Peyton Manning out “awhile” aka 2-3 months MINIMUM

ESPN – Indianapolis Colts quarterback Peyton Manning had further neck surgery Thursday, sources familiar with the situation said.

Manning decided to have the surgery, the sources said, after consultation with a half-dozen doctors who reached a consensus that the most viable option would be a one-level cervical neck fusion in the wake of his May 23 surgery to repair a bulging disk. It’s unclear whether Manning would be able to return to play this season.

Colts owner Jim Irsay suggested via his Twitter account an announcement is forthcoming. On Wednesday night, Irsay tweeted: “Peyton didn’t have a medical procedure last sunday, we’ll have more info 2 add clarity 2 situation soon.” On Thursday, Irsay tweeted: “NFL Season opens 2nite! We had a good practice yesterday and r guys r fired up 4 the season.#18’s (Manning’s number) out for awhile,but compete,we will/BELIEVE.” And Colts coach Jim Caldwell said Thursday at a news conference he anticipated more clarity on Manning’s prognosis soon.

Yup, Peyton Manning is out “for awhile” because of more neck surgery, according to Colts owner Jim Irsay. And by awhile, I am hearing it is a minimum of 2-3 months. The Colts are going to be awful without Peyton. I hate to say that I am sort of sad when I heard the news. Sad because Peyton wont be able to challenge Brett Favre’s starting record and sad because we will have to see Peyton in so many f’in comercials now that he’ll have so much time off.

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