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Man, oh, Manning: Is Peyton Done?

January 31, 2012|RedEye

Was Rob Lowe right all along?

According to Yahoo Sports, Indianapolis Colts quarterback and future Hall of Famer Peyton Manning's NFL career is over.

Lowe famously tweeted a couple weeks ago "'Hearing my fave, #18 Peyton Manning will not return to NFL. Wow."

Manning, according to Yahoo, is not healing as quickly as hoped after having neck surgery this summer. Specifically, nerves in his arm are not healing at a rate that would enable him to play again, according to two sources with knowledge of Manning's rehab.

In an interview on ESPN on Tuesday, however, Manning contradicted the Yahoo report.

"I'm good. I really feel good. I continue to make progress every day," the 35-year-old said. "Everything that the doctors have told me has been on point, which is encouraging to me. I just had a great day today with rehab, just got back from the facility, and that's what I'm gonna continue to do. Just keep trying to get better. So far I have. That's the plan from here on out."

Colts owner Jim Irsay would not comment Monday.

Manning, who led the Colts to a Super Bowl win in 2007, is owed a $28 million bonus March 8. That's a steep price for a player who might not ever be able to take another snap in the NFL. The Colts, on the other hand, have the No. 1 pick in the NFL Draft, which begins April 26, and Indy is expected to take Stanford quarterback Andrew Luck.

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