Reports suggesting Peyton Manning won’t sufficiently recover from neck surgery to resume his NFL career are not accurate, to hear Manning tell it.
"I really feel good," he told ESPN's Trey Wingo at the Super Bowl. "I continue to make progress every day. Everything that the doctors have told me has been on point, which is encouraging to me. I just had a great day today with rehab, just got back from the facility, and that's what we continue to do. Just keep trying to get better. So far I have. That's the plan from here on out."
Of course, Manning can feel good and still not be healed enough to return to NFL play. He plans on getting better and the wish from everyone is that he does, but we know nothing definitive and he shared nothing definitive about the status of nerve regeneration following serious neck surgery before last season.
He still may not know.
He declined to predict what's going to happen with a March 8 deadline for a $28 million bonus. If the Indianapolis Colts don't pay it, he'll become a free agent.
Manning said he understands the ongoing conversation but simply won't contribute to it this week. He'll talk to owner Jim Irsay after the Super Bowl and doesn't expect the verdict to come down to the last second.
It certainly shouldn't. It's not that complicated.
"Either way, it's going to be good," he said. "I'm at peace, and it'll be a positive thing, I can assure you."