Light beer, not neck, was on Peyton Manning’s mind Sunday night

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Before the Broncos and Chargers squared off on Sunday, Chris Mortensen of ESPN pointed out that Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning would have a neck exam in March that would determine whether he’s healthy enough to play a third season with the Broncos.

There’s no expectation that doctors will tell him that he has to stop playing, but it’s necessary that the Broncos do their homework before handing Manning $20 million for the 2014 season. When asked about the exam after the game, Manning made it clear that what he feels is necessary is that he leave thoughts about his doctor’s appointment until it is actually time for the doctor’s appointment.

“What’s weighing on my mind is how soon I can get a Bud Light in my mouth after this win,” Manning said, via USA Today. “I’ve really been, this team has been a one-week-at-a-time season. For all we’ve been through, losing our coach and losing different guys to injuries, that approach has served us well. I think we need to keep that approach from here on out.”

Manning acknowledged last week that he’s closing in on the light at the end of the tunnel, but he won’t be reaching it before the end of this week. That should leave thoughts about another meeting with the Patriots to replace thoughts about light beer as the top priority of Manning’s immediate future while the medical issues wait for their own turn in the spotlight.