When Jim Irsay said Peyton Manning was a politician, he didn't say enough. Manning is a great politician. As evidence, check out the news, via ESPN's Chris Mortensen, that Manning has been "medically cleared." Stampede Blue has a great cross-section of immediate reaction, including hints that maybe, just maybe, this news means nothing at all. From Mortensen's report.
What remains in question is the timeline in which Manning's nerve regeneration to his triceps will improve to the point where he is throwing passes in the manner that helped him win four MVP awards during his 13-year career.
Or, in layman's terms: Peyton Manning is medically cleared to play football. He just can't throw. Such a revelation means as much as finding out that I'm medically cleared to play football. For the record, I can't throw, either.
The most newsworthy part of this report is its timing and existence. This information isn't much different than what Robert Watkins, Manning's surgeon, said in November. 72 hours before the Super Bowl, it's hard to think Manning isn't putting his own agenda ahead of the city of Indianapolis' time in the spotlight. He's allowed to play this however he wants, but we're talking more about the Manning who's not playing Sunday than the one who is.
Things like that rarely happen by accident. But good politicians make it look that easy.