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The Early Lead
Posted at 02:24 PM ET, 12/14/2011

Peyton Manning is throwing again as rehab continues

Even as the Indianapolis Colts creep ever-closer to a winless season, Peyton Manning’s name remains in NFL headlines — whether he likes it or not.

Speculation continues over whether the Colts will select near-consensus No. 1 pick Andrew Luck should they hold the top choice in the draft, and how that decision would impact Manning’s tenure in Indy.

On Wednesday, the four-time Associated Press MVP quietly made some news of his own, beginning a throwing regimen as he continues the long rehabilitation road back from neck surgery.

Colts coach Jim Caldwell told reporters that his franchise quarterback has begun throwing, although there remains no timetable for his return to practice. Still, it’s an encouraging sign for Manning, the Colts and their fans as the team weighs its options for the 2012 draft.

“His rehab is, they’re increasing it, is ramping up a little here and there,” Caldwell said. “But in terms of today, no. There is no plan (for his return) at this point.”

Manning underwent his third neck surgery in a 19-month span on Sept. 8 and has not practiced since. Meantime, the Dan Orlovsky-led Colts are 0-13 and on the verge of clinching the No. 1 overall pick. They host Tennessee on Sunday.

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