Report: Peyton Manning cleared to resume career

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We have some Peyton Manning news that is actually news.

ESPN’s Chris Mortensen reports that Peyton Manning has been cleared to resume his NFL career.

Colts owner Jim Irsay said in December that he expected Manning would be a Colt if healthy. The presumption of late is that Manning would not be healthy by March. Numerous sources doubted Manning’s ability to ever play again.

The Colts and NFL teams could believe that “cleared” doesn’t mean healthy, but it’s obvious that Manning’s camp wants the news out there that he’s ready to play again. This is the next volley in the back-and-forth between Manning and the Colts.

Mortensen says two doctors cleared Manning to play, including the doctor that performed his surgery.

“If you were my own son, I’d tell [you] to go play,” one doctor told Manning.

That doesn’t mean Manning is ready to play just yet. The key line in Mortesen’s report is as follows:

“The sources said Watkins examined Manning recently in Los Angeles and concluded the stability in his neck would have allowed the quarterback to play this Sunday if the nerves in his arm had regenerated to a satisfactory performance level,” Mort writes.

So the nerves in Manning’s arm likely haven’t necessarily regenerated to a satisfactory performance level yet. Essentially, it’s sounds like it’s safe for Manning to play again, but he’s not able to be effective yet.

“It’s not a safety issue; it’s a performance issue,” one source said.

So Manning is not “back.” This may not even qualify is particularly new information. He doesn’t know yet when or if his arm will perform at an acceptable level. One source told Mort it could take until May. Left unsaid is that it might not happen at all.

That doesn’t make this news insignificant. It’s looking more likely that Manning will wear an NFL uniform again if his health is no longer at risk. Perhaps he’d be willing to play with his arm at 80% of what it used to be.

Life just got harder for the Colts. If they truly want to move on from the Manning era, it will be a tougher sell to their fans to cut Manning now.

93 responses to “Report: Peyton Manning cleared to resume career

  1. if this is true, this is awesome.

    after all the shenanigans lately i was seriously starting to wonder if his career is really over

    nfl fans deserve 3-4 more years of peyton manning

  2. Let the overshadowing the super bowl story begin! This is going to be interesting. My thoughts are that SF would be foolish not to go after PM. He can groom Kaepernick when PM is ready to hang up his cleats. It’s obvious that AS will not get this team to the next level. A good o line, good rb’s, under-used receivers, and great defense. It only makes sense, and this is a redskin fan talking.

  3. Does “cleared” mean his neck is OK to play and he can throw a ball with the same velocity and accuracy as pre-injury? Recently, reports said that he barely could grip the ball. Either way, the Colts will be mostly likely moving on.

  4. Yes, that would be great. I have been privately rooting for Manning (an absolutely general on the field) to return healthy, but play on another team. Makes for an interesting season in the NFL.

  5. Good for Peyton. I can’t even imagine him in any jersey other than the Colts. Time will tell.

  6. This is great news for a great football player. But please Peyton, if it isn’t completely healthy, then don’t risk it. It isn’t worth the rest of your life. You have had a great career. Good luck.

  7. It’s nice to see some real news from time to time on this site, although i’m guilty of reading just about everything that pops up on here regardless. Maybe Peyton’s nerve had seen enough of little brother plastered all over the news for playing in the big game in the house that he built. I’ll be happy to see 18 on Sundays in any uniform.

  8. I think the bridge has already been burned in Indy. Peyton will be a Cardinal soon.

  9. I wont believe it until i see Peyton in training camp. He is still at risk if he takes a big hit. I really wish to see him play again, but hopefully he is not risking his life out there.

  10. Well done Peyton,

    Way to divert attention from the biggest game of the year. Now were gonna hear about this probably more than the players that are actually playing this week.

  11. Peyton, the Redskins need you. Injury no injury well take you. You bring the ” IT” factor for a team. Hail to the Redskins…Jb from Norfolk

  12. Good news if true. Make Irrsay scream in his penthouse office. What to do, what to do now?? Give him the money or sneak out of town? Decisions, decisions.

  13. It is my expert medical opinion that Peyton is fine with no potential for injury from his prior surgeries.

    Regards,
    Dr. Kervorkian

  14. Being cleared to play speaks to the risk that a big hit will cause a debilitating injury that stems from these previous injuries and surgeries. It means the risk is low.

    It does not speak to nerve regeneration and his ability to throw a football accurately and with velocity.

    No doubt he wants to play and no doubt some team will have him on their roster. I have huge doubts about his ability to return to the form he displayed even last year, which was itself diminished compared to years past.

  15. As a Jets fan, i would love manning on the jets.

    But why would he sign there?
    1) the coach is a baffoon
    2) they have low O talent
    3) brady is in division.

  16. How I See It …

    Media Spotlight – New York Jets
    Continue To Build On His Numbers – Arizona Cardinals
    Looking To Win – San Fran 49ers
    Get A Tan – Miami Dolphins
    Be Forgotten – Seattle Seahawks
    Rebuild His Home – Indianapolis Colts
    Get Paid – Washington Redskins

    Finally Admit Brady’s Better – New England Patriots (Jk) …

    Dark Horses: Baltimore & Minneapolis

  17. A-Rod Manning?

    Seriously, it’s Super Bowl week and this news comes out now? After a week of Peyton news? That a selfish guy.

  18. Is this really news?

    The report from Mort says that he isn’t at risk by playing, but his nerve still isn’t regenerated. I never thought risk was expected to be an issue. The real issue is that without the nerve properly regenerated, he can’t get enough on his passes to be an NFL quarterback.

    So the story is, as Kent Somers so eloquently put it on Twitter: “So…Manning is healthy enough to play as long as he doesn’t use his right arm.”

  19. The NJ Yests will not be welcoming Manning to their team. They seem to have this little issue with the salary cap after dedicating about a quarter of their cap to 2 CBs and a mediocre QB. Nice try however.

  20. QB’s take a lot of hits over the course of a season. Peyton gets the ball out quick but if he goes to a new system and has to develop chemistry and timing with a whole new offense, he might get sacked quite a bit and if that happens he might not stay healthy long. I say go play for the Titans. The area already worships him from his college days and he would get to play Indy twice a year.

  21. ammarradhi says: Feb 2, 2012 5:44 PM

    I wont believe it until i see Peyton in training camp. He is still at risk if he takes a big hit. I really wish to see him play again, but hopefully he is not risking his life out there.

    Did you not read the article? He’s at no more risk than any other QB playing in the NFL.

    Absorb what you read

  22. There you are Andy Reid; once he is released sign him and cut Vick. Resign Desean Jackson, go get Vincent Jackson and finally win a freakin’ superbowl.

  23. If he’s back, he’s a Colt. Go ahead– thumbs down this. If you do, it means you are a fan of another team who wishes he would play for you next season. HAHA!!!

  24. Let’s not forget to mention others cleared to play football:

    James Vanderbeak
    Donovan McNabb
    Ryan Leaf
    Daunte Culpepper
    Jeff George
    Cy Detmer ( Ty Detmers little brother with the gimpy leg”)

  25. Teams should never listen to their fans. Not unless they have so much trouble selling tickets that they have to make decisions based on what will make the fans will want and if you are one of those teams you are in trouble.

    Manning will be able to resume his career, I have never doubted that, but it won’t be with the Colts. Not if they have any idea on how to run a football team. The huge contract was a mistake to begin with. Manning was an older player at that point and you don’t pay him like he is just entering his prime. The team has so many needs that if they keep Manning they will have nothing left to rebuild and you can’t skip on picking Luck.

    Try to work out a trade which might be difficult with that contract if not it is time to move on. Build around the young kid. His contract won’t be bad at all and with Manning gone you will have an extra 20million to spend. It is the right choice if you want to compete long term.

  26. so all he has to do is pick a football up and start throwing it… lol… does he need a million dollar facillity to throw the damn ball? lol.. stop doing comercials and throw the football for darn sakes

  27. “The New York Jets would like to welcome Peyton Manning to the organization.”

    ********************************************

    Peyton has played in a dome his entire career. Do you think he wants to go to the Jets and deal with the freezing cold for most of the season? 8 games in the meadowlands, 1 in Buffalo and 1 in NE. PLUS the fact that he’d be competing with his brother for that market. (like Archie would ever allow that).

    Peyton will go somewhere warm (or with a dome) like Miami or Arizona!

    -and this is a Raider fan talking…

  28. If he plays, I’m less concerned about how he throws. I just hope he can take a hit. (conversely, does a defensive player really want to be responsible for paralyzing the great Peyton manning?)

  29. Wow..this is awesome news..I think it would be great to see him go to the dolphins…They deserve a good QB..or the Redskins…who was the last good one…Rypien

  30. The NFL is a better place with a classy Peyton Manning. This news could have waited until after the Superbowl unless Peyton is trying to steal the spotlight. The news doesn’t say that Peyton is healthy to play in 2012. This is the doctor who performed the surgery patting himself on the back for not botching the Peyton surgery.

  31. Great news!! Irsey had stated that manning would be a colt, if manning is healthy. With the doctors clearing him it’s looking like manning will finish a colt. I read an article on Pro Football Weekly awhile back on it’s Insider’s article regarding the colts bouncing back with manning coming back with a young qb taking from the draft being manning’s understudy. go to Pro Football Weekly website an check it out the article was dated january 15, 2012. Now Irsay will be able 2 b the hero an not the villian by trading the #1 pick for more picks. I predict the Colts will b playing in Super Bowl 47 next year in New Orleans. GO Colts!!

  32. One more example of Peyton’s selfishness. I guess we can call this (in the political sense) “February’s Surprise”

    Peyton continue’s to upstage his brother, Brady & the NFL on the biggest week in the NFL!

  33. As a dolphin fan…not crossing my fingers on him coming here,but as long as he doesn’t go to the deteriorating jets I’m fine.that’s like throwing your career away with an annoying coach,#1 reciever and some defensive players.that is the worst fit out of any team.

  34. I am a 40 year old die hard Colt fan. Not a hard sell to me. It was great while it lasted, its easy to see its over. Next man up.

  35. Aren’t all QB’s about one hit away from ending their careers? That is the precise reason they make more money than any other position. They are the focal point of every play. Their mistakes are magnified and they are the target of increasingly big, nasty, fast defensive players with bad intentions. He knows what he is doing.

    Play!

  36. Not in Minnesota kinda tired of old retread qbs
    Not to offend lord manning but we tried old man manning once. That didn’t work out so well. Good luck wish you good health….Unitas never did well in San Diego……

  37. Just because you’re team gets Manning…I wouldn’t get your hopes up. Manning was regressing already before the neck injury. They were 10-6 and lost to the Jets in the wild card round last year (a loss to the Jets and the first time in seven years they hadn’t won 12 games). And if you’re gonna ask this guy to play like he did in 2009 after missing an entire season and trying to learn a new offense, you may as well flip a coin.

  38. At what point in time will the Colts decline to pay the $28 million bonus? While it’s certainly possible Manning can return and play as though nothing ever happened it seems emminently more likely that he will not be what he once was. Even the season before his injury you could see Father Time catching up with him. He didn’t look like the same quarterback everyone has come ot know. Add this severe nerve injury to the mix and it’s very probable Manning will be a shell of his former self.

  39. So if a team is willing to pony up the 28 million, would the Colts ask for much as far as draft picks? It would be a crafty way for a team well under the cap (Kansas City, Arizona, Seattle) to get him without competing with large markets who would have to wait until he’s released because they can’t take the cap hit.

  40. I think PM would be a good fit in Cleveland. They already have a pretty decent defense. He would be turn that team completely around on offense

  41. obithejedi says:
    Feb 2, 2012 7:19 PM

    At what point in time will the Colts decline to pay the $28 million bonus? While it’s certainly possible Manning can return and play as though nothing ever happened it seems emminently more likely that he will not be what he once was. Even the season before his injury you could see Father Time catching up with him. …..
    _________________________________
    PM took a bad hit in late ’06 that caused the problem he’s dealing with now. The hit caused trauma to a neck disc that started to bulge. The bulging put pressure on the nerve to his arm.
    Thus the slow decline that Jaws and others noted the past few years.
    The disc has been repaired and is not putting pressure on the nerve anymore. The question now is if the nerve heals. If and its a big IF, the nerve heals then PM could very well return to play as well as he did before 2006 for a few more years.

  42. Washington has plenty of room for Peyton. Dan Snyder already has his plane on standby at Dulles, I’d bet.

    A good solid defense, good running attack, just missing a couple pieces on offense (say, a franchise-quality QB, for instance), the Skins would be close to making a deep run into the playoffs. That’s gotta be attractive to a guy in Manning’s shoes.

    Plus, he gets to play Eli twice a year. How could he not love that opportunity?

    Hail!!

  43. Oh for gosh sakes just “Brett Favre” him to the
    J-E-T-S , JETS, JETS, JETS! The Packers survived quite well!

  44. This is a strategic move on Peyton’s part to play this out in the media to gain public support. There’s 2 real issues. #1 – is the neck structurally sound enough to take a hit in the NFL. And #2 – can the nerves regenerate enough to allow Peyton to perform at or close to the same level as he once did. My guess is the neck vertebrae has healed. However, the nerves and potential performance issues are and will be a concern. It’s no secret that there where whispers from the Dr. The performed the surgery to close confidants and friends that the nerves were frayed and he seriously doubts that peyton will ever play again as he will have trouble with strength, feeling, accuracy and gripping a football.

  45. Dear Michael Bidwell please jump in your plane and make a trip to Indy like Sunday night and please take Fitz with you. Sorry Kevin Kolb we gave up too much to get you but if PM is at 80% still better than you ! Tell PM we will draft a LT with our first pick sign Garcon to go with Fitz. Running game is solid with Wells and Williams, defense is under rated with Patrick Peterson returning punts and playing DB. Oh and ticket sales will go through the roof !

  46. please………….peyton, go anywhere but denver, kansas city, san diego, pittsburgh, or san francisco…………………….

    sincerely, raiderern

  47. I

    I would love to see the Release and Hold Harmless that Peyton signed to get the surgeon to release him. His angling for another big pay day. Irsay isn’t dum enough to fall for it but another team will.

  48. “croghan1919 says:Feb 2, 2012 7:47 PM

    obithejedi says:
    Feb 2, 2012 7:19 PM

    At what point in time will the Colts decline to pay the $28 million bonus? While it’s certainly possible Manning can return and play as though nothing ever happened it seems emminently more likely that he will not be what he once was. Even the season before his injury you could see Father Time catching up with him. …..
    _________________________________
    PM took a bad hit in late ’06 that caused the problem he’s dealing with now. The hit caused trauma to a neck disc that started to bulge. The bulging put pressure on the nerve to his arm.
    Thus the slow decline that Jaws and others noted the past few years.
    The disc has been repaired and is not putting pressure on the nerve anymore. The question now is if the nerve heals. If and its a big IF, the nerve heals then PM could very well return to play as well as he did before 2006 for a few more years.”

    The details of how the injury started are not relevant to the issue. All that matters is what has happened over the course of the last year or so. I agree with you that there is the chance that Manning could come back and be just as good as he was previously. If you read my post again I didn’t say it was impossible-just not likely. But he is in his mid 30’s, has a full year of rust, and finds himself in a delicate situation with respect to his health. To me this doesn’t have the best odds at coming back and playing as though nothing happened and I wonder how long the Colts would go until they decide to consider the future of the team.

  49. Peyton would be INSANE to come back and risk a helmet-to-helmet collision. One good shot and he’s in a wheelchair and Depends for the rest of his life.

  50. I guess Peyton craved some media attention.

    His doctors can’t talk without his permission, so he is timing his PR move when the media spotlight is hottest.

    Sad, really, seeing him try to get his ego stroked

  51. Come to Miami were the weather is nice we can use a quarterback like you here we got nice weather here plus is like paradise here we got the beach in the most beautiful girls here ,!,!!!

  52. OK, here we go again. PM is due a Roster Bonus of $28 mil by March 8th. If the Colts do not pay him or both sides do not agree to renegotiate the bonus or the remainder of his contract which was just redone for 5 years last year then PM will shop his services elsewhere. If he goes elsewhere there will be no draft picks exchanged, the new team will just have to pony up and be willing to pay him very handsomely. On another note I just read an article on USA today and according to them both doctors were his personal doctors. Neither of them were team doctors.

  53. Just another chess piece moved into place. Peyton should just move on to another team and start fresh in a place where he’s wanted “IF” he’s healthy enough. Plenty of teams in the Colts division to play for and possibly exact his revenge……..

  54. The dude is 36 years old and his best years are in the rear-view mirror and when training camp starts in July it will have been 18 months since he threw a pass in anger, and he is one big hit away from a wheelchair.

    Other than that, no problemo

  55. Where the hell is everyone getting this 80% from? Wasn’t he close to 80% when he last played? At what percentage is he become a mere mortal? 30%?

  56. I’ve always had the utmost respect for PM, but I do believe that he kinda stepped over the line, not waiting for SB week to be over. Seems a bit tactless, especially knowing full well that the media would have a field day and get sidetracked from the Superbowl (against it’s own good judgement of course). I for one am quite fed up with the whole Peyron Manning circus, and I hope he finds a team or announces his retirement ASAP.

    Still love him though

  57. Nobody knows what condition Mannings arm is in. I would say that if Manning says he can play then he could play. Mort is a rumor monger.

  58. I believe that at some point the prevailing public opinion on this, which up to now has been sympathy for PM because he wants to keep playing, etc. will turn against him because he is obviously quite selfish: his health will NEVER be the same, his arm will NEVER be the same, by this summer 18 months will have passed since he threw a pass in competition, but more importantly – he doesn’t owe the NFL or the fans anything – he owes everything to his FAMILY.

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