It’s clear that Gregg Williams’ bounty program traces back to his days with the Washington Redskins and now it looks like it might be the cause of Peyton Manning’s neck injury that almost knocked him out of football for good.
The Washington Post released an article back in September about the game in which Manning might have suffered the injury that kept him from playing this past season. In the article, former Colts head coach Tony Dungy indicated that he believed Manning’s neck injury originated from a hit he suffered against the Redskins back in 2006.
In that game Manning was brutally hit by former Redskins’ Philip Daniels and Andre Carter. During the game, Dungy was outraged by the hit and wanted a flag but didn’t get one at the time.
“Earlier in the game,” Dungy said back in September of 2011 per the Post, “I’m outraged that there was a flag for roughing-the-passer on Dwight Freeney for just grazing the quarterback’s helmet. So I’m yelling at the ref [Scott Green], ‘Where’s the flag! Where’s the flag!’ And I don’t yell much, but I did then. So I didn’t notice Peyton calling timeout and being shaken up. Peyton came to the sideline and said to [backup] Jim Sorgi, ‘Jim, start warming up.’ As the timeout went on, he said to us, ‘I can stay in, but we need to run the ball here.’ ”
“Then we sort of forgot about it at halftime, and Peyton seemed fine,” Dungy said. “He lit it up in the second half. He was on fire [throwing for 244 yards and three touchdowns]. But that’s the year we started cutting back on his throws at practice. I’m not putting two plus two together. I just figure he’s getting older and he needs some time off, he’s made enough throws. But now, as I look back on it, there’s no doubt in my mind that this was the start of his neck problems.”
Daniels later claimed the hit was legal and that the only reason it was penalized and he was fined was because the hit was on Manning.Follow PFZ on Twitter @ProFootballZone