Peyton Manning Says He’s Losing Arm Strength Because He is Old, Not the Surgeries

I am sure the surgeries didn’t help.

Peyton looked a little rusty in his first appearance for the Broncos but that was to be expected. I don’t think we have our answer yet on how effective Manning will be.

We should know sooner than later.

Manning told Jim Rome on Rome that he can’t say how close he is to 100 percent recovered after having multiple neck surgeries and missing the entire season in 2011. But he will say that he thinks losing arm strength is mostly just a function of being older, not a function of last year’s injury.

“I still have strength to recover, still have work to do,” Manning said. “I am 36 years old. My arm has a lot of yards and a lot of touchdowns on it, so it’s probably not going to be the same as it was when it was 22, but I still think it can complete some passes. I can move the chains and hopefully get our offense into the end zone this year.”