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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 18, 2011
Posted on: September 8, 2011 3:35 pm

Report: Peyton undergoes surgery, out 2-3 months

They have to get the info out earlier for Fantasy Leaguers? Oh yeh, im sure that was a priority.

Manning: I have to get out to every doctor to see if i can get a cure for this thing!
Colts Owner: But Peyton, what about the fantasy league owners. THEY HAVE A RIGHT TO KNOW WHATS GOING ON GODDAMN IT! 

Since: Nov 25, 2009
Posted on: September 8, 2011 3:34 pm

Report: Peyton undergoes surgery, out 2-3 months

Who I feel bad for:
  • Peyton Manning
  • the Colts
  • their fans
  • football fans in general who admire good play

Who I don't feel bad for:
  • fantasy owners (sorry) 

Since: Mar 5, 2008
Posted on: September 8, 2011 3:31 pm

Report: Peyton undergoes surgery, out 2-3 months

Can't be good for Addai.....Get used to hearing the phrase "The defense is playing 8-9 in the box!!"

Since: Aug 17, 2006
Posted on: September 8, 2011 3:29 pm

Peyton undergoes surgery, out 2-3 months

Maybe we can get Andrew Luck now!!! That's all I can say positively as a Colts fan. Good luck guys.

Since: Aug 21, 2006
Posted on: September 8, 2011 3:21 pm

Report: Peyton undergoes surgery, out 2-3 months

Oh and I'm not sure how this effects Addai...He's my bench RB....IS THIS GOOD OR BAD FOR ADDAI IN A FANTASY FOOT BALL PERPECTIVE? PLEASE DISCUSS

Since: Sep 8, 2011
Posted on: September 8, 2011 3:19 pm

Report: Peyton undergoes surgery, out 2-3 months

You gotta be kidding me!  This is driving me and all of the other people who drafted Manning in fantasy football crazy!  They gotta do a better job with getting the information out earlier.  Colt's season riding on a 40 year old washed up piece!  Reggie Wayne was right!  Who is going to be throwing me the ball???  Hopefully Maning can come back and save the day during the fantasy playoffs! 

Since: Aug 21, 2006
Posted on: September 8, 2011 3:19 pm

Report: Peyton undergoes surgery, out 2-3 months

Normally i could care less but manning is a great guy and truly plays w/  all his heart so I know he's more than devastated about missing a season.  Bottom line, the guy just loves to play

Since: May 21, 2009
Posted on: September 8, 2011 3:19 pm

Report: Peyton undergoes surgery, out 2-3 months

glad I didnt draft him.

Since: Feb 2, 2009
Posted on: September 8, 2011 3:12 pm

Report: Peyton undergoes surgery, out 2-3 months

holy balls

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