Indianapolis Colts QB Peyton Manning underwent surgery in May to correct a bulging disk in his neck but he appears to be very cautious about doing to much in the time being.
ESPN’s Chris Mortensen reports that Manning didn’t partake in this years Manning Passing Academy.
“For the first time in 16 years of the Manning Passing Academy,” Mortensen writes, “the Indianapolis Colts’ quarterback did not physically participate with the others on the campus of Nicholls State University and served only as a verbal instructor.”
The fact that Manning remains cautious isn’t all that surprising but the fact that he’s missing out on valuable rehabbing time with his trainer is a bit of concern for the upcoming season.
“The lockout didn’t allow me to work my (Colts) therapist, Erin Barill, and I’m just not comfortable taking any chances with this thing,” Manning said. “Erin knows me. He’s rehabbed me through two other surgeries (neck and knee) and I think most people understand that once you build up a trust with your therapist, that’s the guy you want and need to work with.”
The 2011 season could be the hard year yet for Manning and the Colts string of playoff appearances as the Houston Texans continue to add talent to their roster. The Colts have a number of issue to deal with and Manning’s health is something that will be worth monitoring considering that he’s not even sure when he’ll be able to return to the practice field.