SI's Will Carroll is one of the best "injury experts" around. Thus, when he tweets, twerps like me listen:
Source who saw a Manning workout recently says "Massive improvements recently. Still things he's adjusting to. Will be ready for minicamp"— Will Carroll (@injuryexpert) March 5, 2012
This news is on the heels of the recently leaked video of Peyton throwing down in North Carolina. As I noted on Twitter this past weekend, that Peyton has come even this far is a tribute to his toughness and determination. We don't know if he is "healthy," but he does seem "healthier."
Again, all this good news should come as no surprise. We are right up against the March 8th deadline. The Colts keeping Peyton means a $28 million dollar
cap hit roster bonus after that deadline ($38 million towards their cap). Everyone and their mother who is closely involved in and following this story thinks Peyton will be cut. If he is, reports like these (and the video leaked last week) are critical to generate interest in his skills.
FYI: Most team minicamps open right after the NFL Draft in late-April, early May. If Peyton Manning is ready to practice by then... wow.