Jason Cole of Yahoosports.com reported Monday Indianapolis Colts quarterback Peyton Manning may not ever play a down of football in his career again due to his neck injury.
The reports said the nerves in Manning's arms have not been healing as quickly as hoped, and they do not appear to be getting better fast enough for him to resume a playing career. Cole reported that two sources said it is possible that Manning's historic playing days may be over.
Manning has been rehabilitating after surgery fused vertebrae in his neck last off-season. The report said Manning started throwing back in December, but there has been no improvement in his velocity since.
Doctors said Manning might have hit a plateau which may take to a year to find out how much strength he will actually get back.
With Manning missing the entire 2011 season, the Colts finished with a league-worst record of 2-14 which puts them in position to draft Stanford quarterback Andrew Luck. Because of Manning's uncertain health and his $28 million contract for next season, two sources have advised the Colts to part ways with Manning, reported foxsports.com
Both Manning and Colts owner Jim Irsay declined comment for both stories.