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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 8, 2011
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Since: Jun 25, 2009
Posted on: September 8, 2011 8:44 pm

Peyton Manning undergoes surgery, out 2-3 months?

All of this is moot, since even at your arbitrary and made-up $100-200K, that's still a chunk of change Peyton shouldn't have to pay because the NFL owners wanted more money and locked the players out.

There are plenty of people in the United States that work difficult jobs for decades and retire with very little if any benefits at all. Unfortunately there are thousands of Americans that pay out of pocket for surgery every year.  I don't know if Peyton pays this bill or what it costs exactly.  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..... 

As for his injury that could potentially end his career, that's where I do sympathize with Peyton.  He's a terrific player and always been a pretty good person from what I've read and heard in the media.  Nobody deserves to go out like this so I hope he somehow comes back..

Since: Mar 8, 2008
Posted on: September 8, 2011 8:42 pm

Peyton Manning undergoes surgery, out 2-3 months?

Does anyone else remember a game against Houston 2 seasons ago where after the play was over and everyone was walking back towards the line of scrimmage and peyton just fell flat on his face and did not move for like 5 seconds? I think Mario Williwms was walking past when it happened and the replay showed that he never even touched peyton. I believe it was a Sunday Night game on NBC and Al Michaels and John Madden were the anouncers. They showed the replay maybe twice and no one ever commented on it again as far as I heard. I was wondering what happened because that was strange, now I think I know. Peyton has been my favorite player all time for about the last 10 years so I remember that very well. Just a side note but how many superbowls do you think Peyton would have won if he had played for the Patriots? I think more than Brady. I do not understand how people think Brady is better than Peyton. Brady has had better teams and the best coach ever in my opinion but Peyton is definitley a better quarterback and Leader.

Since: Nov 10, 2006
Posted on: September 8, 2011 8:40 pm

Peyton Manning undergoes surgery, out 2-3 months?

I'm guessing here, so take that into account.   

Season ended in January, wasn't bothering him horribly bad and took part in Pro-bowl.  Had some discomfort and wanted it addressed.  Talked to Drs and they gave him options 1.  Surgery  2.  Hope some PT takes care of it, if not we will do surgery and recovery will be roughly 3 months, you'll be ready for start of season.  

Manning opted for option 2.  Once rehab without surgery didn't seem to be relieving anything he then opted to have the surgery, thinking he would be back around August or so.   

Since: Nov 18, 2008
Posted on: September 8, 2011 8:36 pm

Peyton Manning undergoes surgery, out 2-3 months?

I hate to see Peyton's consecutive starts streak end. I just hope that this doesn't turn into a career ending injury for him. I hope he takes things slow and doesn't jeopardize his future health. Those pains get much worse when you hit your late 40's. Good luck Peyton.

Since: Jan 29, 2007
Posted on: September 8, 2011 8:12 pm

Peyton Manning undergoes surgery, out 2-3 months?

Being a Lions fan throughout the years of Millen Hell, I had to have a B team to root for.  The Colts were that team.  I am a Peyton Manning fan.  I think his career is over.  Somehow the vision of spinal fusion surgery combined with the vision of a 290 lb defensive end wrapping his arms around his head and pulling him to the ground with all of his weight don't add up for me.  As much as I hate to see his career end like this (I would have liked to have seen him win one more Superbowl), I think he's done.  I'm not a doctor.  I saw the line about two former players resuming their careers after having the same surgery...the secrecy around this whole thing though has wondering. 

Since: Aug 18, 2008
Posted on: September 8, 2011 8:00 pm

Kerry Collins sucks

Put a fork in the Colts.  They are done.  Personally I hope they lose every game just so they can get some good draft picks.  No reason to even play a game without Manning.  Just rest all your starters and give them their bonuses by default and just play the scrubs.  If they were going to try to win with a piece of crap off the scrap heap, they should've at least tried to get Favre.  That would've been entertaining.  Makes ya wonder if that so called "joke tweet" was not really a joke at this point considering they had to have known the extreme possibility of Peyton having surgery again.

Since: Aug 5, 2008
Posted on: September 8, 2011 7:59 pm

Peyton Manning undergoes surgery, out 2-3 months?

i may have missed this and if i did i apoligize, but why did he wait until may to have the first surgery? he could have had the first procedure done in february when the colts got eliminated.

Since: Aug 19, 2006
Posted on: September 8, 2011 7:38 pm

Peyton Manning undergoes surgery, out 2-3 months?

Head and Neck injuries have Retired many NFL Players, Steve Young, Michael Irvin, and etc. I know Manning don't want to go out because of injury but being realistic he should Retire. It was reported that he still has trouble with Tingling and Numbness in his throwing arm which is a very very bad sign. For him to take the field is one thing but going 100% in a real game is a whole nother other. I Wish Manning Well and I hope he makes the Best decision for his health not Football.

Since: Feb 25, 2009
Posted on: September 8, 2011 7:35 pm

Peyton Manning undergoes surgery, out 2-3 months?

  MIllions?? If you think it cocts millions to have neck sugery thn you are crazy!!
This sounds like it has been an ongoing problem for years...
1. Spell-check. Normally I don't harp on this, but your comments are awfully close to being unintelligible.
2. I said "lingering ailment", which you seem to have either willfully ignored or missed entirely.
3. But then the second quote box makes my point again, so the straw man you erected (to argue with instead of me) seems to have turned on you. In other words, you're starting to argue with yourself. See, if it's an "ongoing problem for years" (i.e. lingering ailment), then it's not just "a neck surgery".
4. All of this is moot, since even at your arbitrary and made-up $100-200K, that's still a chunk of change Peyton shouldn't have to pay because the NFL owners wanted more money and locked the players out.

As an MD I predict he won't return ever!
I don't mean for this to tear you down, but I sincerely hope that "as an MD", you never treat me. I don't trust "MD"s who can't spell simple words and lose track of a very simple argument. I don't know why you had to pull out this "MD" fertilizer, but it didn't work.

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