Though no one will go on record, a Yahoo! Sports report
Monday night cited sources that Indianapolis Colts quarterback Peyton Manning's recovery isn't going well and that they don't think he will play again.
Manning underwent three neck surgeries, and his recovery is not progressing as quickly as hoped, according to the Yahoo! report.
Spinal fusion surgery is a big ordeal, and Manning's recovery has always been a question mark.
Though Manning began throwing in November, the report indicated that his passes haven't matched the velocity that he previously had and that the situation isn't improving.
It could still be several months, perhaps longer, before the quarterback could potentially play again, and he if he does play, he risks additional injury that could have consequences beyond ending his playing career.
As part of its current contract with Manning, the Colts are due to pay the quarterback a $28 million bonus on March 8 if he is retained, but they have the option not to keep him.
Colts owner Jim Irsay has been quiet about Manning in the last few days, after a public dust-up pitted him against his quarterback, leading to a joint release
of "no hard feelings."
Neither Irsay nor Manning has responded to the Yahoo! report.
Despite his health woes, Manning is still intensely popular in Indianapolis, and Irsay faces a difficult decision in the weeks ahead.
Manning has said publicly that he wants to keep playing.
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