Peyton Manning Passes Obligatory Neck Exam, Ready for 2014


Feb 6, 2014; Pebble Beach, CA, USA; Peyton Manning on the green of the 15th during the first round of the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am at Monterey Peninsula Country Club. Mandatory Credit: Allan Henry-USA TODAY Sports

The Denver Broncos knew Peyton Manning’s neck might be a question mark down the road after having so many procedures done on it between 2011 and 2012. Manning felt comfortable enough in his rehab that he was willing to let the Broncos check him out before every season just to make sure things were OK.

That’s apparently the case, per Mike Klis of the Denver Post who reports that Manning’s neck exam went well, and there is basically nothing to report which is good news.

This is a procedure that we were led to believe at the time Manning himself had put in the language of his contract, allowing the Broncos to basically void his contract if they weren’t comfortable with the results of the exam.

Since returning from the neck procedures, Manning has thrown 100 touchdown passes if you include the playoffs, and was named NFL MVP in 2013.

The neck exam this year was nothing that the Broncos weren’t expecting, or something they decided they needed to do at the last minute. It’s been planned since Manning was signed. It guarantees his contract for this season, though the language of his contract could be re-structured if he and the Broncos agree to create some more cap space using his number.

There have been rumors of that, but nothing substantial at this point.

Either way, this is almost a non-news story, but something you may have wanted to know anyway.