Report: Those close to Manning fear his career is over

The Super Bowl being played in the House That Peyton Built is quickly taking a back seat to all the speculation and wonder regarding Manning himself.

Now, comes a report from Jason Cole of Yahoo! Sports, citing sources, that Manning's career might indeed be over because his injury has not healed to the point where he has regained the necessary arm strength to play. Basically, the report says Manning's recovery of his strength has plateaued, which is apparently a bad sign.

This from Cole's sources indicates that Manning's career is hanging in the balance: "The nerves in Manning’s arm are not healing as quickly as hoped and, worse, don’t appear to be progressing at enough of a rate to indicate that he will play again, according to two sources with knowledge of Manning’s rehabilitation from neck surgery. The vertebrae in his neck that were fused have healed as expected and Manning began throwing in December. But he hasn’t shown improvement in velocity on his passes, and the two sources fear he likely never will again."

The report also said that sometimes recovery from such injuries can take a full year from the point of the surgery. If that is the case, then the Colts probably have no choice but to release Manning in March and go in a different direction.

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