MEDIA STATEMENT FROM DR. ROBERT WATKINS SR. AT MARINA DEL REY HOSPITAL REGARDING THE MEDICAL CLEARANCE OF PEYTON MANNING
MARINA DEL REY, Calif. (Feb. 2, 2012) – Peyton Manning underwent a thorough medical re-evaluation as part of a postoperative visit with his surgeon Dr. Robert Watkins Sr. of the Marina Spine Center in Marina del Rey, Calif. As a result of this examination, Manning is medically cleared to play professional football.
On Twitter Wilson pointed out that a release and ability to play are starkly different. In the end perhaps this is an attempt to control the spin and put some heat on Jim Irsay and the Colts:
But if #Colts QB has yet to experience nerve regeneration, Manning is not yet ready to play football. Being cleared, doing it, not same.
— Phillip B Wilson (@pwilson24) February 3, 2012
What the release didn’t specify, nor anybody has said, is how Manning’s damaged nerve in that neck has regenerated. From all accounts, be it what Manning hasn’t said, what owner Jim Irsay has suggested, what this release didn’t get into, that nerve still has a ways to go.
So what did we really learn from this paragraph statement? Manning met with his doctor Wednesday and it’s out of that doctor’s hands.
That’s it, folks. Honest.