Indianapolis Colts quarterback Peyton Manning is slowly returning from offseason neck surgery, his second in the past 15 months. But his recovery has been slowed because of NFL lockout rules restricting players from receiving medical attention from their team, as well as an inability to use team facilities for rehabilitation. When the lockout began, team facilities were shuddered, forcing players to workout on their own and seek their own treatment for various injuries picked up during the season or for surgeries that took place after the season ended.
Manning told ESPN.com that the familiarity with the Colts' training staff provided him comfort, but with that gone he's been forced to proceed with caution.
"The lockout didn't allow me to work my (Colts) therapist, Erin Barill, and I'm just not comfortable taking any chances with this thing," Manning said. "Erin knows me. He's rehabbed me through two other surgeries (neck and knee) and I think most people understand that once you build up a trust with your therapist, that's the guy you want and need to work with."
The inability for injured players to rehab with their own teams and receive in-house medical treatment has been one of the more unfortunate parts of the lockout. Players injured during the season, playing under contract for the owners that have no locked them out, have been stuck in no-man's land as the NFL and NFLPA battle it out over billions of dollars.