Indianapolis Colts quarterback Peyton Manning has been and is likely to be a focal point of Super Bowl week and the upcoming NFL offseason, with questions abounding about what's to happen next. His agent, Tom Condon, spoke with the NFL Network on Friday in Indianapolis to discuss the injured quarterback's current situation and what the next step very well might be.
First, Condon explains where Peyton is in his healing process.
Tom Condon says Manning's fusion healed and he's sound and can take a hit. But he's still rehabbing the nerve— Jason La Canfora (@JasonLaCanfora) February 3, 2012
Condon mentioned that latest injury report was a response that it would be foolish or dangerous for him to play football again. That's great to hear, but that doesn't necessarily mean he'll be suiting up anytime soon:
Condon says obviously Manning wouldn't be effective if he tried to play now but thinks in a few months he could be effective— Jason La Canfora (@JasonLaCanfora) February 3, 2012
Condon would also note that it could take up to a year for Peyton to be ready to play again, putting him on schedule to miss another full season.
The Colts are also considering pushing back the date of Peyton's big bonus, $28 million to be exact, which Condon says they are fine with. Still, he would admit he doesn't know when a meeting could take place:
Condon says "this is a tough time" for Irsay and Manning. Doesn't know exact timing of meeting but suspects sooner rather than later— Jason La Canfora (@JasonLaCanfora) February 3, 2012