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Peyton Manning Close to Full Strength and Ready for Return in 2012?

Peyton Manning’s health has been one of the most-discussed topics of the NFL’s offseason and barring a change of heart by Indianapolis owner Jim Irsay, No. 18 won’t be suiting up for the Colts in 2012. Manning’s recovery from neck surgery has been slow and reports from earlier this offseason weren’t positive about his arm strength and ability to throw to his left. However, some interesting footage has appeared online and you can bet the Redskins, Dolphins and Seahawks are taking notice.

The short (27 seconds) video appears to be of Manning throwing at Duke University last week. The clandestine shot doesn’t provide a clear picture of Manning’s rehab, but there are encouraging signs. Manning appears to be showing good zip and arm strength in the short clip, which is certainly a positive sign in his recovery.

Related: Where Will Peyton Manning Play in 2012?

Although the neck injury has been a slow rehab process for Manning, all signs point to him returning to the NFL in 2012 and with a team other than the Colts – especially if the quarterback in this video continues to improve:

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