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How Concerned Should Colts Fans Be About Peyton Manning’s Injury?

History tells us Peyton Manning will be fine. Every offseason the Colts’ franchise player has some sort of minor injury or minor procedure done and is back in time for the start of the regular season. After shaking off a little rust, Manning is always back to being Manning by week 4 if not sooner. Will that be the case this season, or is Manning’s neck injury more serious than we all assume?

We do know one thing: the Colts are at least searching for a veteran backup quarterback in case Manning is not ready by the start of the season.  In fact, Indy owner Jim Irsay is asking for the fans help in choosing which quarterback to sign.

“We r evaluating the QB sitch,#18 healing but we got 2 b prepared 4 early season possibility without him,defense has 2 pick it up,big time!” Irsay wrote on Twitter.

“Not taking Pryor…what VET QB would u vote 4 to sign that’s out there? If sum1 has 2 hold the fort early season,who u going with?”

It is far from panic time.  Irsay is pretty much stating the obvious at this point considering Manning has not been cleared to play.  But with Curtis Painter as the team’s primary backup, Manning is as valuable today for the Colts as he ever was.  Peyton has been relatively healthy throughout his entire career, and we all know he’s not getting any younger.  Having a solid veteran backup is probably a wise idea.  Letting the fans help choose said backup?  Maybe not so much.

Todd Haley Upset With Ravens for Running Up the Score in Preseason?

And the award for the shortest fuse in the NFL goes to: Todd Haley.  Seriously what is up with this guy?  The situation with Josh McDaniels last season looked like a little much at first, but it became more understandable when the talk of cheating came into play.  Then, we heard rumors that Haley and Charlie Weis used to scream at each other in the locker room before Weis left the Chiefs.  Only two preseason games into 2011, and Haley has already outdone himself.

John Harbaugh’s Ravens scored to touchdowns in the final two minutes of Friday night’s 31-13 win over Kansas City.  In the regular season, piling it on at the end of the game like that could be looked at as running up the score.  In the preseason, every second counts for players who are trying to earn a spot on the roster.  As Pro Football Talk pointed out Haley sees it a bit differently.

“I want to apologize to the Chiefs if they feel like we were not doing the right thing at the end of the game,” Harbaugh began his press conference after an awkward exchange with Haley after the game. “That wasn’t the mindset, OK? The mindset was – this is the preseason. If this had been the regular season, we would’ve been on a knee. The idea in that situation is to give those young guys who work hard and who are trying to make a football team – this football team or another football team – to play the whole 60 minutes and give them a chance to show what they can do. Offensive line, running backs, everybody.”

Isn’t that common knowledge?  Every coach in that NFL hates losing.  I think Haley just takes it a step further.  Accusing someone of running up the score in a preseason game is a huge reach.  Careers are at stake in the fourth quarter of a preseason game.  Haley will either have to keep the score closer or learn to deal with it — or take some Ativan.

Brett Favre Impersonator Causing a Stir in Green Bay (Picture)

Experience has taught us that there are two types of lookalike fans roaming around: those who impersonate players just for fun and those who do it to cause a stir.  Impersonators like this one and this one are just looking for a cheap laugh or two, and to their credit they executed their plans to perfection.  Similar to this Tim Lincecum impersonator, the Brett Favre impersonator that is making the rounds in Green Bay is creating quite the buzz.  Can you tell the difference?

I would probably fall for it, too.  This guy looks exactly like Favre.  The only thing that would tip me off is that he’s not crying at a podium or pretending to retire.  Oh, and he’s wearing a Packers jersey.

H/T to The Big Lead for the story and @1000Steps for the pic.

League Will Not Allow Ochocinco to Reimburse Mason Foster if Fined for Hit

Roger Goodell is not the biggest Chad Ochocinco fan.  Anyone who watches football knows that and understands why.  Ochocinco constantly undermines the commish by accepting fines for quirky antics and end zone dances and continuing to do his thing anyway.  While most of his actions likely anger the competition, Ochocinco is trying a new approach toward screwing with Goodell that even his teammates might enjoy.

On Friday, Ochocinco made an offer to the man who drew an unnecessary roughness penalty for a vicious hit on him night before. “@Mason_Foster great hit last night, if u’re fined I’ll reimburse you boss. That’s the way the game should b played. Stay healthy n have a good yr,” Chad tweeted to Tampa Bay linebacker Mason Foster.

Foster has not yet been fined, but NFL spokesman Greg Aiello told Pro Football Talk on Saturday that it is not permitted for a player to pay another player’s fine.  Aiello insists a player has to pay any fine by himself. We all know teams pay fines for players all the time, but that’s a discussion for another day.

With the NFL working hard to crack down on head shots and making people like James Harrison cry, this will likely send Goodell up a wall.  Ocho cannot reimburse Foster for the fine or he could face a fine of his own, but who’s to say he can’t buy a pair of cleats off Foster for an amount that coincidentally equals the amount of the fine?  Isn’t that what capitalism is all about?

Head butt to Musket Fire for the picture.

Chiefs’ Jonathan Baldwin Injured in Locker Room Fight with Thomas Jones

This is why we tell children to play nice when they’re growing up. Your moms and dads aren’t just wasting their breath when they tell you someone is going to get hurt.  It happens.  Unfortunately for Chiefs rookie Jonathan Baldwin, a fight with teammate Thomas Jones could cost him the rest of the preseason.

According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, Baldwin and Jones got into it in the locker room and Baldwin is now doubtful for the rest of the preseason with a wrist injury.  We understand these types of things happen — especially in high testosterone areas — but fighting with your own teammates is never a good idea.

You may recall the two-game suspension Steve Smith was handed after breaking a teammate’s nose a couple years ago.  For all we know, Randy Moss’s alleged locker room dust-up with Tom Brady contributed to him being handed a ticket out of New England.  And let’s not forget about Aqib Talib, who has a tendency to rumble that has contributed to his poor reputation around the league.

Hopefully the injury will only hold Baldwin out for preseason play.  If nothing else, the result of the Jones-Baldwin dispute should remind the rest of the league that counting to 10 is probably your best bet when a teammate pisses you off.  Either that or find a way to take it out on the other team.

Gerald McCoy: Patriots Moved Too Fast

The New England Patriots schooled the Tampa Bay Buccaneers 31-14 in the second week of the preseason Thursday night. The game doesn’t mean much, but it was a good learning experience for the young Tampa Bay squad. They were outscored 28-0 in the first half and got shredded by New England’s first-team offense. Former third overall pick Gerald McCoy joked about the beat down after the game, saying the big problem was the tempo of the Pats’ offense.

“Man, I’m telling you man, they came out, they’d turn around huddle, snap, oh, ‘There’s the Mike, Go!’ I was like, ‘Dang! Um, Mr. Brady, can we line up?'” McCoy joked. “[Brady] didn’t care. He was like, ‘You’re not going to line up.’ When we turned around one time I checked back around and my hand was going to the grass and they were like, ‘Hut!’ And I said, ‘Noooooooooooo!’”

McCoy can afford to joke because it’s only the preseason. Moreover, he says the game was a good learning experience for the Bucs and it will help prepare them for the future. Maybe that is the case, but I’d much rather be on the winning end of a beat down, even if it is the preseason.

Tampa Bay has a good team and I believe in Josh Freeman, but they’re due for a regression this year against a tougher schedule.

Tom Brady’s First Uggs for Men Ad

I don’t care how much money you paid me, you would never find me advertising Ugg boots in a catalog. Tom Brady already has tons of money and is picky when it comes to endorsement deals. Isn’t it curious that he deemed Ugg boots acceptable?

Maybe it’s not too surprising when you consider that Brady cried on national TV recently. Oh yeah, and who can forget this video of a pony-tailed Tom Brady dancing in Brazil? Come on Tom, one more offense of this nature and you will be writing your own release from my fantasy football team.

Thanks to Darren Rovell for the image