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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: Apr 28, 2008
Posted on: September 8, 2011 5:42 pm

Peyton Manning undergoes surgery, out 2-3 months?

 Of course he has money, and a procedure had been done, he was in the rehabilitation stage. It just didn't heal as thought and he was being treated by normal physicians in rehibilitation centers for normal folks like us, not athletes. The care is different and not as intense. Regarding the comment about the CBA, why would you pay out of the pocket for care? I would not bend over backwards for a Company that decided to lock me out and spend my money for care that should be provided for by my employer. Would you if you were in that position? Would you spend the money for COBRA? NO! You would linger through until your benefits resume with a new CBA. Why is a professional athlete any different than what you would also do?

Since: May 4, 2011
Posted on: September 8, 2011 5:31 pm

Peyton Manning undergoes surgery, out 2-3 months?

Is this really breaking news? I am really sick of hearing about this. A whole plane full of hockey players died yesterday, yet all we can talk about is this?

Since: Oct 2, 2006
Posted on: September 8, 2011 5:27 pm

Peyton Manning undergoes surgery, out 2-3 months?

As a Pats fan, I am very sad to see this happen to one of the games best QBs and true gentlemen. May the good Lord grant you peace and a fast recovery Peyton. I hope you are back as good as new next year.

Since: Jul 21, 2010
Posted on: September 8, 2011 5:15 pm

Peyton Manning undergoes surgery, out 2-3 months?

 i dont know what you meant by your comment. doesnt manning have money already. why does the cba matter in terms of his neck injury? hes rich enough as is to pay his own specialist. he dont need NO stinking cba to stop him from getting things done.

Since: Aug 7, 2008
Posted on: September 8, 2011 5:08 pm

Peyton Manning undergoes surgery, out 2-3 months?

Once again I am correct on predicting that Manning will be out for the remainder of the season. Of course I also predicted that Stephen Strasburg's arm would off on his first start back from yet another arm injury. No worries. I have a strong suspicion that his arm will indeed flare up again on his next start (Ex. Johann Santana, Francisco Liriano).

I wish I could get paid for my sports predictions. I sure could use the money. Ok, here's a couple of sports predictions. The last four teams that are in the playoffs (one more step before playing in the SB) are......

As well as the top 5 Heisman candidates (not in any particular order):

So there you have it. Take my picks with a grain of salt. And remember I only provided this information for entertainment purposes. I cannot be held liable for what you might or might not have done with the information I gave. Best of luck. Woohoo! the NFL season starts this weekend. I wonder if Jim Harbaugh is able to continue his pawnage of Pete Carroll or will Carroll have finally figured out how not to lose to Harbaugh. These will be the top two teams in the division. The Rams and Cardinals are given far too much credit for what they have done in the preseason...which is what exactly? I mean Kevin Kolb was Vick's backup. If Kolb wasn't good enough to start for the Eagles then why would he be viewed as a savior for the Cardinals? Kevin Kolb ---> The next Ryan Leaf. As for Sam Bradford...the guy is a nice guy, but how does one continue to thrive without any quality receivers or an adequate offensive line? Don't get me started on their aging running back.  

Since: Mar 25, 2011
Posted on: September 8, 2011 4:53 pm

Peyton Manning undergoes surgery, out 2-3 months?

Everyone can resy assured this will not end his career.  In the story above they said two Colts players have had the same surgery and are back playing now.  I also heard on the radio about several NFL players have had the same surgery and came back to play for more than a couple of years.  He may not be the same especially if he has to sit out the whole season.  He will be back and even if he's not the same he will still be better than majority of the starting QB's in the league.  Colts fans, have faith in Collins.  He's not that horrible and Clark said he has done great learning the offense.  Colts will win more than 2 games as some posters stated earlier.  This might be a good chance for this team to step up and prove they can play without their leader.  Sure, they won't be a SB contender, but they can still win some games and have a decent season.  As far as getting Andrew Luck next year, I just don't see that unless they decide Manning is done for good.  I still don't think the Colts will have a high enough pick to get him anyway.  Go Colts, stay strong and prove that you can play some football this season!

Since: Oct 19, 2007
Posted on: September 8, 2011 4:50 pm

Peyton Manning undergoes surgery, out 2-3 months?

This would have been useful information BEFORE my draft !!! 1 week was no big deal, but 3 months??? FML

Since: Dec 2, 2009
Posted on: September 8, 2011 4:49 pm

Peyton Manning undergoes surgery, out 2-3 months?

I have never been a Peyton Manning fan per se, but I do respect and appreciate his superior ability as an NFL QB. 

Maybe it's better for HIM, his life, if he just cans this year.  Don't try to come back.  Only takes one James Harrison pile driver and the man risks paralysis or worse.  He's made his money, probaby has managed it well and probably shouldn't risk his health.  If a year goes by and all involved think its a manageable risk, fine come back for the 2012-2013 season. 

Don't you imagine a comeback has lot has to do with how the Colts are doing in 2-3 months, if close to the playoffs then Peyton may push the issue, no chance for the playoffs, then why risk it?  We'll see.  Either way I wish the best for Peyton the man, and the Mannings as a family.

Since: Mar 21, 2010
Posted on: September 8, 2011 4:41 pm

Peyton Manning undergoes surgery, out 2-3 months?

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.

Many people may disagree with me, but Peyton Manning is done for the year. Furthermore, the Colts organization need to stop it with their games where they deny what has been accurate spot on reporting by certain people in the media. Owner Jim Irsay last night went as far as to admantly refute that Peyton even had this third surgery last night and now all of a sudden it is being termed "breaking news".

Peyton is done for the 2011 season. I just hope that this injury is not an injury that ends what has been and is without a shadow of a doubt a sure-fire first ballot Hall-of-Fame career.

Since: Nov 13, 2009
Posted on: September 8, 2011 4:40 pm

Peyton Manning undergoes surgery, out 2-3 months?

Manning's career is in jeopardy.  I think today's news marks the beginning of the end to a remarkable career.  I loved seeing PM dominate the game like few have ever done.  It's sad to see this happen to him.  I hope for a full recovery, but I just don't believe we'll see the once dominace form of Manning ever again.  The neck problem he's having is serious.  Manning needs to think about life after football and not risk permanently damaging
his neck.   

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