It was first reported on ESPN radio by John Clayton on Sunday night. Then other sources started to pick up on the story that Indianapolis Colts quarterback Peyton Manning may be forced to retire. The fused vertebrae in his neck is healing, but there is still some lingering nerve issue down his arm that may be problematic.
Yahoo Sports is reporting that even though Manning started throwing a football again in December, that the velocity on his passes isn’t improving. Doctors familiar with the type of surgery that Manning underwent believe that he’s still a year away from determining if he can play again. Manning didn’t respond directly to Yahoo, but he remains determined that he’ll play again.
We’ll keep you updated as we hear more.