Colts' Manning hopes to start throwing soon

By MICHAEL MAROT | December 2, 2011 | 1:16 PM EST

Indianapolis Colts quarterback Peyton Manning, right, meets with former Indianapolis Colts wide receiver Marvin Harrison and his son Marvin Harrison Jr., before an NFL football game between the Indianapolis Colts and the Carolina Panthers in Indianapolis, Sunday, Nov. 27, 2011. Harrison is to be inducted into the team's Ring of Honor at halftime of the game. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Peyton Manning hopes to be throwing footballs again soon.

The four-time league MVP gave reporters his latest medical update Friday, saying his workouts will increase and that the next phase of rehabilitation process will include throwing the ball.

That was just before he headed back to the weight room to lift.

Manning has still not been cleared to practice with his teammates. He hasn't practiced since Sept. 8 when he had his latest surgery to repair a damage nerve that was causing weakness in his throwing arm.

Manning sounds encouraged by the latest news, saying the recovery is going as well as expected though there is no timetable for his return.