Conflicting news reports, fights with his owner and the big game in Indy. Peyton Manning is not playing in the Super Bowl, or at all, but a lot of chatter in the league is about him. He talked to ESPN this week and this is what I got from it.
When asked about reports of retirement, Peyton Manning says “I have no plans on doing that.” Of course, this is on the heels of his public argument with team owner Jim Irsay.
Since the season ended commentators and analysts have been speculating about his recovery. Manning did say during a taped interview with ESPN yesterday that he likely will meet with Irsay soon to discuss his future with the team. But Manning said it was too soon to tell how things will go. In my opinion, that does not sound good. If Manning does come back, it may likely not be as a Colt.
It’s been a tumultuous month for the Colts, and Manning’s future continues to cast a shadow over this week’s Super Bowl, the first in Indianapolis.
Most of the Patriots and Giants said they’re not paying attention to speculation that Manning’s career could be over, but it’s a difficult topic to avoid.
Giants quarterback Eli Manning said Tuesday he hoped to see his brother as the QB for the Colts again.
Cooper Manning, Peyton’s other brother, told NFL Network’s Albert Breer that Manning was determined to return next season. Peyton Manning sounded encouraged about his recovery progress during the ESPN interview and said that everything doctors have told him about the process has been on point, suggesting he’s on schedule.
That update from Manning came despite a Yahoo! Sports report that said the nerves in his arm are not healing in a way that would indicate he can come back to action.
NFL Network insider Jason La Canfora reported last Saturday that the Colts have decided to move on without Manning.
Canfora has been wrong before. While I’m not a big Colts fan, I sure love to see Peyton play and I missed the 6’5″, 230 lb, rocket laser arm quarterback this season.