Reports: Peyton cannot throw the ball

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There's been plenty of speculation about where Indianapolis Colts quarterback Peyton Manning will play in the 2012 season. But the bigger question is becoming when will Manning be able to play after missing the 2011 campaign?

The biggest concern regarding Manning’s health following a season lost to a neck injury is simple: Can he still throw the ball effectively?

According to NFL Network analyst Michael Lombardi, because of the recovery time needed from multiple surgeries, Manning's arm lacks the necessary zip and strength.

"He can't throw the ball," Lombardi said, as a guest on ESPN's “The B.S. Report with Bill Simmons.” "I've talked to people who've caught the ball for him. He can't throw the ball to his left. He can't throw the ball across his body, because he doesn't feel it. People that catch the ball for him say he doesn't really have velocity on the ball yet."
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Peyton Manning can practice signing all he wants, but his throws in workouts are not going to land him a job until he gets stronger. (AP Photo)

What Lombardi heard from his sources is similar to what Indianapolis Star columnist Bob Kravitz has learned about Manning. Kravitz, appearing on ESPN's Tony Kornheiser's radio show on Tuesday, referred to Manning having a "noodle arm" at the moment.

The sentiment is that while Manning's neck itself isn’t a problem, there are several months of arm rehabilitation needed before he can prove he's ready to help a team on the field. There's also no guarantee that he'll be strong enough to make all the throws in time for the 2012 season.

So at this point for the Colts, armed with the No. 1 pick in the draft, there is far less uncertainty in moving on with Stanford quarterback Andrew Luck as their starter. Before potential suitors such as the Washington Redskins and Miami Dolphins can consider bringing in Manning, they'll need to make decisions on other available QBs such as Baylor's Robert Griffin III or Green Bay Packers free agent Matt Flynn.

If the Colts decide, as expected, to part ways with Manning rather than pay him a $28 million bonus on March 8, it's becoming likely he will need to wait awhile before another team takes a risk on his services


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he's been at it for a while cut him some slack. he should retire.

he's already outlived so many nfl qb's carrer length it's hard to believe . great qb who just needs to hang it up
 

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Why should he hang it up? He seems optimisitc that he can still perform at a high level despite the fact that others think he won't. If I were in his shoes I wouldn't want to give up an opportunity to keep playing the game I love if there was a chance to keep playing.

I hope he keeps training hard and gets back to 100%. Even at 75% he's better than a lot of qbs in the league right now. If his arm is really dead then I hope he admits it to himself and retires rather than having an embarrassing season. Something tells me he still has a lot left though...
 

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Obviously, football is his life, but the man is taking a hell of a risk if you ask me. Spinal/nerve injuries are very tricky and not something to be messed with. Perhaps he has some correctable muscle atrophy, but still. If the Colts don't give him the big bucks, how much will he command on the open market? Favre got around $12 million/year from the Vikings, so I'd imagine that it'd be in that range. I certainly wouldn't risk my long term health to take the cash and play for the Redskins, that's for sure. Are there any teams in need of a QB that would have a legit shot at the Super Bowl with Manning, that have cap space? The only two possibilities that I can think of are Houston or the Jets (I'm assuming that S.F.will keep Smith).
 

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Well showing my age here but anyone besides me remember watching Willy Joe Nammath playing with the Rams.

It was sad to watch.
 
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Well showing my age here but anyone besides me remember watching Willy Joe Nammath playing with the Rams.

It was sad to watch.


Yes, 1977. He had No Business going to the Rams. Should have just retired.
 

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Well showing my age here but anyone besides me remember watching Willy Joe Nammath playing with the Rams.

It was sad to watch.

Different sport, but the saddest to me was watching Fernando Valenzuela pitch for various teams late in his career... occasionally he would get shelled in the first inning and walk off the mound with his head down. Really sad.
 

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