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Indy Reporter Says Peyton Manning’s Arm is a “Noodle”: Fan’s Take
When you're a future Hall-of-Fame quarterback and hoping for a $28 million payday, having a local reporter describe your throwing arm as a "noodle" is not what you want to hear. However, that's exactly what's happened to Peyton Manning this week after Indianapolis Star reporter Bob Kravitz told the world this news while he was a guest on the Tony Kornheiser radio show.
Kravitz would be the one reporter who would know, as he's covered Manning for over a decade in Indianapolis. He's the guy that Manning will go to if he wants to make a public statement (see the interview he did with Peyton a few weeks ago when Manning was having a public dust-up with owner Jim Irsay). Kravitz is the one reporter who always seems to have the inside scoop with Manning and the Indianapolis Colts.
Peyton's noodle arm is a direct consequence of damage down to the particular nerve that controls the triceps in his throwing arm. Manning apparently suffered this nerve damage back earlier in the year secondary to the cervical disc issues he was having. Surgery done in May to remove part of a damaged disc did not appear to alleviate the muscle weakness he was experiencing. Although his recovery was not what he expected or wanted, it wasn't until his neck began bothering him again just before the start of the NFL season that he was forced to go back under the knife for a cervical neck fusion.
While the fusion itself has healed in his neck, the nerve apparently has yet to regenerate. That's not a surprise, as nerves themselves can take several months to heal (and sometimes they never heal). The real issue all along with Manning's recovery was not whether his neck would heal (that was a given); it was whether or not his nerve innervating the triceps muscle would heal enough to give him back the arm strength that's required of an NFL quarterback.
I'm not at all worried that Manning's career is over yet. I believe his neck issues have been fixed with this cervical fusion and, with his doctors clearing him for full football contact, he's obviously capable of getting back on the field someday. If anyone can push their body to heal faster, it's Peyton Manning. All he needs is more time, and this might involve the rest of 2012. It's a no-brainer that the Colts will release him in March before he's due his $28 million roster bonus. The Colts need to move on, and Manning needs to be on a team that really wants his services.
This story isn't over yet, and it won't be over until Manning declares he's retired. I can't see that happening for several more years. I truly believe Manning will return to the field next season fully healed with a new team and a new fire to prove himself.
Julie is a fanatical football fan and was born in Indiana. She's been following this Peyton Manning injury saga since the beginning.
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