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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: Sep 28, 2007
Posted on: September 9, 2011 8:53 am

Peyton Manning undergoes surgery, out 2-3 months?

Hillarious...It's gotta be all that film watching, game planning, learning audible deception that caused his head to swell...LOL

Since: Apr 4, 2008
Posted on: September 9, 2011 8:50 am

Peyton Manning undergoes surgery, out 2-3 months?

Thanks for sharing Brews&Bears.  Now climb back into the petrie dish in which you were formed.  I can see you hating the player, but Peyton the person has been very good for the NFL.  He's a model for hard work and good sportsmanship.  You have to be an idiot to not appreciate the person Peyton Manning is.  I suppose you like you some thug ballers, huh?  Give you some more Pacman, Tank Williams, T.O....yeah dat's what you like.  We should have all our kids grow-up to be like dem.  Moron.

Since: Nov 26, 2008
Posted on: September 9, 2011 8:45 am
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Since: Mar 18, 2010
Posted on: September 9, 2011 8:40 am

Peyton Manning undergoes surgery, out 2-3 months?

Wow.  This really hurts the Colts.  Good luck with the whole Kerry Collins thing.  Yeesh.

Since: Sep 30, 2006
Posted on: September 9, 2011 8:27 am

Peyton Manning undergoes surgery, out 2-3 months?

Cervical fusion...I work in healthcare and can confidently say he will not be coming back this year ..if ever...

basically they are connecting his neck back to his spine...good luck and if he's smart...RETIRE now...

Since: May 21, 2007
Posted on: September 9, 2011 8:24 am

Peyton Manning undergoes surgery, out 2-3 months?

This means pick up manning on your fantasy team probably around week 9 or 10 and youll have peyton for the playoffs, cause i find it hard to believe someone will keep a useless player on their bench for so long.

Since: Apr 17, 2007
Posted on: September 9, 2011 7:28 am

Peyton Manning undergoes surgery, out 2-3 months?

35 years old, 3 neck surgeries in 19 months, a bank account that requires it's own zip code=retirement.  Enjoyed watchin, have a nice day.

Since: Jun 22, 2011
Posted on: September 9, 2011 7:27 am

Peyton Manning undergoes surgery, out 2-3 months?

No Manning = Good for NFL

Is it me or does Collins look like he's 68 years old in that picture!!!

Since: Feb 11, 2009
Posted on: September 9, 2011 4:02 am

Peyton Manning undergoes surgery, out 2-3 months?

Life happens.  It doesn't surprise me that Manning and the Colts would make the extra effort to keep this thing private.  The 24/7 newscycle makes it virtually impossible these days for celebrities of any kind, including athletes, to go about real life without the media sending out reports here. there, and everywhere about they are doing.  I'm no fan of Manning, but I certainly understand his need to be able to consult with as many medical personnel as possible to find the best options for his situation.  This could not be done with the media there to publish every stop/phone call he made along the way.  Again, life happens, even for the top tier of the NFL.  And both fans and the media need to let it happen.   

Since: Feb 25, 2009
Posted on: September 9, 2011 3:56 am

Peyton Manning undergoes surgery, out 2-3 months?

 What I do know is the guy when you include football and endorsements has grossed close to a couple hundred million dollars in his career so far.  I think his last signing bonus alone was 20 million dollars and I believe he got a 30 million dollar signing bonus for his most recent contract before that.  Nothing you say will make me feel sorry for Peyton Manning's financial situation.....
I never had any intention of "making you feel sorry for" his financial situation.

It was my intention to reject the inherently hypocriticial argument that he's putting his team through some kind of unjust hardship. And much like your firm denial, I will also state that there is nothing you can say that will convince me that Peyton Manning should pay out of his own pocket for expenses he incurred in the "line of duty" while the organization to which he belongs is supposed to have health insurance.

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