Indianapolis Colts quarterback Peyton Manning said in an interview with ESPN that he expects to be cleared to play again.
"It's good. I really feel good,” Manning told ESPN. “I continue to make progress every day. Everything the doctors have told me has been on point, which is encouraging to me. I had a great day today of rehab. I just got back from the facility. That's what I'm going to continue to do. Just try to get better. That's the plan I have from here on out."
"The doctors and I have been in constant communication. We're on the same page and I'm encouraged by what they've said ... I've seen these guys for weeks and everything they're saying is right on point, that everything looks good and I'll be cleared and ready to go."
Manning’s claim that he will soon be cleared is a direct contrast to a Yahoo! Sports report that cited sources close to Manning which said his throwing arm may never be to the point where he can play again. Manning, who underwent a spinal fusion procedure prior to the 2011 season, was been cleared to throw in December after doctors determined that the vertebrae in his neck had properly healed. He has not yet been cleared for contact. Manning was originally drafted by the Colts in 1998 and had not missed a single game for Indianapolis until this season. In 208 contests he has thrown for 54,828 yards and recorded 399 touchdown passes.