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Posted at 04:05 PM ET, 09/20/2011

Archie, Eli Manning do the talking as Peyton Manning does the walking


Peyton Manning, in late August. (Andy Lyons / GETTY IMAGES)
Peyton Manning was walking inside the Indianapolis Colts facility Monday, but he wasn’t talking to the media.

Instead, his dad, Archie, and brother Eli offered a glimpse of Peyton’s recovery from neck surgery Sept. 8.

“I do not know. I really don’t,” Archie Manning told ESPNNY’s Ian O’Connor said when asked if Peyton would play this season. “He was sore after surgery, but he's finally feeling a little better after a week. ... He's in better spirits. We'll see what happens.”

Asked about a FoxSports report that Peyton had undergone stem-cell treatment in Europe before his surgery, Archie replied, “I don’t know anything about it.” Both Colts vice-chairman Bill Polian and Manning’s agent, Tom Condon, declined comment.

Archie was at MetLife Stadium, watching Eli and the Giants beat the Rams on Monday night and on Tuesday update duties fell to Eli, who told “Mike and Mike in the Morning” that Peyton is “doing well. He’s rehabbing, doing everything he can to try to get back out there. ... He’s handling it as well, I guess, as expected, as he possibly can. I know he’ll be working hard to try to get back out there.”

Peyton, who has had three procedures on his neck in 19 months, underwent anterior fusion surgery because of a nerve issue that was causing triceps weakness. His only comment as he walked laps Monday was to cameramen filming him. “Can I get this for my scrapbook?” he asked. “Pretty exciting, huh?”

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