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Peyton Manning Update: Doctor Says Neck Fusion Has "Achieved Firm Fixation"

While Peyton Manning was a no-show at the Colts facility earlier today, and Head Coach Jim Caldwell said he had no news on how Manning's visit with the doctors went yesterday, we learned of some great news on the recovery front from his doctor, Dr. Robert Watkins (via Fox 59 in Indianapolis):

X-ray and CT examination of the surgical area shows that the fusion performed in September has achieved firm fixation," said Dr. Robert Watkins. "Peyton will now be allowed to increase the intensity and breadth of his workouts as tolerated. There remains every indication that his recovery will continue. There still is no timetable for Peyton’s return to practice, which is one of many steps in his expected return to game action. He is working hard on a rehabilitation program outlined in conjunction with myself, Erin Barill and Peyton. His response to this plan in the future will dictate his return date.

It's ok if you do a little happy dance. Personally, I like the Tiger Woods fist pump, but you can celebrate however you'd like.

Now, I'll bring everyone back down to earth a little bit. This doesn't mean that we'll see Manning suiting up in the final five weeks of the season, as that would be monumentally stupid to try and rush him back, even with 0-16 staring the franchise in the face. Let's be honest...one season, even in infamy, to possibly get multiple seasons of a healthy Manning is clearly worth it. It also doesn't guarantee that Manning will even be able to make it through a walk-through, let alone a practice. But it also doesn't completely rule it out either.

We should hear more on Friday, as everyone believes Manning will talk to the media at some point. We'll keep everyone updated once we get more answers from #18. But this is great news that step one of his recovery seemingly is complete.

h/t to nacc and Matic