Peyton Manning just had neck surgery a couple of months ago, back in March. He said it has relieved his symptoms and he feels good after it. He went through up to three treatment sessions. He also had time to do some other workouts and weight-lifting.
“I feel good out there throwing, I feel good in my lifting, I feel like everything went according to plan,” he said on the opening day of mini-camp. “I’m very relieved of that and I no longer have to get the treatment that I was having to get for the past four years.
“Treatment was time as much as anything, manual traction trying to relieve some things. Three times a day about 25 minutes apiece just got to be tough, very time consuming.”
Manning has had a pinched nerve in his neck that has been bothering him for four straight years. This is why he had to go to Chicago to get his surgery on his neck. Manning told the press about his neck problems after the Indianapolis Colts suffered a 31-17 loss to the New Orleans Saints in the Super Bowl back in February.
We’ve seen the recent history of the teams that have lost the Super Bowl. They tend to not make the playoffs and struggle often. Manning says he isn’t buying it and doesn’t believe in it at all.
“I don’t really get into the tendencies,” he said. “I think it’s all about how you handle it as a team. I think we’ve had another outstanding off-season. Come training camp time we expect everybody to be here.”
Jim Caldwell is giving players a lot of time for the team activites. He doesn’t want to put too much on their shoulders for the upcoming 2010-11 NFL season after what has just happened for the 2009.
Manning has shown once again that he is an unselfish player. He never talked about his contract issues once to the press or anybody. But I think it will happen before the regular season starts. Jim Irsay said he will give the 34-year-old, four-time MVP quarterback a contract so big, it would make him the highest-paid player in the National Football League.
Manning is working often to prepare his receivers, something he really didn’t have time to do last year; instead, progressing through the season with his new receiving targets in Pierre Garcon, Austin Collie, Tom Santi, and others.
Manning has been working with his new receiving targets this year. He’s working with new tight end Brody Eldridge, Sam Giguere (who is believed to be the next Wes Welker), and re-working and progressing with Anthony Gonzalez, who was injured for the whole season last year.
Manning will be unable to work with Reggie Wayne, though. It was reported just a few days ago that Wayne will be missing mini-camp. It was due to contract issues. Wayne will be making close to $6M for this year and next year. He says all he wants is a new contract. But though Wayne isn’t training with the team, he issued in a statement that he will practice at his home in Florida.
“I have tremendous respect for [owner] Jim Irsay, [president] Bill Polian and the entire Indianapolis Colts organization, but at this time, we are in disagreement concerning my contract situation,” Wayne said. “Therefore, I will not be attending this week’s mini-camp.
“I hope that a fair resolution can be reached in the not-too-distant future that allows me to achieve my goal of playing my entire career with the Colts.”
This makes things questionable. Jim Irsay is working on a contract to Peyton Manning, in which he said he would do in a statement even before the Super Bowl against the Saints. Now Reggie Wayne will be holding out because of his contract issues. Not only that, but Robert Mathis and Antoine Bethea also have contract issues as well. Mathis has been longing for one and Bethea has not yet agreed on a one-year tender offer. He can’t play until he has signed a contract. The Colts have a major problem there, because all these guys are important to the Colts success.
Jim Caldwell said he will coach anybody that will show up and he won’t be intimidated by the veterans with their contract issues. Manning says he hopes all the contract issues resolve by August 1st, when training camp begins. Manning hopes to be healthier, which he has been for the past twelve years, and beat every team this season. He wants to make every other team suffer and feel miserable.
“You’ve still got to go out there and do it,” Manning said. “I’m excited about the potential for this team and hopefully we can put it to good use.”
The Colts hope to improve soon. Dwight Freeney is rehabbing from his injury problem during the time of the Super Bowl. Bob Sanders is finally back, as he barely played for the past two seasons. He hopes to become an important part of the Colts’ defense for next year. A lot of players are recovering from some injuries, some not that big, though.
Right now, there’s one mission before training camp.