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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: Oct 25, 2007
Posted on: September 8, 2011 4:38 pm

Peyton Manning undergoes surgery, out 2-3 months?

I'm curious as to how much of his recent 23 million dollar a year extension is guaranteed? Like another poster said, there is more than a good chance that this ends his career, something about not being able to turn your head to look for on-coming defensive lineman has a way of endangering your life, not to mention your career. The Colts are in a world of trouble and will quickly see that Peyton's MVP awards are actually understatements of his value to Indianapolis.

Since: Apr 28, 2008
Posted on: September 8, 2011 4:28 pm

Peyton Manning undergoes surgery, out 2-3 months?

 Did you ever think that during a lock out, when you do not have a collective bargaining agreement,  you do not collect wages or benefits?

Since: May 31, 2007
Posted on: September 8, 2011 4:25 pm

Peyton Manning undergoes surgery, out 2-3 months?

And now, I introduce to all you Colts fans, DAVID GARRARD...
I doubt they'll want to bring in another vet and teach him the offense when they've already done so with Collins.  The only way they'd be likely to go for Garrard is if Collins got hurt, and I imagine Garrard will be off the market before that happens (unless Houston wipes Collins out in week 1).

There's basically a few scenarios:

1) Collins plays until Manning is back, and we end up wherever that takes us.
2) Collins gets hurt, and we toss Painter out there to limp out the difference (probably with someone like Orlovsky or Hartline as backup)
3) We get eliminated from playoff contention before Manning is ready, they put him on IR rather than risk him on meaningless games, and they let whomever is starting play out the rest of the season.

If the guys we have can't win, at least maybe we'll be in a decent position to pick Manning's successor next Spring.  Because I think everyone under the sun knows Painter isn't it.

Since: Jul 21, 2010
Posted on: September 8, 2011 4:25 pm

Peyton Manning undergoes surgery, out 2-3 months?

didnt he have the whole offseason plus the lockout to have this taken cared of? why wait till now and put your team into a bind... i mean i have no clue to exactly when the injury happened but sure it didnt just pop up all of a sudden. sheez didnt the colts sign him to an extension with loads of guaranteed money. seems like the only thing the colts got in return was guarantee 3months or maybe more that hell be sidelined. well heres hoping he makes a full recovery.

Since: Oct 8, 2008
Posted on: September 8, 2011 4:21 pm

Peyton Manning undergoes surgery, out 2-3 months?

He's done.  First, there is no way he returns in 2-3 months.  I work in a clinic as a Physical Therapist that sees spinal patients.  Any of my patients that undergo a fusion take at least 6 months for FULL bone healing.  The Colts would be stupid to rush him back in half that time.  On another note, with that fusion taking place so high up, his rotational movement is almost hindered and will suffer with issues getting his throwing arm up to where it needs to be.  Lastly, I would be worried with the 300+ lb players coming to kill me every time I touch the ball and ruin this fusion.

Payton maybe done and it is time for the Colts to look at a new QB because this may not allow him to come back.  Better yet, if he does return, he won't be the same player he was...Sad to see such a great player and class act have to possibly leave the game like this.

Best to his recovery

Since: Mar 9, 2008
Posted on: September 8, 2011 4:20 pm
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Since: Dec 7, 2006
Posted on: September 8, 2011 4:16 pm

Peyton Manning undergoes surgery, out 2-3 months?

What a real shame.  I am a Giants fan, but I am a Peyton Manning fan.  I think he is the best QB of this generation (even better than Favre) becuase of the impact he has on an offense.  He is an offensive coordinator on top of being a QB and changes plays constantly on the line just by being able to read defenses.  I have never seen an in-game manager at the position.  They are lucky they have signed a QB with playoff and Super Bowl experience in Collins, but he will not come anywhere close to filling Manning's shoes.  It would be a success if they made the playoffs this year without him because he is what makes this offense so good.  Collins will be able to get it to Clark and Wayne, but Manning made average receivers look really solid.  They are lucky they play in the AFC South which is a weak division to begin with and not in the North or East.

Since: Dec 29, 2006
Posted on: September 8, 2011 4:14 pm

Peyton Manning undergoes surgery, out 2-3 months?

A little late there Abdul.....

Since: Jun 26, 2009
Posted on: September 8, 2011 4:14 pm

Peyton Manning undergoes surgery, out 2-3 months?

All i can say is WOW!!! I hope he somehow has a speedy recovery and can at least play half the season. But, then again, if the Colts are doing very bad then they may not even play Manning even when he recovers. It will be interesting to see how Collins does while Manning is out. The Texans have really good shot at taking the AFC South now. Indy better hope Collins is a very quick study and has the playbook down for the game this weekend, because it just got alot more important for both teams. If Peyton was only going to miss 1 or 2 games a loss to Houston wouldnt be as bad as it will be with him out for possibly the entire season. I think the Colts could still be competitive with Collins, he still has it in him to pull out a good season IMO, but he has to know the playbook. Good luck to you Peyton, I hope we have not seen the last of you, football in general is better with Manning healthy and torching defenses.

Since: Aug 18, 2006
Posted on: September 8, 2011 4:13 pm

Peyton Manning undergoes surgery, out 2-3 months?

So much for my fantasy team!  And I picked him up in 5th round.

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