Peyton Manning: Save draft pick talks for April
Injured Colts QB dismisses talk of Andrew Luck
Updated: Thursday, 03 Nov 2011, 1:03 PM EDT
Published : Thursday, 03 Nov 2011, 1:03 PM EDT
INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) - Injured Indianapolis Colts quarterback Peyton Manning says it’s unfair to speculate about what the winless team will do with its draft pick in 2012.
Manning made a surprise appearance in the locker room Thursday and said he wants to get back on the field but it’s up to the doctors.
Reports have swirled about whether the Colts will pick Stanford University standout quarterback Andrew Luck in the upcoming draft. Fans have accused the team or even asked the team to continue to lose to get the first draft pick, in order to pick up Luck.
Manning said the team has not historically discussed its draft strategy at this point in the season, and he sees no reason to this year. The Colts could win the next eight games, giving the team mediocre placement in the draft, Manning said.
The appearance by Manning marks nearly two months since his last neck surgery. He said he thought it was reasonable to provide an update at this point, and he plans to speak again at the three-month mark.
The Associated Press reports Manning said his recovery is “going slow” and he is waiting for his spinal fusion to fully heal.