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Broncos QB Peyton Manning Cleared to Keep Playing Football

Peyton Manning will play at least one more season after his neck checked-out and he was cleared to play in the 2014 NFL season.

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The Denver Broncos were certainly holding their breaths today as their 2014 season hung in the balance before the new league year even opens. All-Pro quarterback Peyton Manning has had four neck surgeries during 2011, which caused him to miss the entire 2011-12 season. Because of that, he must now undergo a routine checkup on the condition of his neck every offseason to ensure it can withstand another NFL season.

According to Mike Klis of the Denver Post, Broncos quarterback Peyton Manningpassed his physical Monday morning, and is cleared to continue playing football. Because Manning is cleared by his doctors, his $20 million salary for the 2014 season will become fully guaranteed.

Manning was asked at the Super Bowl whether or not he planned on playing another year in 2014, and he made it clear that he wanted "to continue". He'll enter the upcoming season with several milestones within reach. He is 17 touchdown passes shy of Brett Favre's career record of 508 and 19 wins from Favre's 186 victories as an NFL starting quarterback.

Assumiung the Broncos are able to keep their roster fairly intact with All-Pro pass-rusher Von Miller returning to form after tearing his ACL in 2013, they should once again be the favorites to win the AFC.