Looking Forward: Health Checks

In the midst of the significant decision made yesterday by owner Jim Irsay to release Bill Polian and Chris Polian from their duties, the players came in for their exit physicals.  While the results of those physicals have not been published, the end of the league year will see all IR’d players removed from that designation.  […]

Colts LB Philip Wheeler Placed on IR

Colts Authority’s Laura “Dr. Blue” Calaway breaks down the season-ending injury to linebacker Philip Wheeler, and its 2012 implications.   In the Colts’ December 11 game against the Ravens, Philip Wheeler suffered an unspecified right leg/foot injury, requiring assistance to get off the field. He was eventually carted into the locker room, and hasn’t practiced […]

In the Training Room: Colts’ QB Manning on the Mend

Laura Calaway provides the latest updates regarding the health and outlook for Colts quarterback Peyton Manning.   Whereas the middle of the season was relatively bereft of updates on Manning’s health, these past 2 weeks have been an overload of information.  Woven in amongst the story, of course, is the drama that continues to unfold […]

In the Training Room: Manning May Practice, Won’t Play This Year

To respond to rumors that were swirling today about whether Manning might still see game time this year, Bill Polian held an unusual press conference(ish) after the Colts’ 27-13 win over the Titans.  In the conference, he addressed both the procedure in which Manning threw this week, and what is to come: “Peyton went through a […]

In the Training Room: Colts’ CB Jerraud Powers

For the second time in as many years, cornerback Jerraud Powers has suffered a season-ending arm injury.  Last year against the Dallas Cowboys, he suffered a spiral fracture in his right arm that required six screws and a plate to fix.  On Sunday agains the Patriots, Powers broke his left arm on a

In the Training Room: Manning Cleared to Throw

The Colts released a statement yesterday regarding the status of QB Peyton Manning’s neck fusion, indicating it had “achieved firm fixation.”  Manning included a blurb in that release, so I didn’t expect him to say much of anything at his locker today.  Luckily, I was wrong – he spent more than 10 minutes answering questions […]

In the Training Room: Manning News Encouraging

In a statement released by the Colts, Peyton Manning’s neurosurgeon Dr. Robert Watkins reports: X-ray and CT examination of the surgical area shows that the fusion performed in September has achieved firm fixation. Peyton will now be allowed to increase the intensity and breadth of his workouts as tolerated. There remains every indication that his […]

In the Training Room: Colts’ DT Drake Nevis

On his weekly radio show this past Halloween, Bill Polian indicated that DT Drake Nevis’ back injury was more specifically to his tailbone (h/t to Brett for passing this info on). This post explains tailbone injuries, their possible causes, and the recovery process. Drake Nevis, DT Date of Injury: October 3, 2011 Nature of Injury: […]

In the Training Room: Colts LB A.J. Edds

CBS’ Tom James provides an update on Colts linebacker A.J. Edds: LB A.J. Edds (concussion) left the Bengals game in the third quarter after a jarring block by Cincinnati’s Cedric Peerman on a punt return. Edds was taken to the Colts’ locker room for further evaluation and did not return. There were no updates about […]

In the Training Room: Manning Cleared… to Stand on Sideline

It was reported today that doctors have cleared Peyton Manning to stand on the sidelines during this Sunday’s Chiefs-Colts game. Given that Manning has been sequestered in the coaches’ booth for games until now, this certainly is a step in the right direction, but don’t get too excited. Manning still has a long way to […]

In the Training Room: Colts OT Ben Ijalana

For as memorable and obvious an injury as was that to DT Eric Foster, it was an inconsequential-looking misstep by OT Ben Ijalana that resulted in his joining Foster on the IR. Early in the fourth quarter, with Ijalana in at left tackle for an injured Anthony Castonzo, Ijalana took a couple of steps back […]

In the Training Room: Colts DT Eric Foster

With just under 2 minutes to go in the first half against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Eric Foster’s right leg got caught awkwardly under fellow defensive lineman Tyler Brayton and he suffered a sickening injury that left his foot pointed in the wrong direction.  The injury was so gruesome that I won’t post a video […]

UPDATED: In the Training Room: Colts QB Manning Receives Stem Cell Therapy

Before the game on Sunday, Fox Sports’ Jay Glazer reported that, prior to his most recent neck surgery, Peyton Manning flew to Europe for stem-cell therapy.  The therapy isn’t yet approved in the United States.  For those who are concerned with the controversy associated with the phrase “stem-cell therapy,” Glazer did indicate that Manning did […]

In the Training Room: Colts LB Gary Brackett

In Week 1 action against the Houston Texans, LB Gary Brackett suffered a shoulder sprain after being tackled on an interception return early in the 4th quarter.  In what was according to Phil B. of the Indy Star one of Jim Caldwell’s most animated press conferences, Brackett was deemed to be out this week “barring […]

In the Training Room: Colts LB Ernie Sims

Linebacker Ernie Sims has shown flashes of real promise for the Colts, but has already suffered his second injury of the short season.  Against the Houston Texans on September 11, Sims was tackled low at the side of his knees on a special teams play, resulting in a sprain.  Mercifully, TV coverage panned away as […]

Inside the Training Room: Being Peyton Manning

Another day, another question directed at QB Peyton Manning about whether he thinks he’ll play in Week 1 of the 2011 NFL season.  Manning was interviewed by CBS sideline reporter Sam Ryan during Indianapolis’ Friday night game against Green Bay, and his status for Week 1 was predictably the first area she mentioned. Manning’s answers […]

In the Training Room: Manning Has Some Nerve!

Over the past several weeks, information has been bubbling – and is now a full-blown geyser – that Peyton’s recovery hinges on the regeneration of nerves, either in his neck or upper arm. This post explores (lightly) the anatomy of nerve regeneration and what it implies about Manning’s situation. For a nerve to have to […]