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Peyton Manning undergoes surgery, out 2-3 months?

Posted on: September 8, 2011 3:07 pm
Edited on: September 9, 2011 5:52 am
Posted by Will Brinson

Peyton Manning underwent a neck surgery known as cervical fusion on Thursday and will miss two to three months while he recovers. If that reported timeline is accurate, it's lines up perfectly, as we predicted earlier, with Mike Freeman's report that the Colts were prepping to lose Manning for half a season.

Of course, "two to three months" is all relative.

If it's two, that's half a season and you can see why Freeman's sources were concerned with that number. If it's three months, well, that's three-fourths of the season and any sort of delay in the recovery process would almost certainly put Manning out for the season.

However, though this is Manning's third surgery in the past 19 months, the team will keep him on the active roster, the Colts said.

Don't anticipate Indy confirming any timeline for Peyton's return, though. In fact, they confirmed that they will not be confirming that, although the team did acknowledge the surgery.

"As previously stated on Monday, Sept. 5th, Peyton Manning has undergone further testing and consultation with several specialists regarding his rehabilitation. The results of these tests and the consensus of the consultations was that further surgery was warranted," the Colts said in a statement released by the team. "Peyton has undergone this surgery today by having a single level anterior fusion. The surgery was un-eventful.

"This procedure is performed regularly throughout the country on persons from all walks of life, including professional football players. Two former Colts players had this same procedure last winter and have fully resumed their careers. Rehabilitation from such surgery is typically an involved process. Therefore, there will be no estimation of a return date at this time. We will keep Peyton on the active roster until we have a clearer picture of his recovery process."

The Manning surgery was originally reported by ESPN's Chris Mortensen, who adds that "there is no word whether he'll be put on [injured reserve]." Mortensen also spoke with Archie Manning, the Colts quarterback's father.

"I think he's OK, probably because there's a little finality to this deal in terms of playing," Archie said. "He's been on the clock since May. He didn't make it. Obviously, it's a big letdown, but he can relax a little bit compared to the intensity of everything he has done trying to rehab."

Peyton's Progress

Will Carroll of Sports Illustrated paints an even bleaker picture, noting that "if reports of cervical fusion are correct, this is potentially career ending." Carroll also notes that "two to three months is unbelievably aggressive for [this] procedure."

For those wondering why the timeline for Manning has been so vague this week, Michael Lombardi of the NFL Network reports that Peyton "has traveled all over the U.S. trying to find a solution for his cervical problem, the latest recommendation resulted in surgery today."

If that's the case, it certainly makes sense that, as we said earlier today, no one with the Colts actually knew what the deal with Manning was, because he was out there trying to find out what -- if any -- options were available for him from other medical professionals.

The secrecy that's surrounded this entire process has been baffling, almost to the point where it's hard to fathom how we got here. So private, in fact, that even Peyton's older brother Cooper wasn't aware of what was going on with the quarterback's injury.

"[Peyton] values his privacy even within a very tight family like we have," Cooper told ESPN. "We've exchanged some short texts and I've given him his space. He's had a lot going on."

Cooper's not the only one who has sounded out of the know when it comes to Peyton's surgery -- Jim Caldwell didn't have much of an answer on Thursday when reporters inquired about a status update on Manning, shortly before news broke of the surgery.

Of course, Caldwell now has a much bigger concern: can the Colts win without Peyton. Our own Pete Prisco would tell you the Colts are "done" and he has a valid point about Peyton's ability to cover up other problems on the roster. Mike Freeman argues that we shouldn't "kill the Colts yet" because Kerry Collins is at least "not horrible."

And Collins isn't horrible. But he's not Peyton Manning. Which is the harsh reality the Colts will face -- for the first time since 1998 -- come Sunday.

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Since: Aug 24, 2006
Posted on: September 8, 2011 3:50 pm

Peyton Manning undergoes surgery, out 2-3 months?

Also, Brady and Manning have incredible respect for each other. Whoever thinks Brady would find humor or joy in this is sadly mistaken.

Since: Aug 24, 2006
Posted on: September 8, 2011 3:49 pm

Peyton Manning undergoes surgery, out 2-3 months?

I guess we can expect the Pats-Colts game to be bumped from NBC primetime now.

Don't like Manning the player, but I respect the heck out of him. The rivalry obviously wouldn't be the same without him. Here's hoping to a quick recovery.

Max Power
Since: Aug 2, 2011
Posted on: September 8, 2011 3:49 pm
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Since: Aug 19, 2006
Posted on: September 8, 2011 3:48 pm

Peyton Manning undergoes surgery, out 2-3 months?

 Why would Tom Brady be laughing, you're an idiot.

Since: Mar 10, 2010
Posted on: September 8, 2011 3:48 pm

Peyton Manning undergoes surgery, out 2-3 months?

LOCK THREAD ! FIDDICH ! Football is back and this thread should really heat up ! 

TEXANS will be all over this COLTS team. 


at the print of this post the line was ( - 8 1/2 ) but it will go up at Game Time 

Texans 35 Colts 16 

Its sad but Peyton is the MVP that really defines the word  MVP : MOST VALUABLE E PLAYER 

for all you Brady guys ( I just coughed Matt Cassell ) 

The only headline that will arise from this game will be WOW how important is " that GUY " 

excuses .... Arian Foster wont play .  Kerry Collins . Rivalry game . Blah Blah Blah . 

Its a mis - match . its two teams going in different directions .  Texans are prepared... home .. matured and now all  grown up and ready to execute. 

The Defense under Wade Phillips  will be much improved. no body gives this guy any credit he has won EVERYWHERE he went with Defense. He may be a lousy Headcoach .. But defensively he can coach them up ( Bills ) Broncos ) both had stellar Defenses during his regime . Even those Cowboys  had a top 5 defense while he was the DEF coordinator  : 

Wade Phillip's Headcoach days are over . ( like like Dick Lebeau , Dom Capers, Gregg Williams ) coaches who gave the head coach a shot but belong coaching up the DEFENSE :  HE will excel and get the most out of those all those top draft picks the Texans have made on Defense . Cushing will become the Next Defensive player of the year and Mario Williams will now see one and one shots at the QB . JJ Watt has such a non stop motor he will just keep making plays .  

Texans have young studs on both sides of the ball .. 

Andre Johnson Ben Tate Eric Winston : +++ on Offense

Brian Cushing Mario Williams JJ Watt : +++ on Defense  

this will be the Houston Texans coming out party . WEEK 1 

jump on the it :  lay the number = Cash in on Monday 

I will repost this Sunday morning in case we have some late arrivals .  

Since: Mar 10, 2010
Posted on: September 8, 2011 3:48 pm

Peyton Manning undergoes surgery, out 2-3 months?

Brady Laughing why ? ( cough ) Matt Casell 

Max Power
Since: Aug 2, 2011
Posted on: September 8, 2011 3:46 pm
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Since: Nov 8, 2010
Posted on: September 8, 2011 3:45 pm

Report: Peyton undergoes surgery, out 2-3 months

Is this the beginning of the end? I doubt he'll play more than 4 games, especially not if the Colts are doing really badly, so assume he misses most or all of this season: next year he'll be 36 with a year's worth of rust on him. Will he be the same again? Will he even play again? I think he will, but no more than 2 years after this.

Since: Feb 5, 2007
Posted on: September 8, 2011 3:40 pm

Report: Peyton undergoes surgery, out 2-3 months

Agree with Heels. I am troubled to see that half the response to the news that one of the best QBs of ours or any generation just had potetially career threatening surgery is about how it affects fantasy. I'm a huge fantasy player, but I am still a bigger fan of the game and the well-being of its players. 

Since: Jan 24, 2007
Posted on: September 8, 2011 3:35 pm

Hello Andrew Luck!

Manning will be out for the season-NO sense to bring him back when Colts have at most 2 wins. Colts win Andrew Luck lottery-Collins and Painter will be lucky to win 2 games-Carolina and Cincinnati maybe,all others will be losses. Manning kept defense off the field-now defense will be exposed and exploited! Who will score 40 on the Colts and how many times?

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