- Associated Press - Thursday, November 3, 2011

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - Peyton Manning would like to play this season if he can get healthy enough.

In an impromptu locker room appearance Thursday, the Colts quarterback told reporters the healing process from his neck surgery Sept. 8 is “going slow” and that he had some of the same issues with the nerve that had caused weakness in his throwing arm. He says he is still waiting for his spinal fusion to fully heal.

The four-time league MVP has not played in a game since the surgery. Doctors not involved with the procedure say it would likely take two to three months before Manning could return to practice.

The Colts (0-8) have said they want Manning on the active roster so he can practice in December.

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