Fox expects Manning to be even healthier

INDIANAPOLIS -- Peyton Manning clearly proved he was able to come back from the four neck surgeries that kept him out of the 2011 season, leading Denver to a 13-3 record, being named the NFL Comeback Player of the Year, and finishing as the runner-up for the league MVP.

The injury question has been answered. Still, Denver coach John Fox is excited that Manning will do something this year that he didn’t last year --- have a full offseason.

“The reality is that it is kind of a nerve situation and it takes a while for nerves to grow,” Fox said. “He’s getting better every day. I think he’ll be, health-wise, even better this year.”

While Manning should have a productive offseason, that isn’t the case with all Denver players.

Starting offensive lineman Ryan Clady, Chris Kuper and J.D. Walton will miss all or most of the offseason program. All three should be ready for training camp. Fox said he isn’t overly worried about it, because there is depth on the line for the offseason workouts.