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Thursday, September 8, 2011
Many Manning questions just unreasonable

By Paul Kuharsky


We’ve said there is too much guessing going on regarding Peyton Manning.

Now Jim Irsay’s tweeted to squash the latest rumor, that Manning’s had recent surgery. He also said Manning is out "awhile."

There is a lot of talk about his timetable, and it presumes knowledge we just don’t have.

I’m hearing shouts like this: Why did Manning wait until May 23 to have surgery?

The answer to your questions is a bunch of questions.

How do we know he needed surgery before that? Isn’t it likely doctors went first with a conservative approach? Isn’t a procedure that comes with a six- to eight-week recovery timetable completely reasonable in the spring when considering a fall season? Couldn’t Manning have suffered a new injury or worsened the old one, requiring something in May that he didn’t need in January?

Just like the timetable for his return, we don’t know, we don’t know, we don’t know.

I’m impatient. I want information. I can jump to conclusions.

But here is a call for caution and consideration.

Manning joked about HIIPA, and we’re never going to learn all we’d like. Maybe he’s back in a few weeks. Maybe there is another surgery that puts him out longer.

We should not be claiming to know that anything medical has been mismanaged here.

The primary thing that was mismanaged was Plan B. The Colts failed to sufficiently prepare early enough for the alternate universe -- the one without Manning.

One more thing: This idea that if Manning has been rehabbing with the Colts’ medical staff instead of having to find other doctors to help him he’d be good to go is nonsense.

Colts director of rehabilitation Erin Barill is excellent at his job, I am certain. Manning couldn’t be with him during the lockout and hated that. But Barill doesn’t have some magic dust that would have regenerated a nerve in Manning’s neck that other rehabilitation people lack.