Fans all over Indianapolis were heard yelling, "The fusion has healed, the fusion has healed!" earlier this week, referring to the encouraging news that Peyton Manning received regarding his surgically repaired neck.
Okay, that might not actually be how it went down in Indy when the news came out, but in a season with little else to cheer about it really isn't too much of a stretch to think that it could have.
The questions now begin to focus on when Manning might be able to take the field for Indianapolis this season. Both Manning and GM Bill Polian have been non-commital in terms of voicing a date, but there is hope that it could be the regular season finale against Jacksonville or, perhaps in time to terrorize the Houston Texans on Thursday Night Football before Christmas.
If Manning does in fact take the field, here are a few things that the Colts should be looking for to help determine if Manning is worth the $28 million dollar option that it would take to keep him.