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Manning plays coy about injured thumb

Manning plays coy about injured thumb

Indianapolis Colts quarterback Peyton Manning thumbed his way through questions about his injured throwing hand on Wednesday.
"I attended the Bill Belichick school of discussing injuries, so there's my answer," Manning said, drawing laughter.
Belichick, New England's coach, is known for keeping the status of injured players secret, and Manning took advantage of a rare opportunity to do his own impersonation of the three-time Super Bowl winner by giving no update on his right thumb.
Manning, a two-time MVP, kept both of his hands in his pockets as he walked into a news conference three days after hurting it in the AFC championship game, and when he gestured at the lectern, Manning carefully used his left hand.
The injury is a rare nick for the league's best-known ironman outside of Green Bay.
In nine pro seasons, Manning has started all 156 career games including playoffs, a streak that ranks second among NFL quarterbacks behind only Brett Favre of the Packers.
But with two weeks between his last victory and a Super Bowl date against the Chicago Bears, Manning's right thumb has suddenly become big news. He was injured against New England when he hit his hand on the helmet of Pro Bowl left tackle Tarik Glenn.
X-rays were negative on Monday, and he practiced on Wednesday, expecting to start in the Feb. 4 Super Bowl.
Getting back to work, however, has come with complications.
With the city whipped into a frenzy over its first Super Bowl appearance, Manning has tried to keep a low profile.
On Wednesday, he sent another clear message to his teammates about preparations.
"The Monday after the game, you start preparing for them, and it's good that we have two weeks to get ready for the Bears," he said. "Having that extra week is nice, but we've got to get better."
Tony Dungy reiterated that point when he spoke.
While the Colts' fifth-year coach said it was a reward players and coaches should embrace, he still stressed the importance of keeping it this week and next as normal as possible in the circus-like environment leading up to the season's final game.
"We want to enjoy our families and the hype leading up to the game," said Dungy, who hasn't been in a Super Bowl since his playing days with the Pittsburgh Steelers. "I know our players will rise to the occasion and be ready for it, too."
One thing the Colts believe they can count on is Manning, their $98 million (euro75 million) franchise player whose bruised body should be healthy in time for kickoff a week from Sunday.
"People are asking me how I feel, and I don't know how to answer that," Manning said. "All I know to do is go through my normal routine of study and preparation this week as if there was a game on Sunday."


Updated : 2021-04-10 20:43 GMT+08:00