After a firestorm of Twitter activity last night, the Indianapolis Colts have released an official statement regarding quarterback Peyton Manning’s continued recovery from off-season neck surgery. In part, the post on Colts.com reads
During the last week, the rate of improvement in Peyton’s rehabilitation process slowed. Over the weekend Peyton experienced soreness in his back. It was originally thought to be a normal reaction to his rehabilitation regimen. When the soreness persisted, the Colts medical team decided to initiate diagnostic tests and to consult with a number of specialists around the country who have been involved in Peyton’s case from the outset. That process continues. As a result of the most recent development the doctors have decided that Peyton will not practice. His participation therefore, in Sunday’s game versus Houston will likely be doubtful. We will update his playing status as required by NFL policy as the week goes on.
Really, this “news” isn’t far off from what we already knew, is it? Manning is recovering, he’ll be ready when he’s ready, etc. Two things about this situation and the statement are striking:
- The team, for the first time that I can remember, admits that Manning is very iffy for the Houston opener.
- Colts management was essentially forced to release this breathtaking update thanks to the Tweets of a local broadcaster with “sources.”