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Manning had a pinched nerve in his neck that required at least two procedures (on May 23rd and Sep 8th of 2011), the latter being a single-level fusion surgery that requires roughly four to six months to heal.
According to doctors who have not examined Manning, the neck could be even stronger following the surgery.
However, Manning's surgeon, Dr. Robert Watkins, is not commenting on the subject. Call me a cynic, but I find that a bit curious.
As of early March, Manning said he has not fully recovered, but his arm strength—presumably the bigger issue related to his neck surgeries—is getting ever closer to full strength.
Based on projected recovery times, Manning's arm not being 100 percent raises some eyebrows about whether the recovery is once again taking longer than expected.
After the Broncos' voluntary April workouts, Manning refused to comment on his progress.
Granted, Denver would not have signed him if they were not confident he would be at full strength. But there are certainly enough red flags at this point to give one pause.
For fantasy purposes, all eyes will be watching how he performs in training camp and in preseason games. Even if he looks sharp, I would be wary of making him my QB1. At the present time, Manning isn't making me brim with confidence as my starter but I would consider him as a QB2.
We'll continue to follow this into the summer.