(CBS) After enduring his ninth one-and-done in 14 playoffs last month, the future of Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning was in doubt. However, reports indicate Manning may be returning to action this fall.

The 17-year NFL veteran told the Broncos he’s mentally and physically ready to play in 2015, per a report from ESPN’s Chris Mortensen.

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Manning sought out a comprehensive medical evaluation from renowned trainer Mackie Shilstone who gave the quarterback a strong physical assessment. Manning struggled with a thigh injury down the stretch of the regular season and into the postseason.

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Steps remain to get full clearance for the upcoming season and the two sides hope to come to a conclusion shortly.

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If he decides to play, Manning will earn $21.5 million this season, a big sum for a team whose two best offensive weapons — wide receiver Demaryius Thomas and tight end Julius Thomas – are set to become free agents.