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Dad: Peyton Manning feeling 'better'

Peyton Manning is feeling "better" after his latest neck surgery, the quarterback's dad, Archie Manning, told ESPNNewYork.com's Ian O'Connor on Monday night.

But Archie Manning isn't sure if Peyton Manning will be able to play for the Indianapolis Colts this season.

"I do not know. I really don't," Archie Manning, who recently visited Peyton in Indianapolis, said when asked if he thought 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."

Archie Manning was at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J., on Monday to see his son Eli help the New York Giants defeat the St. Louis Rams.

Peyton Manning was at Colts practice on Monday. It was his first public appearance on the field since having neck surgery Sept. 8.

Fox Sports, citing an unnamed source, reported Sunday that Manning traveled to Europe for stem-cell treatment before his latest surgery. The procedure has not yet been approved for use in the United States.

Colts vice chairman Bill Polian and Tom Condon, Manning's agent, both declined to comment about the report following Sunday's 27-19 loss to Cleveland. On Monday, Manning's surgeons followed suit and Caldwell reiterated that the team would not provide any additional details about Manning's progress.

Archie Manning said, "I don't know anything about it," when asked about the procedure reported by Fox Sports.

Manning is expected to miss at least two months after having an anterior fusion to treat a nerve injury that was causing weakness in his triceps. The procedure normally involves making an incision in the front of the neck, removing soft disk tissue between the vertebrae and fusing the bones together with a graft. The goal is to ease pain or address a disk problem.

Archie Manning said his son is "searching for what he's going to do in the next two months."

"He wants to be around to help the Colts but he doesn't want to overload. He doesn't want to be out of place," he said.

Peyton Manning had a prior surgery May 23, but that did not fix the problem.

"He's convalescing from the surgery and that will take a little while yet, and then at some point, the doctors will bring him back and assess his situation," Polian said on his weekly Monday night radio show. "We're not sure when that will take place. He's up and around, I can tell you that. But it is surgery, and there is a period of time where it takes its toll on you, and that's where he's at right now."

Manning's neck injury ended his streak of 227 consecutive starts, including the playoffs, and without him, the Colts have not been the same.

They're off to their first 0-2 start since 1998, Manning's rookie season, and have scored only two touchdowns in eight quarters.

Information from ESPNNewYork.com columnist Ian O'Connor and The Associated Press was used in this report.