Sources: Peyton Manning cleared
Peyton Manning has been medically cleared by two doctors, including Dr. Robert Watkins, who performed the most recent surgery on the Indianapolis Colts quarterback’s neck, to resume his NFL career, sources told ESPN senior NFL analyst Chris Mortensen and ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter.
Watkins, according to the sources, joined Colts neurosurgeon Dr. Hank Feuer in clearing Manning to play. One source said that Feuer recently told Manning, “If you were my own son, I’d tell (you) to go play.”
What remains in question is the timeline in which Manning’s nerve regeneration to his triceps will improve to the point where he is throwing passes in the manner that helped him win four MVP awards during his 13-year career.
Three days away from the Super Bowl, and again the story is about Peyton Manning. The Colts face a March 8 deadline by which time they must decide whether to pay Manning the $28 million option bonus he'll be due or cut him free. With Manning's health questions, his advanced NFL age, and Indy's option to draft Andrew Luck, it seems at this point a foregone conclusion Manning will become a free agent and the Colts will draft Luck.
The NFL season may be concluding on Sunday in Indy, but the drama there is only heating up. Just don't look to Rob Lowe for the latest scoop.
Super Bowl Shoutout: The Power of Tebow
Behind our table was a window and a small group of fans could see inside. They spotted Tebow. The crowd grew. And grew. And grew some more. A few people turned into about 40 or 50 at least. People who couldn’t even see in the window just stood there hearing that Tebow was inside. The crowd got so large it spilled into the street and police had to tell the fans to step back onto the sidewalk.
Tebow left and went outside where he signed countless autographs (Goodell later did the same).
Kudos to Tim, whose celebrity has lessened neither his approachability nor appreciation for his fans. But, we knew about this already.
The real surprises here are that Goodell joined him, and that people actually wanted his autograph too.
Good Morning, Broncos fans! Gather 'round, kids - it's time for another episode of Learning With Woody. Today's lessons:
Now to the actual journalism (maybe): Woody's sense is the Broncos will give Tim Tebow all of 2012 to prove whether he should be their long-term QB or not, and if not then they'll draft a new guy high in the 2013 Draft.
¹ This is not a suggestion that Manning should come to Denver. Really, it's not.
² According to PFF, Tebow ranked 28th out of 31 QBs in terms of deep passing accuracy, despite the 10th-lowest drop rate on such passes (only two drops in 63 attempts).*
* Not saying Tebow can't throw deep or can't improve. Just presenting facts.
Tim Tebow has canceled an appearance at a revival organized by a controversial Ohio preacher, a spokesman for the star athlete said Wednesday. The Denver Broncos quarterback and dedicated Christian had been scheduled to speak at a three-day Columbus event in March led by televangelist Rod Parsley.
Tebow’s brother Robbie said in a phone interview that he was canceling the talk. Robbie Tebow said his brother’s speakers’ bureau hadn’t researched the event before saying yes to the invitation. “I know for a fact that Tim is not going to be a part of it,” Robbie Tebow said. “That’s being resolved.”
Parsley teaches that God wants the faithful to be rich. Last year, he asked followers to donate more than $1 million to ward off satanic attacks. In the 2008 presidential election, Republican Sen. John McCain disowned an endorsement from Parsley after learning the pastor called Islam an “anti-Christ” religion.
I'm not saying Satan attacks or anything, but when and if he does, I'm glad there are people like Rod Parsley who are well funded to, you know, give that ol' nasty Satan the business.
John Legend Sings a Tim Tebow Parody
Earlier today, John Legend made his way to ESPN headquarters in Bristol, CT to appear on First Take with Skip Bayless and Stephen A. Smith. There’s no doubt besides the upcoming Superbowl on Sunday, and Peyton Manning’s career-status, that the biggest story this NFL season was Tebowmania. Watch as the Grammy award winner performs a Tim Tebow-themed parody of his hit, “Ordinary People.”
Tim Tebow Refuses To Drop Pants For Jockey Underwear Campaign
NFL golden boy Tim Tebow is the newest face of Jockey. But unlike David Beckham and those who came before him, Tebow isn’t willing to drop his trousers to sell a few pairs of underwear…An underwear-clad Tebow was briefly displayed on the company’s website, but has since been replaced with an image of the Denver Broncos player fully clothed.
Marketing expert Stephen Bender agrees: “If you’re not going to show the product, then how is the campaign going to work? You are either selling underwear or you’re not.”
But Michael Kleinmann, editor-in-chief of The Underwear Expert, said it’s the public’s discomfort with a man in underwear that has kept Tebow zipped up. “Tebow should have dropped his pants,” Kleinmann told me. “I don’t know why everyone is so scared of men in underwear. Choosing a guy that people can relate to—a man’s man—is good, but even he walks around his house in his underwear… People just need to relax and stop being afraid.”
I was reminded of Acts 18:9: One night the Lord spoke to Paul in a vision: “Do not be afraid; keep on speaking, do not be silent, but put some clothes on, would ya? For my sake, I can see yer Johnson."
Tebow has big fan in Sean Salisbury
“”Tim Tebow has got what I can’t teach: A winner and leader,” said former NFL quarterback and ESPN analyst Sean Salisbury. “”We’ve got enough buttheads in this league who don’t know how to grab somebody by the throat and tell him to play. This kid does. Now, his mechanics are awful. Whoever taught him to yank his (front) arm through _ I know it wasn’t Denver _ did him a great disservice. It’s like trying to swim upstream. But I can promise you this: Give me four months with that kid and he’ll complete 60 percent of his passes next year. Because he wants to work. He’s one of those guys who stays the course.’’
Not sure that I trust Sean Salisbury as a QB guru. His career accuracy percentage is 55.1%. And then there's the anger management and sexting thing, after which Salisbury was suspened from ESPN. Recently, Salisbury
was dropped by parted ways with the Lingerie Football League. Without the connections to women's lingerie, what good is he, really?
You're dead to me, Sean Salisbury.
When I first moved to Colorado, I was coming from about 250 ft of altitude in Chicago (where I was born) to 9,200 feet up in Summit County. For those not in Colorado, it’s an hour up the interstate 70 and through either Loveland Pass or the Eisenhower Tunnel to get to the main area of the county, which includes Breckenridge, Frisco, Keystone, Silverthorne and other towns and areas. I loved it from the first time I saw it, years before I moved up there.
And, for years after, I’d find myself breathing differently just to go up six steps. It wasn’t hard - but I’ve been told that there’s only a third of the oxygen that there would be in Denver, the Mile High City, so you simply pant more. Denver has a third less oxygen than the air at sea level. Later I trained heavily at the altitude at the Continental Divide and I found that by going down to Denver, still a mile up, to work out it was like drinking oxygen soup. When you train at altitude, you adapt and you get in that kind of condition. I shared a clinic with an expert on high altitude nutrition for the first year I was there and there was no shortage of such cases, so I got a fast indoctrination into the concepts of training at altitude and nutritional approaches to preventing altitude sickness. I then spent another 15 years or so living down lower at the connection of SW Denver metro and the foothills, and I learned about adjusting to that altitude. It’s not complicated. Friends from sea level would visit and quickly adapt. Many did so in a few days which is medically about normal. Rehydrating consistently and taking simple over the counter nutrients is all that’s required in the vast majority of cases. And a professional athlete is at a vastly lower risk than an average person.
Good Morning, Broncos fans! The Super Bowl is only four days away, but the biggest news in Indy continues to circle around Peyton Manning, who says his recovery is on schedule and that he has no plans to retire. In an interview with the Worldwide Leader, Manning said,
I really feel good. I continue to make progress every day. Everything that the doctors have told me has been on point, which is encouraging to me. I just had a great day today with rehab, just got back from the facility, and that's what we continue to do. Just keep trying to get better. So far I have. That's the plan from here on out.
Meanwhile, he told Dan Wetzel.
I have no plans on [retiring]. All the other talk, it is what it is. My plan hasn’t changed. I’m on track with what the doctors told me to do. I’m doing that. I’m rehabbing hard. And I’m enjoying this week.
Barry Petchesky thinks Peter King and Jason Cole went a bit far in their coverage of Manning's rehab this week; in their younger days, Peyton used to dole out some knowledge along with the beatings he gave Eli.
As we ramped up to the Senior Bowl, a few names came up that Broncos fans may want to keep an eye on. There’s little doubt that Denver will need a top man corner in the near future. Safety is an issue, with Brian Dawkins unsure of his return and the number of injuries that have plagued the team at that position. Then there’s the running back the Broncos need, probably a wide receiver (although hopefully a veteran who can teach and catch, like, oh, Jabar Gaffney or someone) and the constant need for ever-better defensive line players. The OL is very young already, but you never miss a chance to upgrade if you can take it rationally. Since you can only do so much, I mostly wanted to take a look at some of the names that we can watch on defense, given the issues that Denver has there.
Denver’s front office and scouting team did a heck of a job of putting together a front defensive line for 2011, but there’s still some work to do going forward. They have a one-gap penetrating line that needs the discipline to sniff out the screen, but the ability to get pressure consistently. Former longtime NFL GM Ernie Accorsi said once, in essence, that beyond a QB and his protection, you can’t have too many pass rushers. Defenses that also play the run tough are even more difficult to go up against. Getting a first-rounder with both attributes, if he’s still there, makes the middle more powerful early on. It’s one option.