The NFL's Most Valuable Player was cleared by doctors to compete again in 2014, as there are no issues with the neck of Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning, according to Mike Klis of the Denver Post.
Manning, who will turn 38 this month, missed the entire 2011 season after two neck surgeries, including a cervical fusion procedure in September, forced him out of the lineup. The surgeries proved to be the end of his 14-year career with the Indianapolis Colts, as the team released Manning in March 2012 and drafted Andrew Luck in the subsequent month.
Upon joining the Broncos, Manning signed with the stipulation that he would take a physical every offseason. In the event that he was advised by doctors not to play due to his neck, Manning has already said that he would retire rather than put his health at risk.
Also, the remaining salary of the five-year, $96 million deal that Manning signed with the Broncos in 2012 would be voided. He is due $15 million in base salary in 2014 and $19 million in both 2015 and 2016.
Manning finished the 2013 season with the single-season records for passing yards and touchdowns with 5,477 yards and 55 touchdowns. He is second all-time in both categories for his career, although he needs just 18 touchdowns to pass Brett Favre for the most career passing touchdowns. Manning has 6,874 yards fewer than Favre for his career.
The Broncos finished the 2013 season as AFC champions, but lost to the Seattle Seahawks in Super Bowl XLVIII, 43-8. Manning completed 34-of-49 passes for 280 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions in the loss.