ESPN Chief Medical Correspondent Dr. Michael Kaplan says that there is a 90% chance Peyton Manning will return to the National Football League for the 2012-2013 season.
Manning missed the entire 2011-2012 season with a lingering neck injury but remained on the Indianapolis Colts active roster and was cleared for workouts of greater intensity earlier this month.
Manning has endured three surgeries on his neck, including two in the past five months. He had a single level anterior fusion surgery on September 8 and was cleared to leave the booth and stand on the sidelines in early October.
The Arizona Cardinals have been added to the mix of teams interested in Manning's services if the Colts do decide to trade or release him. If Peyton, 35, is not cut by the Colts by March 8, he is due a $28 million roster bonus from the contract he signed last summer, meaning Indianapolis has about a littler over a month to figure out what to do with their future Hall of Famer.