Peyton Manning will undergo crucial neck exam in March

1/13/14 in NFL   |   Matthew_Shovlin   |   735 respect

We all know the story of Peyton Manning and his four-time surgically repaired neck. The injury sidelined him for the entirety of the 2011 season, is essentially the reason that he left his long-time team, the Indianapolis Colts, and was the preface to a Comeback Player of the Year campaign in 2012. After two consecutive All-Pro seasons and a number of broken records with the Denver Broncos, it had seemed that Manning's neck injury was behind him, but the legendary signal caller is not out of the water just yet.

Blog Photo - Peyton Manning will undergo crucial neck exam in MarchManning will undergo a physical in March to have his formerly troublesome neck checked out. The most likely scenario appears that everything will be fine, and that Manning will return to the Broncos with high expectations in 2014. If any sort of increased risk of injury is shown, however, Manning "will be forced to decide whether to retire," according to ESPN's Chris Mortensen.

It's a scary thought, particularly for Broncos fans, that the future Hall of Fame quarterback could possibly be playing in his last season. Manning, of course, has adamantly stated that he intends to play in 2014 and beyond, regardless of whether or not his team wins the Super Bowl this season. Unfortunately, the results of his neck exam could put him in a place where retirement is the best long-term decision.

After the Broncos' Divisional Round victory over the San Diego Chargers on Sunday, Manning was asked if he was thinking about the exam. Always cool and calm, Manning responded, "The only thing weighing on my mind is how soon I can get a Bud Light in my mouth."
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