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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“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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