Peyton Manning has been medically cleared to return to football, according to a report by ESPN's Chris Mortenson. Manning has been recovering and rehabbing from a second neck surgery, which fused together vertebrae in an attempt to stabilize his injury neck. His future as a player, however, has been and remains unclear.
Mortensen cites sources who indicate Manning has been cleared, but does not elaborate further.
Peyton Manning medically cleared to resume NFL career, per sources. More coming on ESPN now. #NFL32— Chris Mortensen (@mortreport) February 2, 2012
It's important to note that medically cleared does not mean he's completely back to normal or healed. It also doesn't ensure Manning will be back on the field by the beginning of next season.
Manning still has a long ways to go, from all indications. Just being cleared is one step, but building up strength in his arm, a big concern as of late, will be a key in determining the future of his playing career. If his nerves don't heal properly and he isn't able to build his arm strength and endurance back up, this is all moot.