Peyton Manning: 5 Reasons Manning's Injury Isn't a Big Deal

Brian LendinoCorrespondent IISeptember 5, 2011

Peyton Manning: 5 Reasons Manning's Injury Isn't a Big Deal

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    Today, the Indianapolis Colts received some very unsettling news from team doctors. All-world quarterback Peyton Manning's recovery from neck surgery is progressing slower than expected, making Manning doubtful for the Sept. 11th opener at Houston

    Many people believe that today's news really puts the Colts in a bind simply because of who Manning is and what he embodies on the field. But do you think we could just be overreacting?

    I mean, since his surgery, we have been wondering if he'd even be ready for Week 1, and now that we know for sure that he won't, everyone is freaking out.

    The Colts will be fine, and here are five reasons why Peyton's injury isn't really that big of a deal.

Kerry Collins

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    We're so quick to forget that Kerry Collins has been to a Super Bowl in his career.

    OK, now, I know that trip was 10 years ago now, but at the same time, no one is asking Kerry Collins to go to a Super Bowl in 2011.

    Despite being 38 years old and being added to an already-aging team, I look at the Colts signing Collins as one of the more underrated signings of the offseason.

    Collins will be a solid backup when Peyton returns, but if you're comparing him to Curtis Painter, Collins is clearly a more viable option to handle a start or two for Indy.

Experience in Handling Injury

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    Peyton Manning hasn't missed a start in his professional career, and unfortunately, there is a first time for everything.

    What I'm referring to here is the last time Peyton Manning missed all of training camp and the preseason due to offseason surgery.

    Just before the 2008 season, Manning had to have surgery to remove an infected sac in his left knee. He went on to win his third league MVP that season with out any offseason training.

    I'd consider this a huge reason for why we should not be worried for Peyton Manning right now because we've seen this before.

Weak Division

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    There's no denying it, the Colts play in a fairly weak division. So basically, Peyton or no Peyton, anything can happen.

    Houston is what we call a perennial "all-talk" team. Meaning, in the preseason all we do is talk about how good they can be, and then all they do is disappoint us. They're essentially the NFL's version of Notre Dame.

    Tennessee and Jacksonville are both currently in the middle of nasty quarterback issues, as both teams are dealing with washed-up veterans dueling top-10 draft picks for the position. Needless to say, they're both a long way away from being playoff teams.

    Indianapolis sits right in the middle. Yhey're a talented bunch, but they're aging at the same time. However, they're good enough with or without Manning to contend in one of the weaker divisions in football.  

Reggie Wayne

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    Reggie Wayne is one of the most reliable, sure-handed receivers there is in the game today. No matter who is tossing him the ball, whether good or bad, Wayne is going to make a play on it.

    He's a great safety cushion and a huge sigh of relief for Colts fans everywhere.

    Now, I understand that it's hard to make plays if the ball isn't getting to you. But I've already mentioned Kerry Collins on here having to pull his weight as well for the Colts to have any chance.

    Reggie Wayne keeps this offense alive, with or without Peyton Manning—and even if Peyton isn't 100 percent.

He's Peyton Manning

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    The main reason that Colts fans shouldn't be worried over Peyton Manning's injury is because he's Peyton Manning.

    Simply put, when fully healthy, he's the most trusted quarterback in football and a sure-fire top five player. When he's not 100 percent healthy, I'd still take Peyton Manning ahead of 95 percent of the league.

    He's smart, experienced, a good teammate and talented beyond belief. He's the total package when it comes to football players and knows how to handle these situations.

    When he returns, he's going to play just fine, and the Colts are good enough to compete in his absence.

    This neck injury and the slow-progressing recovery shouldn't have fans too worried. They should be relieved that he's not out for longer instead.