DENVER - The Broncos hope Peyton Manning's neck exam Monday is a mere formality and the MVP quarterback will be back healthy for 2014. Jeff Legwold of ESPN.com first reported the exam will take place Monday in Denver, and 7Sports confirmed the report.
Manning passed the required exit physical given to all of the team’s players in the days after the Super Bowl loss to the Seattle Seahawks as the players adjourned for the offseason. Monday’s exam is part of his contract and the Broncos expect to hear Manning is ready to go for the 2014 season.
Manning said throughout Super Bowl week that his intention was to play in the 2014 season, but team officials have routinely said the scheduled exam was the last formality remaining. Manning has had four neck surgeries, including a spinal fusion that kept him out of the 2011 season, but has had no significant or unexpected issues with his neck as a result of playing this past season.
Manning played tournament golf in the Pebble Beach Pro-Am just days after the Broncos’ loss in Super Bowl XLVIII, a clear indication he was not having issues with the neck following the season. Broncos executive vice president of football operations/general manager John Elway said at the scouting combine last week team officials expected Manning to be given a clean bill of health after the exam.