Peyton Manning commented on his Monday neck surgery to Mike Chappell.
Chappell's Wednesday story expanded on what he wrote a day earlier, and included this passage, the first we've heard from Manning on workouts during the lockout.
The latest surgery accentuates what has been an atypical offseason for Manning and the rest of the NFL. The lockout of players by owners is in its third month. Not only have players had to work out on their own, they have been prohibited from having any contact with teams.
"The unfortunate thing is I have had to do all of this on my own," Manning said. "I've been able to have no help from the Colts because of the lockout."
Although he'll be relatively idle for the next few weeks, Manning emphasized he and his teammates have gotten in significant work. Manning, backup quarterback Curtis Painter, tight ends Dallas Clark and Jacob Tamme, receivers Austin Collie, Anthony Gonzalez, Pierre Garcon and Blair White, running back Donald Brown and others began gathering in various undisclosed locations April 1.
"We've had very good throwing sessions with Dallas and Gonzalez and Collie and everyone else," Manning said. "The timing and everything else really feels good."
That is not something the rest of the NFL wants to hear right now. Especially the Titans, with a new coaching staff, and the Texans, with a new defensive coaching staff.