The Peyton Manning saga goes on. And there could be trouble in getting a happy ending from this story.
The San Francisco 49ers might be a potential suitor if he's healthy. But it's starting to look like he'll have real trouble at getting back on the field. Jason Cole of Yahoo Sports reports that Manning is having trouble healing the nerves in his arm.
The nerves in Manning’s arm are not healing as quickly as hoped and, worse, don’t appear to be progressing at enough of a rate to indicate that he will play again, according to two sources with knowledge of Manning’s rehabilitation from neck surgery. The vertebrae in his neck that were fused have healed as expected and Manning began throwing in December. But he hasn’t shown improvement in velocity on his passes, and the two sources fear he likely never will again.
Jeff McLane goes a step further.
I was going to do a should the #Eagles consider Peyton Manning story, but the whispers coming out of Indy are that his career is over.— Jeff McLane (@Jeff_McLane) January 31, 2012
The issue with Manning seems to be a serious one. And it's definitely one that the 49ers aren't likely to take a risk on at any point. San Francisco has committed to Alex Smith, and it doesn't make a lot of sense to invest a lot into a quarterback that might not be assured of being there and playing for a long period of time.