Report: Peyton Manning Medically Cleared to “resume NFL career”

After a bunch of little and tiresome news on Peyton Manning, we actually have some real news.  And it is big. 

According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter and Chris Mortensen, Peyton Manning has been medically cleared to play.

From Mortensen on twitter:

Peyton Manning medically cleared to resume NFL career, per sources. 

According to ESPN.com’s story, Dr. Robert Watkins is one of the two doctors who have cleared Manning.  Watkins is the one who performed the surgeries 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.”  The other doctor who has cleared Manning is reportedly Colts neurosurgeon Dr. Hank Feuer.  Feuer reportedly told Manning recently: “If you were my own son, I’d tell (you) to go play.”

More from the article:

According to one source familiar with Manning’s medical review, “It’s not a safety issue; it’s a performance issue.” This source added that Manning is “making progress.”

The source said Manning had a throwing session Tuesday with two of his Colts receivers — Anthony Gonzalez and Blair White — at an undisclosed location and that Manning has spent numerous recent days throwing to at least one wide receiver, aiming to regain as much strength as possible in his arm.

However, the source said Manning still cannot pinpoint a date when his performance will reach an acceptable level to him. The source alluded that it might take to the one-year anniversary of Manning’s May 23rd, 2011 surgery on a bulging disk in his neck.

Folks, this is big news.  It is really looking like Peyton Manning will be healthy.  If he is healthy by March 8, I think alot of Colts fans and the media are going to be shocked by what the Colts decide to do.

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