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Peyton Manning recovering from second neck surgery

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For the second time in as many years, Peyton Manning has undergone surgery on his neck.

Mike Chappell of the Indianapolis Star reports that Manning underwent a “minimally invasive” procedure Monday to fix a disc-related issue. He underwent surgery last March to relieve pain from a pinched nerve.  It’s believed Manning has been working with teammates this offseason until this problem popped up.

Manning spent Monday evening in an Indianapolis hospital before returning to his local home Tuesday.

“There is plenty of time for recovery,’’ Manning told Chappell, noting that after his last surgery he was working out within a week and lifting weights within two weeks.

Manning is downplaying the severity of the issue and sounded optimistic about being ready for team activities, when they resume.  Still, Manning has now undergone two surgeries in 15 months in the same area after a remarkably healthy career.  He’s 35 years old and at a point in his career when it’s fair to wonder if his peak is behind him.

The surgery comes at a difficult time for Manning; he’s expected to work out a long-term contract with the Colts after the lockout that would make him the league’s highest paid player.

UPDATE: On a Manning-related note, Mike Freeman of CBSSports.com joined PFT Live Tuesday to talk about Manning’s media silence this offseason.

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22 Responses to “Peyton Manning recovering from second neck surgery”
  1. qinct says: May 24, 2011 4:27 PM

    I guess ol’ Herman Munster had those bolts removed…

  2. permiepoo says: May 24, 2011 4:28 PM

    From exactly 2 days ago: http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2011/05/22/peyton-manning-may-simply-be-protecting-his-marketability/

    Oddly enough, my previous comment on there had more down thumbs than up… which probably says more about the readership here than anything, but yeah… between neck surgery, new twin babies, and trying to get some throwing/practice in with his team…. perhaps he isn’t just “protecting his marketability?”

    Morons… start clicking the down thumb, this post is entirely too logical.

  3. siggy00 says: May 24, 2011 4:28 PM

    Don’t tea bag the nurses Peyton.

  4. tombradyswig says: May 24, 2011 4:29 PM

    UH OH!

    Well, if nothing else, it’ll be a good excuse for failing to get to the SB again. Oh, another excuse is CALDWELL!!

    And there ya go, 2 excuses, so far, for failing in the postseason, AGAIN!

  5. kurmudge says: May 24, 2011 4:29 PM

    Most likely just had a minor diskectomy in the cervical area, perfect for off-season. I’d bet it was to ship out more of the disk that was impinging on nthe nerve before- that can give numbness and weakness. Brad Johnson had the same thing in October 1998, woke up with a numb throwing arm, had surgery, and had to miss a month- when he got back, Randall Cunningham was setting records throwing to Moss and Carter, so he never got back in and ended up traded to the ‘Skins. But it didn’t hurt his career at all. Peyton will be fine.

  6. descendency says: May 24, 2011 4:40 PM

    It is better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to speak out and remove all doubt.

  7. megabeast37215 says: May 24, 2011 4:42 PM

    One of the greatest of all time… that said, I hope he retires. He’s held down my Jags ever since the AFC South was formed.

  8. alewatcher says: May 24, 2011 4:46 PM

    His neck is probably tired of holding up that over-sized noggin.

  9. chadmurdigan says: May 24, 2011 4:47 PM

    You never come out of surgery (minor or major) as strong as you were before going into it, especially neck and/or back surgery.

    I think we’ve seen Peyton in his last SuperBowl Game, and that’s a shame because with his talent I wish he’d won several rings.

    He’ll keep playing because he’s so competitive, but I’m pretty sure we’ve seen his best at this point and that it’s going to be a slow slide downhill from here.

    Miserable aging… it just whacks all of us sooner or later.

  10. duanethomas says: May 24, 2011 4:54 PM

    permiepoo says:
    May 24, 2011 4:28 PM
    From exactly 2 days ago: http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2011/05/22/peyton-manning-may-simply-be-protecting-his-marketability/

    Oddly enough, my previous comment on there had more down thumbs than up… which probably says more about the readership here than anything, but yeah… between neck surgery, new twin babies, and trying to get some throwing/practice in with his team…. perhaps he isn’t just “protecting his marketability?”

    Morons… start clicking the down thumb, this post is entirely too logical.

    LOL…I thought the same thing. Good points all around.

  11. schemefactory says: May 24, 2011 4:55 PM

    to lengthen it or shorten it or widen it?

  12. firejimcadwell says: May 24, 2011 4:57 PM

    Jim Caldwell isn’t an excuse for the Colts losing games, he’s a reason. The fool can’t learn from his mistakes. Too Bad Jim Irsay hasn’t learned from his.

    Good coaches make mistakes. Bad coaches are the mistake.

    Manning will be bashed no matter what he does and it seems he has enough on his plate this offseason(twins, surgery, workouts) to have a care in the world about the media.

  13. permiepoo says: May 24, 2011 5:02 PM

    megabeast37215 says:
    May 24, 2011 4:42 PM
    “One of the greatest of all time… that said, I hope he retires. Mark Brunell and David Garrard have held down my Jags ever since the AFC South was formed”.

    fixed.

  14. hobartbaker says: May 24, 2011 5:03 PM

    Too many years of acting like a spastic bobblehead doll behind the line of scrimmage.

  15. king7key says: May 24, 2011 5:42 PM

    Colts fan in Dc where you at looking for you homie.

  16. granadafan says: May 24, 2011 5:54 PM

    He wants to break Bret Farve’s consecutive game streak. Peyton, however, will do it with much much more dignity.

  17. tommythek says: May 24, 2011 6:11 PM

    The doctors nicked the recurrent laryngeal nerve and Painton can not make any comments to anyone at this time.

  18. CKL says: May 24, 2011 6:30 PM

    What?? No complaining that he was never on the injury report or at least musing about it? Oh PFT, you disappoint me. :D
    It is a mystery how this continuing neck problem occurred though. IIRC I haven’t ever read of any hit or anything that may have caused it

  19. whatswiththehate says: May 24, 2011 8:08 PM

    permiepoo says:May 24, 2011 4:28 PM

    From exactly 2 days ago: http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2011/05/22/peyton-manning-may-simply-be-protecting-his-marketability/

    Oddly enough, my previous comment on there had more down thumbs than up… which probably says more about the readership here than anything, but yeah… between neck surgery, new twin babies, and trying to get some throwing/practice in with his team…. perhaps he isn’t just “protecting his marketability?”

    Morons… start clicking the down thumb, this post is entirely too logical.
    ———————–
    Why you are so right. And I gave you a thumbs up.

    Sadly it’s now becoming so painfully obvious that those in the sports media really do feel these NFL athletes lives should revolve around them so they can keep churning out nonsensical articles and keep a job. What’s even more disturbing are their spoonfed audience who feel that these ego driven fools are on their side…SMH

    They really are having a hardtime believe that their arrogance and ESPN style sports reporting is a real turn off.

  20. hobartbaker says: May 24, 2011 9:41 PM

    Maybe they removed his larynx.

  21. MichaelEdits says: May 24, 2011 10:56 PM

    When I saw this headline in my RSS feed, I just KNEW the comments would mention tightening his neck bolts.

  22. nooittall says: May 25, 2011 7:52 AM

    I guaran-dam-tee it that rule or no rule for owners/management having not allowing contact with players during this lockout, that Bill Polian and Jim Irsay certainly were face to face with Peyton Manning before he goes in to have surgery on his neck, no matter how minor the procedure. They are not going to spend over $100 million on a player who is off having neck surgery on his own. They were together, with their doctors and went into every minute detail and signed off before Peyton had this done. I guaran-dam-tee it.

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