Peyton Manning will undergo crucial neck exam in March
Manning 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."