Peyton Manning still can’t feel fingers, but otherwise feels fine

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Peyton Manning still can’t feel his fingertips. But he does feel like last year’s problems are behind him.

Manning told Peter King of TheMMQB.com that he still doesn’t have feeling in the fingertips of his right hand, after the 2011 surgeries to repair his neck problem.

“I can’t feel anything in my fingertips,” Manning said. “It’s crazy. I’ve talked to a doctor recently who said, Don’t count on the feeling coming back.

“It was hard for me for about two years, because one doctor told me I could wake up any morning and it might come back. So you wake up every day thinking, Today’s the day! Then it’s not.”

While that’s alarming, it’s also not completely unexpected. But his numbers haven’t necessarily dropped off, except for the last month of last season. Manning said those struggles were related to a stomach bug he picked up before a game at San Diego, which led to dehydration. That led to the quad problems that bothered him the rest of the year, and made him look like a guy who was reaching the end.

“I threw up all night,” he said. “Then, in the game, I moved to the right on a simple scramble and my quad cramped on me. It lingered. I couldn’t shake it the rest of the year.

“I really studied it hard this offseason, whether it could linger into this year or whether it was isolated. I just think I got dehydrated, and that caused it. I don’t think you can blame it on my age. It was just an isolated thing. I’ve made it through every other season, and this off-season I went through a state of the union physically, if you will, and I started training earlier and made some dietary changes.”

Approaching that process as thoroughly as he prepares for anything might help him know the issues. But he might not be able to account for the simple impact of age, which even he can’t control.

45 responses to “Peyton Manning still can’t feel fingers, but otherwise feels fine

  1. I more of a Brady guy.. But man Manning is a stud. Having a record season without being able to feel the football with your finger tips.. Enjoy while these QB’s.. Soon we will have Luck vs Tannehill and Bridgewater vs Carr… Yuck.

  2. He should be getting accupuncture regularly. Why has this taken 4 years to come out? Some people respond to accupuncture and others don’t.

  3. Keep telling us how he’s fine, Donkey fans.

    Huge mistake not cutting their losses with this noodle armed QB, it’s over.

  4. It’s funny to me how no player ever thinks his problems are a result of age, even though it always has been for every other older player. It’s like they just keep denying it until the day the retire. Would anybody be shocked if this is Peyton’s “Brett Favre 2010” season?

  5. Another day, another excuse from the Greatest QB of all time.who can’t win half his playoff games I wonder what rule he wants changed this year that favors him. He’ll probably suggest one the forces the Pats to play with only 9 players on defense when they play the Broncos

  6. I may dislike Peyton, but I respect his ability to throw the sportsball (at least in the regular season ;)). Players of his caliber, you just wish could keep on playing to keep on giving us the game at or near its finest.

  7. Not being able to feel the fingertips in one’s throwing hand sounds like a minor problem for a QB.

    Not.

  8. Nice, usually we hear the excuses about why Peyton failed after the fact. Now it’s built in before the season.

  9. I feel like he is making his preemptive excuses for when he fails late in the season. “Old age” “struggling with injuries from last season” “I still can’t feel my finger tips”

  10. I just hope the guy goes out while he’s still healthy and without forced out on a stretcher. No one wins if Peyton Manning is carted off the field the last time he’s on one with everyone wondering if he’ll ever walk again.

  11. Why all the Peyton hating? He is one of the best QBs ever. I for one miss the great match-ups between Peyton/Colts and Brady/Pats. Any teal football fan would celebrate and acknowledge his accomplishments.

    Pats fan.

  12. I know how he feels… I cramped up overreaching for a beer, and couldn’t recover for the rest of the game.

  13. freedompurveyor says:
    Aug 24, 2015 9:25 AM
    Read the story people. He hasn’t had feeling in his fingertips since 2011, when he had neck surgery. This isn’t new.
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    The thing is, all this stuff wasn’t brought up when he came back and had a record season. Non of this was mentioned except for how great he is and what a comeback year he’s having. Now, after a bad end to his year, it’s the excuse train. He’s a great QB, but his time has passed and it’s sorry to see him try to milk out another season and come up with excuses when he can’t win.

  14. The neck bone connected to the shoulder bone, the shoulder bone connected to the arm bones, the arm bones connected to the finger bones. Hear the word of the lord. Now everybody.

  15. quickbooks12 says:
    Aug 24, 2015 9:46 AM

    freedompurveyor says:
    Aug 24, 2015 9:25 AM
    Read the story people. He hasn’t had feeling in his fingertips since 2011, when he had neck surgery. This isn’t new.
    ____________

    The thing is, all this stuff wasn’t brought up when he came back and had a record season. Non of this was mentioned except for how great he is and what a comeback year he’s having. Now, after a bad end to his year, it’s the excuse train. He’s a great QB, but his time has passed and it’s sorry to see him try to milk out another season and come up with excuses when he can’t win.
    Seriously, learn to read! He did not attribute his below par performance to his fingers, he placed the blame for poor performance of the dehydration related injury.

  16. Hmm… then that would explain the “big whiffle ball” pass Big Bro Manning threw on Saturday versus the Texans. Dude, you’re not going to surpass your lil’ bro Eli[te] with his two (2) SB wins, so hang it up now considering that Elway/Broncos would be dumbified to offer you another $100M+ contract. Reality Check.

  17. Still not buying the excuse that a strained quad in his leg turned his arm into a noodle for the last 6 games of the season. It took him 4 years to own up about his fingers – what’s he going to tell us about his arm 4 years from now?

  18. freedompurveyor says:
    Aug 24, 2015 9:25 AM
    Read the story people. He hasn’t had feeling in his fingertips since 2011, when he had neck surgery. This isn’t new.
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    It also isn’t new that he should have retired after that happened. I don’t care about passing records. I care about winning Trophy’s with Lombardi’s name on it.

    And Peyton Manning was never going to win another Lombardi after that surgery. He probably wasn’t going to win another before that surgery.

    Reminds me of Favre after Green Bay cut him loose. The Packers knew they couldn’t and wouldn’t win another title with him at QB after that terrible performance v. the NYGs at home in the cold. He was “retired”, just like Manning was from the Colts. Each wanted passing records and they got them. So what?

    If they want to play and someone will pay them, then have at it, but let’s not delude ourselves into believing that either was ever going to win a title again.

  19. Excuse #1: Peyton can’t feel fingertips

    Excuse #2: Peyton’s Off. Line is terrible

    Excuse #3: It was Kubiak’s fault… lol

  20. swagger52 says:
    Aug 25, 2015 8:43 AM
    Best QB ever, especially since he did it the right way without cheating.

    ***Best REGULAR SEASON QB ever***

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