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Manning medically cleared to return

Posted on: February 2, 2012 5:43 pm
Edited on: February 3, 2012 12:59 am
 
Manning

By Josh Katzowitz

INDIANAPOLIS -- Nobody really seems to know if Colts quarterback Peyton Manning will remain with the Colts, and nobody is sure if Manning, after neck fusion surgery, will ever be the Manning we remember.

Manning said a couple days ago that he “feel[s] really good,” and apparently, that means he feels well enough to return to playing.

According to ESPN’s Chris Mortensen, Manning has been “medically cleared to resume NFL career, per sources.”

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Later Thursday night, a spokesman for Dr. Robert Watkins e-mailed reporters, via the AP, to confirm the report. Watkins was the one to perform Manning's neck surgery. Still, in order to play, the Colts team doctors would have to clear him, and it's unclear when or if that will happen.

“I continue to make progress every day," Manning said earlier this week. "Everything that the doctors have told me has been on point, which is encouraging to me. I just had a great day today with rehab, just got back from the facility, and that's what we continue to do. Just keep trying to get better. So far I have. That's the plan from here on out."

Really, though, we’re not sure how much this changes Manning’s future. It’s better, I suppose, to be medically cleared than not to be medically cleared, but just because a doctor says he can go, that doesn’t mean the Colts will want him back -- especially since they’re almost guaranteed to take Andrew Luck in the 2012 draft. We also have no way of knowing if Manning, away from the game for more than a year, can play up to his usual standards.

Plus, you know, he still could end up retiring.

So, be cautious when planning your “Peyton is returning!!!” party. Apparently, he’s been medically cleared to play, but that doesn’t mean he should or that he actually will.

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Comments

Since: Sep 13, 2010
Posted on: February 3, 2012 12:02 am
 

Report: Manning medically cleared to return

I thought he was medically cleared to play at the end of the season, but didn't because there was nothing to gain by it.



Since: Oct 17, 2009
Posted on: February 2, 2012 11:06 pm
 

Report: Manning medically cleared to return

i heard peyton has a big tool between his legs and eli hasn't grown since berth.  that's something to see



Since: Oct 25, 2007
Posted on: February 2, 2012 10:17 pm
 

Report: Manning medically cleared to return

I could care less about "medically cleared". 


If you could care less, than obviously you DO care.  If you could NOT care less, then you don't care.  Geez it amazes me how many people get this wrong!  Yell



Since: Jan 10, 2007
Posted on: February 2, 2012 10:12 pm
 

Report: Manning medically cleared to return

What a stupid thing to say.




Since: Oct 19, 2006
Posted on: February 2, 2012 9:47 pm
 

Report: Manning medically cleared to return

Medically cleared to receive 28 million dollars from the Colts and medically cleared to chance a life changing injury.
Everything at a price.
All the best.



Since: Apr 7, 2009
Posted on: February 2, 2012 9:46 pm
 

Report: Manning medically cleared to return

I'm not a Colts fan but I say you're crazy to not try and keep both Manning and Luck.  If Manning can't go and you have to "suck with Luck" for a year then you cut bait on Manning - and I'm guessing he would just end up retiring.  So if you keep Manning and it's a bust, yeah you'll lose 28 million for a year but it won't hurt to be sitting near the top of the draft next year as you then begin the rebuilding (with only a second year Luck in your back pocket). However, if Manning still has a few 10 win seasons in him then the winning ways of Colts looks to be there for years to come while giving their young protege an incredible learning experience.  $28 million is a significant amount of money to gamble but it's nothing when you consider the potential of 2-4 more years of playoff runs...and if I'm going to gamble Manning is pretty hard to bet against!

 



Since: Dec 29, 2010
Posted on: February 2, 2012 9:46 pm
 

Report: Manning medically cleared to return

I agree with this guy...whatever he just said.



Since: Jan 7, 2009
Posted on: February 2, 2012 9:36 pm
 

Report: Manning medically cleared to return

"Medically cleared". Yet there isn't one word about the nerve damage. Until I see him throw a 35 yard laser, between the numbers, I could care less about "medically cleared". 
Just more propaganda by the Peyton Manning camp.



Since: Mar 8, 2008
Posted on: February 2, 2012 9:34 pm
 

Report: Manning medically cleared to return

I don't think Manning has to worry about a 140 pound couch potati.




Since: Aug 25, 2011
Posted on: February 2, 2012 9:26 pm
 

Report: Manning medically cleared to return

peyton manning better retire , if the defense blitzes i'm gonna hit manning like dick butkis or aaron brown kc chiefs  HARD   THE HITMAN. RONNIE LOTT ETC,




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