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Jul
15
2008

Peyton Manning out 4 to 6 weeks.

peyton-manning.jpgThe most important thing for a Colts fan to do upon reading this headline is to not panic.  Manning had an infected bursa sac removed from his knee today and is expected to miss 4 to 6 weeks as he sits and rehabilitates it.  Manning was going to start reducing his reps in spring training anyway, so he won't be thrown off that much.  If it was the prepatellar sac, which is a common inflammation for athletes, then there is no damage or injury to the joint, per se.  It will most likely not effect the movement of his knee at all.
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Manning wears a brace on his left knee when he plays.  There has never been a significant injury to that knee that I know, so the brace is preventative.  For reference, the brace he wears is the Donjoy Defiance.  It is a hard brace that limits a lot of side to side movement.  Beyond that, Manning's throwing mechanics and footwork are so good that they prevent injury in and of themselves. 

300_132711.jpgA key to football throwing mechanics is not to overstride.  Like baseball, you have to keep your hips in front of your shoulders, but you do not necessarily throw a better ball or a harder ball by striding as far forward as you can while in the motion.  A stride of slightly more than shoulder width is about ideal, and that is Manning.  Striding too far will raise the trajectory of the pass while lowering your release point (in relations to the ground) and make the pass easier to tip.  After the stride, the follow through is exactly like baseball.  You want to push yourself over your lead, releasing  and coming down in a balanced position with your feet even.  Doing so takes pressure off your leading knee and it helps you avoid shots at the leg by maintaining your balance.  Manning does these things rather well. 

Beside all of this is the simple notion that, even if the rehab time conflicted with the regular season, Manning would be on the field.  Peyton has a lot of critics, and they won't disappear anytime soon, but one thing they can't say is that he isn't tough.  He hasn't missed a game and he hardly comes out.  He even had his jaw broken during a game and didn't come out.  Say what you will, tough is tough.  This bursar sac thing doesn't amount to much and only gives Manning time to watch more film.
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