Reports are coming in that Peyton Manning, quarterback for the Indianapolis Colts, underwent neck surgery today for the third time in 19 months and, due to the nature of the surgery, it looks like he’ll be out for upwards of three months, if not longer.
It isn’t known for sure just how long Manning will be out, but he will, as previously reported, be missing the Colts’ first game in Houston this Sunday. It may not be of much consolation to Colts fans, but a statement from the Colts suggests that the surgery went smoothly, but the statement also echoed uncertainty as to when Manning will return.
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.
Things haven’t been going so well for Manning over the past several months. He was locked out of working out with Colts trainers while he recovered from a surgery to repair a nerve back in May. He was also unable to train with the team until August 39, which reportedly left Manning with a sore back after only one week of training.
Kerry Collins is expected to take Manning’s place during the Colts’ debut game this Sunday.