May 25, 2011
We will be focusing on actual football stories until there is some legitimate news to talk about when it comes to the labor situation. Today we have injury updates on some major fantasy players and interesting news regarding two young QBs.
Peyton has neck surgery … and will be out six to eight weeks, according to Colts owner Jim Irsay. The procedure, Manning’s second on his neck since February of last year, was to remove park of a bulging disk. Manning had the surgery on Monday and was already home recovering on Tuesday. According to Manning, the discomfort started just recently and that this procedure was not related to the previous one. Manning anticipates a quick recovery, noting he began working out within two weeks of his first procedure last year. Irsay reiterated his hope to sign Manning to a long-term deal as soon as possible with the latest surgery having no effect on any possible contract. However, he did say Manning might have his throws limited in training camp with the team’s backups getting more work.
Antonio Gates is healthy … according to Charger HC Norv Turner in a recent interview with the team’s website earlier this week. Turner said he saw the star tight end during the short period the lockout was lifted and Gates was “excited that his rehab is going well.” Turner also called Gates the “lead guy” for 2011 and said he’ll be a big part of what the team does. He added that Gates was on his way to his best season and one of the best ever before getting hurt last year. We happen to agree with Turner, which is why Gates was a no-brainer for the #1 spot in our first preseason projections of 2011.
Holmgren won’t call McCoy starter … yet, but believes the second-year QB can be the guy if he lives up to expectations. Holmgren admitted he didn’t want McCoy to play much last year, but injuries forced the former Texas Longhorn QB into action, where he showed the team he could be good enough to keep the job this year. By organizing workouts with teammates, McCoy has shown the leadership qualities that impressed Holmgren when they drafted him last year. Holmgren even went as far as saying that McCoy’s commitment to being the starting QB and to the team “puts a little smile on my face.” How cute.
Newton will join teammates for workouts … next week at a local Charlotte school, although his agent, Bus Cook, isn’t thrilled with the idea. “I know it’s non-contact and all that, but hypothetically if they get hurt — especially if it’s season-ending or career-ending, it could have a big impact,” Cook said. Newton has been working out with former Panther QB Chris Weinke and former NFL QB Ken Dorsey, who’s helped Newton learn the team’s playbook since he’s familiar with it from his time playing under new Panther OC Rob Chudzinski.
- Dolphin WR Brandon Marshall has reportedly recovered from his stab wounds and QB Chad Henne said Marshall is hoping to join his teammates for workouts at a local high school.
- The dangers of practicing on fields not designed for pro workouts nearly caught up with Bill RB Fred Jackson on Tuesday. QB Ryan Fitzpatrick throw a long pass that carried Jackson into the netting where the field ends and the concrete begins. Luckily, Jackson avoided injury, as we hope all players do during these non-sanctioned practices.