Peyton Manning is cleared to play, according to Chris Mortensen of ESPN.
Mort’s report cites sources with information from “two doctors, including Dr. Robert Watkins, who performed the most recent surgery on the Indianapolis Colts quarterback’s neck.”
Watkins’ most recent examination led him to believe Manning could’ve even played as soon as THIS Sunday if the nerve damage in his throwing arm had improved enough, per the report.
This is contrary to another recent story claiming his career was done.
It does not necessarily mean the Colts won’t cut Manning anyway, though. Of course, being his usual outspoken self, Colts owner Jim Irsay released a vague statement via Twitter suggesting that Manning’s career in Indy may be over anyway.
Peyton has not passed our physical nor has he been cleared to play for The Indianapolis Colts. Team statement coming on Friday.
— Jim Irsay (@JimIrsay) February 3, 2012
Likewise, the slew of teams potentially interested in acquiring the sure-fire Hall of Famer remain extremely interested.
If Mortensen’s report is in fact true, and we don’t keep going back and forth with the “will he” or “won’t he” chatter, all that remains unknown is if Manning can regain enough arm strength to help a team in 2012, regardless of what team that may be.
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