Peyton Manning is well known for his accomplishments on the football field. The Indianapolis Colts quarterback is the first four-time MVP and all of the things he has done on the field are a direct result of his practice and study of the game.
Manning was giving up close to an hour and a half per day for the last four years to undergo treatment to relieve symptoms which were a result of pinched nerve. This is time that could have been spent in meetings and weight sessions. Manning had enough of it and had neck surgery back in March which was successful in alleviating these symptoms. Now, he’s back on the field in preparation of the upcoming 2010 NFL season.
“I feel good out there throwing, I feel good in my lifting, I feel like everything went according to plan,” Manning said on the opening day of the Indianapolis Colts’ mandatory minicamp. “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.”
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These comments were the first made publically by Manning since the Colt’s Super Bowl XLIV loss to the New Orleans Saints. Indianapolis head coach Jim Caldwell, in order to give his team more time off, pushed back the team’s offseason program this year. Manning has spent time with his receivers since April and has worked with rookie tight end Brody Eldridge to work on their timing. Also, he and Anthony Gonzalez, who was injured in their opener last season and missed the entire season, have worked on re-establishing their connection.
One receiver he has not worked with is Reggie Wayne. Wayne is staying away from minicamp in hopes to make a statement regarding his contract. Wayne did issue a statement through his agent saying he is working out in Florida as usual.
“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.”
Manning, who is entering the final year of his contract, declined to speak on what the future holds following this year. However, owner Jim Irsay did say that he will line up a deal to make him the highest paid player in the league.
A healed Manning will be critical as the Colts head into the 2010 NFL season as they try to get back to the Super Bowl. According to NFL sportsbooks, the Colts have their odds set 9/1 to win Super Bowl XLV.