Originally written on The Victory Formation  |  Last updated 10/7/11

I cannot imagine seeing Peyton Manning playing this season.  At least, that is what I thought when I heard he was undergoing surgery on his neck, again.   I mean, you have to shut it down, right?  Why risk it?  Peyton seemed so subdued in interviews with the realization that his 2011 season would stay on the shelf.  It is typical for athletes to sound depressed during surgery, so maybe it was part of that.  But at the same time it just didn’t make sense for him to comeback, especially after signing that lucrative contract.

But now reports are that rehab is progressing well and Peyton is hopeful to play again this season. Maybe Peyton is getting stir-crazy.  He has been forced to sit in the coaches box on Sundays, and was just give the OK to return to the sidelines. I can only guess that Peyton is really struggling seeing his team winless.  Fans definitely are, so must be driving the guy who had started every single game from his rookie year, 13 straight seasons.  Peyton knows that him getting hurt is the reason the team is terrible. He knows that he is the MVP.  He knows that his injury is a red flag to management that they need to find a successor in case he goes down again or when he gets to his contract.  You can’t tell me that Peyton isn’t concerned with who the Colts select if they end up with the first pick. It will be Andrew Luck.

Peyton Manning is going to everything that he physically can to get back on the football field.  I think any doctor would be crazy to clear him this season to play, but I wouldn’t be shocked if they did.   Peyton is a competitor and he wants to play, and he doesn’t want to look over his shoulder in the process either.

Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

Toronto column after trade details Kessel's love of hot dogs

A-Rod, Yankees, union in talks to donate HR bonus to charity

Dez Bryant, Cowboys reportedly on verge of contract extension

Report: Braxton Miller to reveal 'immediate plans' next week

Kobe responds to Aldridge report with funny meme


One pitch away: Carrasco loses no-hitter in bottom of the 9th

England loses World Cup semifinal to Japan in heartbreaking fashion

Braxton Miller had 'successful' check-up visit

Raptors signing Carroll is shrewdest move of free agency

Report: Los Angeles Clippers will sign Paul Pierce

With Kevin Love retained, the Cavs can take care of LeBron

Chargers job listing: Applicants must be open to move to LA

College football's 35 most patriotic helmets

TUF weekly recap by NOS® Energy Drink

Cavs on verge of shattering NBA's luxury tax record

Sizing up baseball's (potential) trade deadline sellers

Emmitt Smith backs out as judge at Miss USA Pageant

Holes-in-one at PGA Tour event means $100 in fans' pockets

A brief history of non-star All-Stars

David West explains why he opted out of Pacers contract

Warriors, Draymond Green agree to 5-year, $85 million deal

Twins call up top prospect Miguel Sano

Robert Griffin III speaks at UN to advocate for protecting oceans

NFL News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

College football's 35 most patriotic helmets

A brief history of non-star All-Stars

With Love retained, the Cavs can take care of LeBron

Grading the deal: Davis commits to Pelicans

Obama Administration: Change name if Redskins move to D.C.

Deciding what the All-Star Game means

Odell Beckham Jr. offered professional baseball contract

Orioles keep finding a way to win

Lloyd sends USWNT to World Cup final

Selecting the 2015 AL All-Stars

NBA Draft grades: Eastern Conference

Under the radar NBA free agents

Today's Best Stuff
For Bloggers

Join the Yardbarker Network for more promotion, traffic, and money.

Company Info
What is Yardbarker?

Yardbarker is the largest network of sports blogs and pro athlete blogs on the web. This site is the hub of the Yardbarker Network, where our editors and algorithms curate the best sports content from our network and beyond.