No point rushing Manning

Indianapolis Colts quarterback Peyton Manning watches the crowd from the sidelines during the...

Indianapolis Colts quarterback Peyton Manning watches the crowd from the sidelines during the fourth quarter of their preseason NFL football game against the Washington Redskins in Indianapolis August 19, 2011. (REUTERS/Brent Smith)

MIKE RUTSEY, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 6:34 PM ET

Maybe Peyton Manning just can’t take watching his Indianapolis Colts play the way they’ve been playing this season.

Maybe he just can’t stomach watching the play of either Kerry Collins or Curtis Painter, who have taken turns as his replacement.

But whatever his reason, Manning told reporters Thursday he still believes he can get back on the field at some point this season.

The question we have is why?

If the winless Colts continue to pile up the losses — they have a good shot of posting a win on Sunday when they entertain the 0-4 Kansas City Chiefs — just what would be the point of having Manning come back this season after his third neck operation.

With absolutely nothing to gain, why not give him a full year to recover so that there are no lingering issues heading into 2012?

But the thinking is that if Manning is given the OK by the doctors, then he’d suit up and give it a go.

“I think you have to have hope until the doctors rule you out,” Manning said. “We’re having a lot of injuries so if they come to me and say they have to make a move, I won’t fight them on that.”

The third procedure Manning had on his neck occurred Sept. 8, with the usual recovery time being two-to-three months.

That would push any possible comeback to December, the final month of the regular season.

What’s the point with that?

CLOSING TIME

Well, the brouhahas involving ESPN and Hank Williams Jr’s intro song for Monday Night Football has reached an end as the musician has pulled the plug one week after the network pulled the song over controversial comments made by Williams.

“After reading hundreds of e-mails, I have made MY decision,” Williams wrote on his website. “By pulling my opening Oct 3rd, You (ESPN) stepped on the Toes of The First Amendment Freedom of Speech, so therefore Me, My Song, and All My Rowdy Friends are OUT OF HERE. It’s been a great run.”

Politically, Williams is out there on the right with Ted Nugent and he caused a pretty big stink over comments he made while being interviewed on Fox & Friends.

Williams’ statement on Fox & Friends comparing a golf game between Obama and Republican Rep. John Boehner to an outing featuring Hitler and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu went viral after ESPN announced it would pull the intro late that afternoon.

Asked to clarify, Williams said, “They’re the enemy,” adding that by “they” he meant Obama and Vice President Joe Biden.

That was too far over the top for ESPN and they yanked his “Are you ready for some football” intro to the Monday night game.

That led to Williams backing off his comments with an explanation that perhaps his analogy went too far.

“Some of us have strong opinions and are often misunderstood,” Williams wrote on his website. “My analogy was extreme — but it was to make a point. I was simply trying to explain how stupid it seemed to me — how ludicrous that pairing was. They’re polar opposites and it made no sense. They don’t see eye-to-eye and never will. I have always respected the office of the President.”

However, that didn’t put the genie back in the bottle and ESPN, feeling the heat, pulled the chute.

It seems that using Adolf Hitler’s name to make a point is verboten.

Next time up, it’s better to use a mongoose and a cobra.

HANGING CHAD

The black cloud hovering over the winless Miami Dolphins shed a little more rain as they will now be without the services of quarterback Chad Henne, who will require season-ending surgery on his left shoulder.

That will turn the quarterback duties over to backup Matt Moore.

With no third quarterback on the roster, Dolphins signed 10-year veteran Sage Rosenfels as Moore’s backup. Rosenfels, a former Dolphin, was placed on injured reserve by the New York Giants in August with a blood illness.

In the opening four games, Henne completed 64 of 112 passes for 868 yards and four touchdowns with four interceptions.

Now it’s up to Moore who gets to open on the road against the Jets a week Monday.

With coach Tony Sparano’s job hanging by a thread, this could seal his fate.


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