Monday, August 29, 2011

Peyton Manning's Next Stage In Rehab From Neck Surgery: Will Practice With Colts This Week

In what it very good news for Indianapolis Colts fans, Peyton Manning was removed from the NFL's Physically Unable To Play list (PUP) today.  That in itself isn't the really good part.

Manning would have had to come off the list by the end of this week by NFL rules or be forced to miss the first six weeks of the season.  Head Coach Jim Caldwell also said that Manning would begin to practice with the Colts on a limited basis this week.
“He’s been throwing,” coach Jim Caldwell said. “It’s going to be a bigger amount, and I don’t think it needs a whole lot of explanation. The statement speaks for itself.”
That is great news for Manning, who hadn't been able to practice since his May neck surgery to remove a bulging disc.  ***Previous article: Is Manning's Neck Injury More Serious Than What Colts Are Claiming

No doubt Manning's slow recovery was due to nerve damage from the disc, and he must be performing well enough in rehab in order to be able to start throwing to teammates.  His throwing arm, the one affected by the disc, has to be strengthened before Manning could even consider playing in a live game.

This still has no impact on my question of whether Peyton has a more serious neck problem (specifally, spinal stenosis). That question won't be answered until these neck problems have been resolved and no new ones pop up over the next few  years.

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