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Peyton Manning has neck surgery

P_Manning_2.jpgThe Indianapolis Colts have announced that quarterback Peyton Manning has had surgery to relieve pain in his neck caused by a pinched nerve.

“This condition has existed intermittently for the past four years, but at no time did it interfere with his training, practice or playing regimen,” the team said in a release.  “While it never has affected Peyton’s activity on or off the field, the Colts’ medical staff, after post-playoff examination, thought it best to resolve the situation now.”

In other words, Manning has had an injury that the Colts claim really isn’t an injury, in order to prevent an accusation that they were covering up his injury.

Really, if the thing has never affected him “on or off the field,” why in the hell was did they cut him open?  And why did they announce it to the world when they have no requirement to say anything about injuries until the Wednesday before Week One of the 2010 season?

Here’s why.  If this news had leaked without the Colts getting in front of it, the obvious reaction (by pains in the ass like me) would have been that the Colts had failed to disclose the injury.

And just because the Colts say it never affected Manning doesn’t mean they’re telling the truth.  We’re far more inclined to defer to common sense on this one, and to conclude that, at times, Peyton has been experiencing pain in his neck during the football season, that he has always found a way to play through it, and that nevertheless the condition should have been disclosed at some point in the last four years.
 

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39 Responses to “Peyton Manning has neck surgery”
  1. nbcjim says: Mar 3, 2010 3:56 PM

    inside info: the neck surgery was actually on his throat to try and prevent the chronic choking episodes that occur during the months of january and february each year.

  2. 4ever19 says: Mar 3, 2010 4:00 PM

    So he no longer is a stiff-necked SOG(un)

  3. internettoughguy says: Mar 3, 2010 4:01 PM

    The Indianapolis Colts have announced that quarterback Peyton Manning has had surgery to relieve pain in his neck caused by his inability to live up to the misconception that he is the greatest QB of all time.
    Fixed it.

  4. rjaxx says: Mar 3, 2010 4:01 PM

    They should trade him for Kyle Orton.

  5. packerfanfornot4life says: Mar 3, 2010 4:03 PM

    Im a big P. Manning fan but ive got to ask
    did he hurt his neck from shaking his head after that last pick against that saints??

  6. Dr. Hannibal Lector says: Mar 3, 2010 4:03 PM

    Set the “Days without a ridiculous PFT conspiracy teory” back to zero.

  7. mrcmos says: Mar 3, 2010 4:05 PM

    This is just another attempt at reducing the size of his GIANT head. As anyone can see, previous attempts have failed miserably

  8. Jack Factor says: Mar 3, 2010 4:06 PM

    Dr. Frankenstein reports that both bolts were removed and that the forehead reduction was a success.
    The nostrils were left flared so that his ET fingers can still pick goobers all the way up to a brain poke.

  9. Stoogie says: Mar 3, 2010 4:07 PM

    Hell, you’d have a pinched nerve in you neck, too, if you had to carry around a melon the size of Peyton Manning’s.

  10. RayDaMayor says: Mar 3, 2010 4:09 PM

    The nerve was responsible for the Pick-6 in the Super Bowl.

  11. Steeler4life says: Mar 3, 2010 4:09 PM

    It is not a surprise that he has neck pain with his giraffe-like neck..

  12. RavensFreak00 says: Mar 3, 2010 4:13 PM

    For what??? He never gets hit.

  13. Supersuckers says: Mar 3, 2010 4:14 PM

    Did they shorten it? Dude looks like a human bobble head doll out there.

  14. dietrich43 says: Mar 3, 2010 4:16 PM

    It was necessary because his neck is tired from holding up that huge head. It’s like an orange on a toothpick!

  15. schooney says: Mar 3, 2010 4:17 PM

    voice wore out changing all the plays at line of scrimmage and affected his neck

  16. Supersuckers says: Mar 3, 2010 4:17 PM

    Did they shorten it? Dude looks like a human bobble head doll out there.

  17. Levito says: Mar 3, 2010 4:18 PM

    That’s kinda rude to refer to Tracy Porter as a pain in Manning’s neck.

  18. edgy1957 says: Mar 3, 2010 4:27 PM

    The Indianapolis Colts have announced that quarterback Peyton Manning has had surgery to relieve pain in his neck caused by a pinched nerve caused by repeatedly throwing his linemen under the bus. :)

  19. HarrisonHits says: Mar 3, 2010 4:27 PM

    “In other words, Manning has had an injury that the Colts claim really isn’t an injury, in order to prevent an accusation that they were covering up his injury.”
    If he had surgery it was an injury. That means they’ve falsified injury reports for four years if he’s had the condition that long.

  20. ToniGoSaintsRou says: Mar 3, 2010 4:28 PM

    It’s called KARMA! He was a pain in my neck first!

  21. toe-to-toe bird law says: Mar 3, 2010 4:29 PM

    My neck would probably need some kind of invasive surgery if it had to constantly support that massive forehead.

  22. Gautam says: Mar 3, 2010 4:33 PM

    the illegal block on the back aggravated that injury fosho

  23. Sportnman says: Mar 3, 2010 4:35 PM

    This is what happens when you choke on Oreos instead of your usual diet of post season games!

  24. Bird Man says: Mar 3, 2010 4:39 PM

    Even for you this is a stretch on the injury report policing.

  25. 8man says: Mar 3, 2010 4:40 PM

    Cold. So cold in here.
    Chokes or not, that franchise since it moved to Indy had nothing until they brought him in.
    And maybe it’s not so much that he is a choke artist as it is that a talent as great as he is can’t overcome all the bad karma created by Bob Irsay.
    Still he has one more SB ring than D. McNabb and P. Rivers. And I think there are less than 30 guys who have rings at all when you consider the multiple winners (Starr, Bradshaw, Montana, Brady, Elway, Aikman, Rapistberger, Staubach, Griese & Plunkett).
    Not a fan of his, just sayin’.

  26. dead money says: Mar 3, 2010 4:40 PM

    “The pain in his neck was found to be relieved immensely when the two bolts protruding from it were removed..” (in best hERMAN mUNSTER VOICE) HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA MUAHMUAHMUAHMUAHMUAHMUAH

  27. WarrenMoonGOAT says: Mar 3, 2010 4:44 PM

    hahahaha the comments are hillarious!!! keep em coming…

  28. jersey73 says: Mar 3, 2010 5:06 PM

    So many jealous fans in this thread.

  29. SixBurgh6 says: Mar 3, 2010 5:23 PM

    So that’s why he threw that pick 6 in the Super Bowl?
    Maybe next year he won’t have this problem of choking away games when they operate on his neck.

  30. I didn't hear no bell. says: Mar 3, 2010 5:31 PM

    He should try getting that forehead fixed while he’s in there.

  31. ohiosteelerfan says: Mar 3, 2010 5:31 PM

    Sorry to be serious cause there are some great lines comin through here…
    I’ve had 2 neck surgeries for nerve issues. There is no way in hell you can have a “pinched nerve” in your neck for that long without it affecting your life on and off the field.
    The Colts need to write the league a big check for this lie!

  32. NYgreyhound says: Mar 3, 2010 5:38 PM

    Just a question for Mr. (Dr.?) Florio
    OK…..Peyton Manning had an operation on his neck….
    Mr. (Dr.?) Florio:…You graduated from what medical school?
    You completed an orthopedic/neurosurgery residency at what American medical center?
    Having reported this information, we look forward to your future commentary on medical issues…

  33. slipkid says: Mar 3, 2010 7:42 PM

    napolian is the bad karma creator.
    just ask mr. saturday.

  34. gseay1@yahoo.com says: Mar 3, 2010 8:21 PM

    So…basically…if he is constipated and needs Exlax, they should report that, also…gimme a break.

  35. DanRooney says: Mar 3, 2010 9:08 PM

    Finally cured his choking habits in the playoffs?
    Or is this another way of him making an excuse since people started catching on to the fact that the team surrounding him has nothing to do with his inability to win big games?

  36. Route36West says: Mar 3, 2010 10:48 PM

    “Really, if the thing has never affected him “on or off the field,” why in the hell was did they cut him open? ”
    Only a guy who doesnt have neck problems would say something so asinine.
    I got in a car accident and have herinaited disk in my L4 and L5 in my neck. Now even though it doesnt effect what I do on a daily basis it still hurts like a bitch. So obviously if you have pain like that you want to get it fixed.
    Im sure a lawyer or a blogger wouldnt be able to function with a neck problem, but for us that actually do physical work for a living we can handle it. We arent crippled by the pain we just grin and bear it.
    But if we have the money and the ability to take time off work we would get it fixed. Not because its affecting what we do but because it will make life a bit more tolerable.

  37. GiorgioMustica says: Mar 3, 2010 11:53 PM

    Before I start my rant, I really hope you are not too good for your old, pre-NBC followers, and read what I have to say.
    Now, I swear Mike you are either losing it or you are just flat-out stupid. In your mind, if a player is not at 100% (which is ridiculous to ask since you are a professional football player) they should be on the injury report. Everybody knows that the report is a sham, starting from the top of the NFL. Peyton could have been 99% this whole time, why should he be on the report?
    Really, if the thing has never affected him “on or off the field,” why in the hell was did they cut him open?
    Let me ask you something. Ever hear of Albert Pujols? If you haven’t let me fill you in. He is one of the greatest players to ever play baseball, and currently the first baseman for the St. Louis Cardinals. He has been dealing with a minor elbow problem for a few years now, and just had surgery in the off-season to fix it. Has it affected his performance? Well, let’s see: he’s won 3 MVP’s since 2005. Why did he have the surgery? Who knows, maybe he could have won another MVP in that time. Just because you are dealing with a problem, no matter how slight, and can correct it to make you perform better, why the hell wouldn’t you do it?
    To conclude, think about what you are writing about before bashing on the Colts, which is your M.O.

  38. 8man says: Mar 4, 2010 9:15 AM

    Cold. So cold in here.
    Chokes or not, that franchise since it moved to Indy had nothing until they brought him in.
    And maybe it’s not so much that he is a choke artist as it is that a talent as great as he is can’t overcome all the bad karma created by Bob Irsay.
    Still he has one more SB ring than D. McNabb and P. Rivers. And I think there are less than 30 guys who have rings at all when you consider the multiple winners (Starr, Bradshaw, Montana, Brady, Elway, Aikman, Rapistberger, Staubach, Griese & Plunkett).
    Not a fan of his, just sayin’.

  39. aidenvl says: Mar 4, 2010 10:51 AM

    OK, a pinched nerve is created by a bulging/protruding disc. Does anyone know the exact procedure Peyton had b/c you don’t just walk into a orthopedic surgeon’s office, get a disc repaired and walk out without it affecting you the rest of your life (not to mention many, many weeks of recovery from the surgery itself). People who get neck surgery to repair a “pinched nerve,” or bulging disc don’t go back to playing football.
    This makes me think the press got the ailment wrong, or the Colts are lying.
    I have a bulging disc in my back and fear surgery b/c you are never the same after it. Even w/o surgery, my lifestyle has changed considerably…you won’t even catch me playing flag football, much less tackle!

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