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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: Nov 1, 2010
Posted on: September 9, 2011 3:22 am

Peyton Manning undergoes surgery, out 2-3 months?

If Manning truly wants to finish his career on top, he needs to forget about this season. This is neck... and nerves... we are talking about. This is really serious. As much as I hate him beating my Titans... I want to see him get beat on the field fair and square... and not being robbed by a possible career ending injury.

Since: Dec 13, 2007
Posted on: September 9, 2011 3:19 am

Peyton Manning undergoes surgery, out 2-3 months?

I hope this isn't a Sterling Sharpe situation.

Since: Jan 12, 2009
Posted on: September 9, 2011 2:10 am

Peyton Manning undergoes surgery, out 2-3 months?

I am expecting Manning to be out for the season.  This type of injury is going to take some time to  heal and he is not going to be able to twist his neck for some time.  It is going to change  his game and he will need time to adjust.   

No Manning till next year! 

Since: May 6, 2010
Posted on: September 9, 2011 2:03 am

Peyton Manning undergoes surgery, out 2-3 months?

 I'm 90% confident that this is what will happen:

Peyton will be ready to come back around week 10, but the Colts will have only 1 or 2 wins at the time and will decide it's not worth the risk of reinjury to win some meaningless games at the end of the year and shut him down (whether he likes it or not).  This will give Peyton more time to heal and get stronger and he will be elite once again in 2012.

Shutting him down will have little to nothing to do with "tanking for draft picks" like some are suggesting... it will be because there is no point in risking reinjury in meaningless games.

Since: Mar 8, 2008
Posted on: September 9, 2011 12:39 am

Peyton Manning undergoes surgery, out 2-3 months?

Don't be an idiot, deathsquadinc. Manning would never agree to such a scenario...why would he sit a year, his remaining years being so precious now, so the Colts could bottom out and draft his replacement? And...Andrew Luck may get a devastating injury this year. Or...he simply may not make it in the league. Highly touted collegians have failed before. No...dumb hypothesis.

Since: Jun 1, 2011
Posted on: September 9, 2011 12:32 am

Peyton Manning undergoes surgery, out 2-3 months?

Anybody else get the felling that this is ALL BS and the Colts are trying to get Andrew Luck? Think about it. Manning is the going to retire soon, and EVERYBODY outside of Indy will forget they have a team...So, let Manning sit the season, draft Luck, let him sit behind Manning for 2-3 years and then Luck get to start. It makes perfect sense. This is a 2 or 3 win team without Manning. 

Since: Jul 31, 2008
Posted on: September 8, 2011 11:47 pm

Peyton Manning undergoes surgery, out 2-3 months?

Kerry Collins is not going to save the Colts season unless you believe in miracles. If the Colts are smart they will just write off Manning this year, give him all the time he needs and hope he is able to play next year. That being said, how about a trade for Carson Palmer? He would certainly be an upgrade over Collins. Make it a 1 or 2 year deal with the knowledge he can walk as a free agent or stick around as Mannings back up for a couple of years and take over once Manning retires or is forced to quit. Problem solved. Hell Id take Favre over Collins. I dont there is much else out there. Too bad Orton isnt still available. I dont think Garrard would be muc worse than Collins either.

Since: May 4, 2008
Posted on: September 8, 2011 10:56 pm

Peyton Manning undergoes surgery, out 2-3 months?

Had the back surgery, returned to firefighting job in three months, with the numbness still there at times. When you get tired, or own your feet for long periods of time is the worst. Now as a football coach in high school, it hurts like sh-t at times. just have to suck it up and go. I'm sure Peyton can do this, he is a super good man from my meeting of him at Fulmer's football camp for coaches.

Since: Aug 18, 2006
Posted on: September 8, 2011 10:18 pm

Peyton Manning undergoes surgery, out 2-3 months?

From the first time I heard the Colts front office say they were waiting for Peyton's nerves to regenerate and they weren't sure when it would happen, but they were hoping it would be soon, I knew Peyton was in trouble.  I hate to tell them this, but nerve regenerates very little, if at all.  I would say it is 80/20 he has played his last game, and the only reason I give him a 20% chance of playing again is because of his desire.  Sorry Colts fans, this has to be terrible for you.

Since: Jul 27, 2011
Posted on: September 8, 2011 10:13 pm

Perspective on Peyton's Surgery

Pretty sad story--especially when we now know the wandering and investigating Peyton was doing, not knowing how his neck really was.  If he really DOES have numbness and tingling, that is indeed serious.  I'm a recovered back patient--which makes me expert on nothing--but I do know what those sensations say about nerves, muscle, and the function of arms & legs.  The fusion could--but MUST--resolve that or he really couldn't throw again.  On a related note, my dad had the same neck surgery, but in his mid-50s and not as a healthy buck of a quarterback.  It ended up being remarkably unremarkable, and Dad has had zero problems since.  But he never played quarterback. Finally, how many of you recall Joe Montana's off-season back (disc) surgery in the 80s?  He came right back and played, even as an older QB.  So, yeah, Peyton could come back, but there definitely are crucial details he won't know for weeks as things like numbness and tingling (if real) give way to recovery--or not.  And as someone else wrote, 2-3 months would be an aggressive recovery.  After my own surgery, it's hard to imagine even Manning being truly cleared to play, let alone NFL-ready, by sometime around December 1.  Though I like the Colts, the best scenario might be that they're long gone from the playoffs and there's no temptation to trot him out as a damaged savior.  Give him a year of rigorous therapy and training.  Be sure he's not only football ready, but prepared for the much longer life that follows his career. I imagine his wife and family would second that.

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