Evan Hilbert
Friday December 2nd, 2011

Indianapolis Colts' quarterback Peyton Manning has been permitted to workout more fervently during his rehab process, according to his doctors. Manning has been sidelined for the entire 2011 season with a neck injury.

After having three surgeries on his neck, Manning was shut down for the 2011 season after his rehabilitation wasn't progressing well. His doctor, Robert Watkins, said the September surgery was successful.

"X-ray and CT examination of the surgical area shows that the fusion performed in September has achieved firm fixation," Watkins said in a statement. "Peyton will now be allowed to increase the intensity and breadth of his workouts as tolerated. There remains every indication that his recovery will continue. There still is no timetable for Peyton's return to practice, which is one of many steps in his expected return to game action. His response to this plan in the future will dictate his return date." "I am encouraged with what Doc had to say," Manning said in the joint statement. "I am happy that I can increase my rehabilitation program. I am hopeful for continued progress in this next phase of my rehab."

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