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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

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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Since: Sep 26, 2006
Posted on: February 2, 2012 9:26 pm

Report: Manning medically cleared to return

hes staying with the colts guys.....

Since: Jan 30, 2010
Posted on: February 2, 2012 9:23 pm

Report: Manning medically cleared to return

seattle would be a very good team with manning same for the 49ers

Since: Sep 6, 2006
Posted on: February 2, 2012 8:57 pm

Report: Manning medically cleared to return

Glad to see Payton medically cleared and now the dilemma/drama begins. I don't see how the Colts could possibly let Peyton Manning go. Manning has always been the face of the francise and Colts fans would be so bitter if Irsay drafts Andrew Luck and releases/trades Peyton. Manning would look akward in another uniform, but I thought the same about Montana in a Chiefs uni. I don't think that with the Colts lacking so much, they could afford both Luck and Manning. I know Luck won't be as exspensive as past #1 Qb draft pick(last years CBA addressed that) but not really sure how or what the new market calls for. It still would be way too much for any team to allocate to one position. I think Manning has a few good years left in him and there isn't any team that could afford a #1 overall pick to sit for 3-4 years, even if he(Luck) is all they say he is. Yes, Luck could and would learn a lot from Manning but the price is too steep for one position. The price would be right if it were a late first or second round pick to sit and learn but not the first overall pick.

I felt all along that Manning would get cleared and be the Colts starter in 2012. I can't see him getting traded, I thought that Irsay announcing that they'll take Andrew Luck with the first pick was more of a posturing maneuver than reality.&nb
sp;The Colts know they have a lot of holes to fill and it's obvious that the Colts are relevant as long as Peyton is their QB. The Andrew Luck product would take a few years to pay off but keeping Peyton and trading Luck for multiple draft picks(this year and next) with say a Washington only drops them a couple of spots in the draft. Then trading back again a few more spots for more draft picks would fill a lot of those holes that they have. Of couse trading Manning would also give them multiple draft picks but probably not as many as a healthy/never been injured Luck(who all the pundits claim is the best prospect since Elway). If this were an accurate reading of the Colts plans, then why fire all the staff? That's what has me baffled. Anyway, fasten your seatbelts because the rumors are sure to fly. I'm just glad that Peyton was cleared to play and I hope he doesn't end up in the NFC East, unless it's with my Eagles of course. There has been talk on Local radio that if Manning was available, would or should the Eagles trade Vick and make a real push for Peyton? The majority of the Philly fans were in favor of this.    

Since: Jan 14, 2007
Posted on: February 2, 2012 8:42 pm

Report: Manning medically cleared to return

the media will do everything in their power to "keep the story going." but unfortunately the smarter of us know that the story is over. ask rob lowe what jim irsay told him. ask cooper manning what happened to his football career when he had his neck fusion surgery but the nerves didn't heal. you want the truth?! you can't handle the truth!!

Since: Aug 21, 2006
Posted on: February 2, 2012 8:34 pm

Report: Manning medically cleared to return

you are a total idiot,this guy has a family dude. dont get real life confussed with sports

Since: Dec 10, 2008
Posted on: February 2, 2012 7:48 pm

Cleared to play, but at what level?

Reports are that the neck fusion has been fully healed for some time.  The problem is the weakness of the nerve in his right arm.  Is that now 100% healed as well?  That's what I'd like to know.

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Since: Feb 2, 2012
Posted on: February 2, 2012 7:38 pm
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Since: Aug 4, 2008
Posted on: February 2, 2012 6:44 pm

Report: Manning medically cleared to return

In my thinking the ideal situation for the Colts would be to keep Manning for the next few years. Of course that would mean they would have to pay the $28 Million bonus. This is the same team that got them 9-10 wins the season before minus one of the great quarterbacks of all time.

With Manning back there is a good possibility that the Colts would be in the playoffs once again. Getting to the playoffs would more than be enough to cover Manning’s  28 million bonus.

The Colts would also still draft Luck as their future quarterback, holding the clip board for Manning for 1-2 seasons. What a learning curve for this young man.

The Colts get a shot at the playoffs with Manning being the quarterback. They would also get the ticket sales that would be generated by Manning taking the helm of the team once again.

The only clog in this perfect scenario is if Manning for some reason is not fully recovered from his neck injury and would not be able to play in the coming season., because of an injury.

This would place the Colts in the same position as if they let Manning go. They would have a rookie quarterback, struggling with winning games and would almost surely miss the playoffs.

Since: Feb 11, 2009
Posted on: February 2, 2012 6:08 pm

Report: Manning medically cleared to return

The problem with Peyton playing for the Colts is about 35 million dollars and when the contract was made, the Colts knew this was not good for them.  So, he will be released.  How can on guy, no matter how great he is or was, get 35 mil which is such a high percentage of the NFL cap number.  I look for him to go to a team that has weapons and little drama.  A short list: Chiefs, Ravens, Cowboys.  The Jets have old talent and serious drama.  It will be great drama for us unless the Colts keep him and if they do, they will not be good enough to win it all.  Love this story!

Since: May 8, 2007
Posted on: February 2, 2012 5:51 pm

Report: Manning medically cleared to return

The selfish fan in me wants to see Manning return for another few years to cap off an amazing career, but it would be awfully strange to see him play anywhere but Indy. It would also be near unbearable to see him become mediocre, and I really feel he'll be one of those quarterbacks that leaves when he still has something left to offer. No disrespect to #4, but I don't think Manning will pull any "Favres" at the end of his career. 

Here's hoping you play again next year Peyton, would be a shame to see a brilliant career cut short, even if only by a few years.  

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