Peyton Manning underwent surgery to correct a bulging disc in his neck two months ago, and ESPN’s Chris Mortensen reports the Colts QB is taking it easy given he’s unable to work his trusted physical therapist given the NFL lockout.

“The lockout didn’t allow me to work my (Colts) therapist, Erin Barill, and I’m just not comfortable taking any chances with this thing,” Manning said. “Erin knows me. He’s rehabbed me through two other surgeries (neck and knee) and I think most people understand that once you build up a trust with your therapist, that’s the guy you want and need to work with.”

Manning said he had “no idea” when he will be able to participate in training camp until he gets an assessment from Barill. He has been rehabbing with other therapists.

Unmentioned by Sir Mort is Manning’s legendary inability to forge a working relationship with former Tennessee athletic department trainer Jamie Ann Naughright.