Peyton Manning’s Doctor Says QB’s Fusion Has Healed

Peyton Manning’s injured neck is healthy enough for more work.

He’s just not ready to start taking hits.

One day after Manning’s latest monthly checkup, Dr. Robert Watkins gave the winless Indianapolis Colts and their franchise quarterback some good news in this miserable season: The four-time league MVP is healing.

“I am encouraged with what Doc had to say,” Manning said. “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.”

Watkins believes Manning’s recovery will continue.

The 35-year-old quarterback hasn’t practiced since having a spinal fusion Sept. 8. The surgery was intended to repair a damaged nerve in his neck that caused weakness in his throwing arm. It was Manning’s third neck surgery in 19 months and the most risky and complicated of the three.

It sounded as though things were going well when Manning provided reporters with his first medical update, after a checkup in early October. He was thrilled when doctors cleared him to move from the press box to the field and he started taking brisk walks around the practice field.

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