. @ noquickreactionshere

    I understand what your saying, but there are alot of details not getting addressed across the media wire about this.

    Chris Mortenson was on Espn NFL 32 confirming that he’s been cleared for contact back in december thats a direct quote. So based on that information there is no indication that he’s at anykind of the “risk” your suggesting. A bulging disc isn’t considered a “major” neck issue and the surgery is blown a tad bit out of porportion interms of questioning him being able to walk again. He needs to worry about throwing the ball, thats the issue, not physical contact.

    The fact is it was Manning’s choice to have surgery, people live with that injury and players have played with it, his tolerence may be lesser to some, considering how much pain he states he was having, but the Colts never listed his “major neck”troubles on any injury report last year.

    I beleive its those like you and the media, that are blowing this type of situation out of porportion, thinking he could be paralyzed when its been documented that players have played the linebacker position with this fusion done and indeed played well. The fact is if he gets hit his percentages of being paralyzed are no greater then anyother football player.
    With all due respect, Manning could have not had the surgery, it was his choice.

    The question is arm strength, physical condition, so lets stop with the rumor that if someone touches him he’ll never walk again.

  16. Cooper was the most gifted of the three brothers. He is now the family money manager, handling Eli’s, Peyton’s and Archies fortunes.

  17. So let me run this though the Manning to reality algorithm:

    Archie says, “he’s not retiring”
    Cooper says, “predictions are a waste of breath”
    Eli says, “I’m Elite!!”
    Peyton says, “………………..”

    Either he’s not retireing, or someones’ full of it.

    Only time will tell, I’m betting on the latter.

  18. @ 90suhperbowl90

    Cooper was a wide receiver at ole miss whose career was cut short by a neck injury.
    His comments are warranted. Stop hating people.

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