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Peyton Manning’s Neck Injury; Will Manning Return to Football?
Indianapolis Colts quarterback Peyton Manning underwent yet another surgery to address a neck injury. This surgery is now the third that Manning has undergone within the last 19 months. Manning did not take the decision to undergo surgery lightly and made the choice after consulting with multiple doctors who all seemed to agree that surgery was the most viable option. Manning's surgery consisted of a one-level fusion of the cervical vertebrae of the neck. The surgery was reported to have been "uneventful" and the team kept Manning on the active roster, rather than placing him on season-ending injured reserve.
Manning may not return to football
Despite his skills and victories on the field, Manning may not be able to return to football. Manning, who will be 36-years-old by next season, may not be healthy enough to play next season. The prospect of losing Manning is a frightening one not only to the Colts, but to fans as well. Without Manning, or a new player that can live up to Manning's legacy, the Colts aren't likely to see another win for a long time.
Manning is healing well
Much to the delight of his fan, Manning's last checkup regarding his neck surgery provided the star athlete with good news; his neck is healing as anticipated. Manning told the press, "I am encouraged with what Doc had to say… I am happy that I can increase my rehabilitation program as outlined by him … and the Colts' medical staff. I am hopeful for continued progress in this next phase of my rehab."
The fusion in Manning's neck appears to be more firmly healed, however, Manning is still taking it easy, following a specific rehabilitation plan devised by his physicians and physical therapists. Manning, even though he appears to be doing well, hasn't been given his doctor's green light to participate in more strenuous physical activity and workouts, leading fans to speculate if Manning will be able to return to the field by next season.
The Colts may have an out
With speculation that Manning may not be able to return to football, fans can't help but wonder what the team's options are. Fortunately for the Colts, they have a way out of Manning's contract without having to pay more than the original $26 million for the first year. The Colts have until five days prior to the end of the season to decide whether to cut or keep Manning.
*Samantha Van Vleet is a former high school athlete. She enjoys keeping up to date with sports news and has a special interest in the areas of health and nutrition as they relate to sports.
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