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Indy radio host says Peyton needs another neck procedure

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Here’s one that we considered holding until we could get confirmation.  But the emails are flowing in like chocolates on a conveyor belt, and the only way to turn the machine off is to post an item on what could be a stunning development in the saga of Colts quarterback Peyton Manning.

Radio host John Michael Vincent of ESPN 1070 in Indianapolis says via Twitter, citing multiple unnamed sources, that Manning needs another procedure on his neck, and that Manning is out indefinitely.

Manning has had two neck surgeries in the last two years, and there have been concerns regarding his recovery and rehabilitation.  The team’s recent decision to sign Kerry Collins raised eyebrows.  Since then, Manning has been activated from the Physically Unable to Perform list, and he lately has seemed upbeat when discussing the situation with the media.  Also, the decision to keep only two other quarterbacks.

Says John Michael Vincent, who goes by his initials on the air, of his report:  “I’m not trying to be a newsbreaker.  Never cared for that.  I thought you would like to know. Seems to be solid.  If I’m wrong U can torch me.”

The Colts have been silent so far, but owner Jim Irsay has made an indirect reference on Twitter to the classic astronaut SOS:  “Houston, we have a problem.”  Instead of typing those words, Irsay has opted for the lesser-known follow up.

“Excuse me, sir, I think this will be our finest hour.”

If JMV is accurate, Colts fans will have a hard time agreeing with that.

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95 Responses to “Indy radio host says Peyton needs another neck procedure”
  1. runtheball says: Sep 4, 2011 9:17 PM

    Says John Michael Vincent, who goes by his initials on the air, of his report: “I’m not trying to be a newsbreaker. Never cared for that. I thought you would like to know. Seems to be solid. If I’m wrong U can torch me.”

    Airwolf?

  2. giorgiom3 says: Sep 4, 2011 9:20 PM

    After the Colts went to the Super Bowl against the Saints I said that they should trade Peyton for Colt McCoy and three first round picks to the Browns. If only they would’ve have listened and not gave Peyton another $90 mil….

  3. americankris says: Sep 4, 2011 9:21 PM

    Ruh-roh

    Gary Kubiak soul his to the devil

  4. indyff955 says: Sep 4, 2011 9:22 PM

    I wonder what all of the haters will say when the Colts beat Houston without 18.

  5. dynastydriven says: Sep 4, 2011 9:22 PM

    From a Patriots fan I sincerely hope this is not true. I have immense respect for Peyton and this Brady-Manning rivarly has been one for the ages. It won’t be the same if he can’t play, much like the Bradyless 2008 season.

    I hope to see Manning on the field next Sunday

  6. footballfanatic3431 says: Sep 4, 2011 9:22 PM

    I like the Colts and I really like Peyton Manning.

    But I hope they come in last just because it would be really interesting to see what they would do with the #1 overall pick with Andrew Luck sitting right there.

  7. goatcheez says: Sep 4, 2011 9:22 PM

    rut row. start Houston defense ASAP.

  8. eaglesnoles05 says: Sep 4, 2011 9:22 PM

    If by “finest hour” he means “totally f’d,” then yep.

  9. nyyankeedave says: Sep 4, 2011 9:23 PM

    I loved John Michael Vincent on Miami Vice.

  10. hobartbaker says: Sep 4, 2011 9:23 PM

    One indication of how serious the “procedures” are is that on the team’s website Peyton’s height has gone from being listed at 6’5″ tall, to 6’2″.

  11. scudbot says: Sep 4, 2011 9:24 PM

    Curtis Painter +1. Colts, -$90 million. So long, Indy.

  12. stanleyhalas says: Sep 4, 2011 9:24 PM

    It’s from having to carry that extra large forehead around all these years. i totally saw this coming

  13. deathmonkey41 says: Sep 4, 2011 9:26 PM

    Is that the guy from Airwolf?

  14. rollerino1 says: Sep 4, 2011 9:26 PM

    Holy cow……….

  15. bucsfan5000 says: Sep 4, 2011 9:27 PM

    Roger Goodell: “With the first pick in the 2012 NFL Draft, the Indianapolis Colts select Andrew Luck, Quarterback, Stanford.”

  16. frankgarrett says: Sep 4, 2011 9:27 PM

    With First Pick of the 2012 NFL DRAFT the Indianapolis Colts Select……

  17. kayotiicdat says: Sep 4, 2011 9:28 PM

    I figured it’d be more with carrying around that melon head of his.

  18. clavette says: Sep 4, 2011 9:28 PM

    peytons never missed a game, i have no reason to beleive that he will until i see it myself one week from today

  19. whhaaat says: Sep 4, 2011 9:29 PM

    peter king seems to think he’ll be fine, but just needs time to completely heal on his own. So no surgery, but won’t start season either.

  20. readysethike says: Sep 4, 2011 9:29 PM

    If this is true, Colts are done…

  21. Brian Murphy says: Sep 4, 2011 9:29 PM

    Nice topical “I Love Lucy” reference, Mike.

  22. paintersforms says: Sep 4, 2011 9:29 PM

    Jim Irsay needs to go back to school

  23. vbe2 says: Sep 4, 2011 9:29 PM

    He’s done for the year, better safe than sorry when you’re talking about this kind of thing. Let the Texans have a year to enjoy.

  24. jpres2001ss says: Sep 4, 2011 9:31 PM

    An average or slightly below average football team without Manning. I’m not a Colts fan but lets hope he makes it back for the opener. One of the true “good guys” in the NFL.

  25. natefalkirk says: Sep 4, 2011 9:33 PM

    We’ll see how accurate this is. If so, the Colts are going to pay for never investing seriously in a backup QB. Painter and Orlovsky may win a couple games at best. K. Collins can win some games, he’s not a bad QB with plenty of talent around him, but no one thinks the Colts will be competitive to their ususal standard without Manning. If Peyton is out for awhile, this is Houston’s chance to win the division. It’s long overdue for them to do so. Heck, this might save Kubiak’s job. There are big ramifications throughout the AFC South if Manning is sidelined for awhile.

  26. orthodoxdj says: Sep 4, 2011 9:33 PM

    Houston, you no longer have a problem.

  27. bigbalz says: Sep 4, 2011 9:33 PM

    This guy also said the Colts were making a trade yesterday and that didn’t happen either. John Clayton reported earlier today Manning was fine and practicing and is highly unlikely he wouldn’t start week 1. Somebody is full of crap.

  28. dsullivan9026 says: Sep 4, 2011 9:35 PM

    Holy Smokes!

  29. doe22us says: Sep 4, 2011 9:35 PM

    Ohhh Ohhh, but the question is does he need it now or after the season.

  30. descendency says: Sep 4, 2011 9:35 PM

    I’m a Patriots fan who hates to see Manning hurt like this. Without him, the Colts/Patriots game (AKA Christmas II) loses a whole lot of meaning.

  31. popolover says: Sep 4, 2011 9:37 PM

    Bill and Chrisissy: Let’s see whatcha got.

  32. wicky888 says: Sep 4, 2011 9:38 PM

    He might as well be out for awhile, that team is going nowhere fast, and we all know the Colts are next to nothing without him

  33. hoosierdude says: Sep 4, 2011 9:39 PM

    What is that giant sucking sound?

  34. doggz109 says: Sep 4, 2011 9:39 PM

    Ladies and gentlemen! Your 2011 AFC South Champion…..Houston Texans!

  35. voiceofreason18 says: Sep 4, 2011 9:39 PM

    If this guy is wrong all colts fans should stone him. If its true we are all done.

  36. loripetty says: Sep 4, 2011 9:39 PM

    This is huge news if true. Houston would have the best chance they’ve ever had at winning the division.

  37. kom2k10 says: Sep 4, 2011 9:40 PM

    Id hate to see it happen, but I think Manning missing time will only add to his legacy. Everyone will see what a sorry team he’s been carrying into the playoffs for the last decade.

  38. indianaviking says: Sep 4, 2011 9:40 PM

    the Colts implosion begins NOW!

  39. rectumnearlykilledem says: Sep 4, 2011 9:40 PM

    Oh No! This might put Peyton and the Colts in jeopardy of going one and done in the playoffs AGAIN this season.

  40. southtexasraider says: Sep 4, 2011 9:42 PM

    Let’s see how many colt fans are around when they go back to being non-existence now that the manning era has ended.

  41. ticalcaldwell says: Sep 4, 2011 9:43 PM

    oooiiii boy

  42. natefalkirk says: Sep 4, 2011 9:44 PM

    We’ll see how accurate this is. If so, it changes AFC South picture. This will be Houston’s year to win the division. Long overdue. This might save Kubiak’s job. Jax and Tenn will benefit as well. Painter/Orlovsky are not going to win more than a couple games. Kerry Collins isn’t bad, always thought he was decent when he had good talent around him, but the Colts won’t be competitive to their usual standards without Manning. If he’s out just a few, they can still contend, but if it’s longer term, there are too many other really good teams in the AFC.

  43. bennprince says: Sep 4, 2011 9:44 PM

    and it just happens to be the year Oliver Luck Jr. is coming out. how lucky can these guys get???

  44. lexnekst says: Sep 4, 2011 9:44 PM

    Speculation of the unknown- Two Words: Jeremy Maclin.

  45. texansfan54 says: Sep 4, 2011 9:45 PM

    if this is accurate, the texans should have an easy path to win the division which is too bad because it would have been nice to see if this team could compete with the colts full strength, hope peyton gets back quick

  46. polishkingski says: Sep 4, 2011 9:46 PM

    i really hope this is not accurate. i really really do.

  47. ar1888 says: Sep 4, 2011 9:47 PM

    Peter King talked to Bill Polian and Polian said he doesnt know anything about it. If this is true, why would the Colts have taking him off the pup?

  48. polishkingski says: Sep 4, 2011 9:47 PM

    pats vs colts?….what a let down.

  49. cured76 says: Sep 4, 2011 9:48 PM

    Does Peyton still get $23M or whatever his number is this year?

  50. stevincinci says: Sep 4, 2011 9:49 PM

    As Peyton goes, so goes the Colts. (Of course look what Pitt did when Ben was out.)

  51. wet4football says: Sep 4, 2011 9:49 PM

    Tank the season and get Andrew Luck

  52. nyjalleffingday says: Sep 4, 2011 9:49 PM

    Does Irsay drink and tweet? His tweets are always unintelligible, even for twitter standards.

  53. leftysmoke says: Sep 4, 2011 9:50 PM

    This could be our Doomsday. Polian commented on the situation stating, “I don’t know anything about that. I honestly don’t.”

    Sounds like good news, but I’m still worried.

    Coltsider.com for updates.

    Go Colts…

  54. jmizzal says: Sep 4, 2011 9:50 PM

    Dooooooooom

  55. techvet says: Sep 4, 2011 9:51 PM

    Fantasy guys who took Reggie Wayne high just ran to the bathroom to upchuck.

  56. irishgary says: Sep 4, 2011 9:51 PM

    2 questions.

    Does anyone pay attention to ESPN any more.

    What is ESPN’s percentage on getting this stuff right?

  57. bennyd720 says: Sep 4, 2011 9:53 PM

    Uh Oh Spaghetti-O’s!

  58. kleppnasty says: Sep 4, 2011 9:54 PM

    Is that an ‘I love Lucy’ reference? How old is your demographic?

  59. mightyleemoon says: Sep 4, 2011 9:54 PM

    Now is your chance, Houston.

  60. bigcholo says: Sep 4, 2011 9:54 PM

    If this is true, the Dolts are finished. They are worse than mediocre without Manning. If he doesn’t play next week, Houston is going to open up a nice can of ass-whipping!!!

  61. nomoreseasontix says: Sep 4, 2011 9:58 PM

    People are worrying that he’ll miss the start of the season when it’s starting to sound like they should be worried about his career being threatened.
    I hope it works out ok.

  62. mataug says: Sep 4, 2011 9:59 PM

    If Manning is out for the season, it will work well for them… they get to draft Andrew Luck lol

  63. bigbalz says: Sep 4, 2011 10:00 PM

    I wouldn’t be so quick to believe this, but if its true the Colts will win the Andrew Luck sweepstakes, or they can trade the picks for a kings ransom. Either way, win win.

  64. henrykissingerisgod says: Sep 4, 2011 10:08 PM

    Peyton manning is done. This situation is like deion sanders with the redskins in 2000. He screwed them over for money knowing he was a worthless football player. What manning did is as bad as any football player in history including oj Simpson and Lawrence Taylor

  65. eagleswin says: Sep 4, 2011 10:09 PM

    nomoreseasontix says:Sep 4, 2011 9:58 PM

    People are worrying that he’ll miss the start of the season when it’s starting to sound like they should be worried about his career being threatened.
    I hope it works out ok.

    ——————————————–

    Peyton has a $90 mill golden parachute. My question is will the insurance company make the Colts pay it (if he is basically done) as this was a preexisting injury. Peyton didn’t have to pass a physical before the extension.

  66. wet4football says: Sep 4, 2011 10:13 PM

    This is Great news for Andrew Luck!

  67. jints3bowls says: Sep 4, 2011 10:17 PM

    To quote a great movie:

    “I’ll believe it when my ish turns purple and smells like rainbow sherbet”

  68. Mr. Wright 212 says: Sep 4, 2011 10:21 PM

    Don’t believe it.

  69. sterilizecromartie says: Sep 4, 2011 10:21 PM

    Is it just me or does the term “nerve regeneration in your neck” just sound awfully bad? The guy is a legend. I just hope this doesn’t turn out to be as bad as it is starting to sound.

    @giorgiom3 – You’re an idiot.

  70. flagstaffphotos says: Sep 4, 2011 10:27 PM

    Amazing how many teams are in on the race to 0-16 to try to win the Luck sweepstakes – Denver, Seattle, SF, and now the Colts by my count. And who can figure out what BB is up to in Boston? Ochocinco and Haynesworth by themselves are worth at least 10-11 losses.

    This season is setting up fabulously for teams like the Jets and Steelers to just walk in and rip a Lombardi out of Godell’s slimy hands.

  71. DC Sports Radio says: Sep 4, 2011 10:28 PM

    Ha. what a Tweet will do!

  72. thetooloftools says: Sep 4, 2011 10:28 PM

    when he come back… if a defensive player even breathes on him they are going to get flagged.

  73. doe22us says: Sep 4, 2011 10:39 PM

    Two things here, its funny how Texans fans are jubilating over potentially Peyton Manning missing the first game and thinking Hallelujah we will make the playoffs finally, truly truly sad and pathetic. Secondly games havent started yet and deeming that the Colts will have the worst record and will be in the Luck sweepstakes. Worst record not even close, draft a QB fat chance.
    And Texans dont think your secondary has improved with Mr Joseph, teams will still throw on you in that Reliant Stadium of yours and elsewhere.

  74. depotnator says: Sep 4, 2011 10:42 PM

    It seems that the Colts must have relied upon their own historically unreliable medical staff to evaluate Manning before his big contract. Who else would have signed Manning at anything close to 90M…

  75. tiffpats4eva says: Sep 4, 2011 10:48 PM

    flagstaffphotos says:
    Sep 4, 2011 10:27 PM
    Amazing how many teams are in on the race to 0-16 to try to win the Luck sweepstakes – Denver, Seattle, SF, and now the Colts by my count. And who can figure out what BB is up to in Boston? Ochocinco and Haynesworth by themselves are worth at least 10-11 losses.

    This season is setting up fabulously for teams like the Jets and Steelers to just walk in and rip a Lombardi out of Godell’s slimy hands.
    ***********************

    Laugh out loud. Lay off the 8 balls.

  76. doe22us says: Sep 4, 2011 10:49 PM

    No further surgery but evaluations planned, and the sound you hear folks is a collective groan by any fan Texans especially and those that think Manning was done for the season.

  77. stanklepoot says: Sep 4, 2011 10:49 PM

    bucsfan5000 says: Sep 4, 2011 9:27 PM

    Roger Goodell: “With the first pick in the 2012 NFL Draft, the Indianapolis Colts select Andrew Luck, Quarterback, Stanford.”

    __________________________
    Now that would be turning lemons into some seriously fine lemonaide. You have how many playoff years in a row, one really bad year, and then you draft the guy who is pretty much being universally described as the next Peyton Manning. You sit him behind Peyton for a couple of years and let him learn from the master and see if he’s everything the hype makes him out to be. If he is, then when Peyton in 38 or 39 if he doesn’t come to you about retirement, you go to him and offer him a position in the front office. You end up with a seamless transition from Peyton to Peyton 2.0. Serious question Colts fans: if you knew you’d end up with this scenario, would you willingly accept one horrible season?

  78. footballcoach17 says: Sep 4, 2011 11:01 PM

    IF…and that is a big if that Manning won’t play…Colts can still win the AFC South this year with Collins at QB. Not a very talented division and Colts still have the most talented team with Wayne, Clark, Collie, Saturday, Freeney, Mathis, Bethea, Powers, and many other core veterans.

  79. wet4football says: Sep 4, 2011 11:03 PM

    @Stanklepoot
    As a life long Colts fan YES YES and MORE YES. I’ve been saying the Colts need to do this for a few months now, why wouldn’t TRUE Colts fans not want this? suck for one year so you don’t have to suck for years to come? count me in!

  80. deconjonesbitchslap says: Sep 4, 2011 11:08 PM

    Looks like Brett Favre might be getting a call tomorrow.

  81. dlmcc1010 says: Sep 4, 2011 11:09 PM

    If this is true and Manning needs another neck surgery, they should have him sit out the year. Otherwise theyre jeapordizing him taking a big hit when he comes back and having a career ending issue. Better to sacrifice one year then the next 5.

  82. dlmcc1010 says: Sep 4, 2011 11:10 PM

    If this is true and Manning needs another neck surgery, they should have him sit out the year. Otherwise theyre jeapordizing him taking a big hit when he comes back and having a career ending issue. Better to sacrifice one year than the next 5.

  83. deconjonesbitchslap says: Sep 4, 2011 11:13 PM

    but i really hope Manning will play. He is an attraction to the game.

    Can you imagine a season without: Favre, Manning, and Moss? they are trademarks of the NFL.

  84. warchief01 says: Sep 4, 2011 11:19 PM

    it’s time to trade him to the Raiders. They get all of them on their way out. @dynastdriven i loved 08. I’d like to see 11,12,13,14,15, on and on the same way.They can always make up some new rules to help brady out though like the little fumble was a tuck rule.

  85. mataug says: Sep 4, 2011 11:22 PM

    orthodoxdj says: Sep 4, 2011 9:33 PM

    Houston, you no longer have a problem.
    ————————————————————

    You sir have no idea how much my stomach hurts after reading that :D

  86. christopher525 says: Sep 4, 2011 11:50 PM

    I love how Kerry Collins is being completely written off, amazing. Also, don’t forget that Peyton will still be around, IF this is true, he’ll get to test being a coach.

  87. stairwayto7 says: Sep 5, 2011 12:08 AM

    WHy is it small radio host break stories when ESPN, FOX and Yahoo will get credit for them? Remember you had an article in July from some hack in Chicago saying Hall of Fame game woudl be cancelled and everyone said no way then a week later it was!

  88. orthodoxdj says: Sep 5, 2011 12:24 AM

    In all seriousness, Peyton needs to hang it up. Look at what has happened to former players who had nagging injuries. The recent lockout highlighted how bad off many players are because of the nature of the game. A neck injury couldn’t be more serious. Another Superbowl win OR TEN isn’t worth the next forty to sixty years suffering from headaches, back aches, neck aches, depression, etc. Walk away before it’s too late.

    Peyton you’re already a Hall-of-Famer. Thank you for great games and raising the bar. You have nothing to regret at this point. Keep it that way.

  89. patpatriotagain says: Sep 5, 2011 2:49 AM

    that contract prohibits a #1qb in the draft. you cant invest 30 mil a year in one position

  90. louielewe says: Sep 5, 2011 3:43 AM

    The time has come for Mr. Chicken Neck to retire and focus on his true love, Republican politics. He just has to decide if he wants to be Governor/Senator from Louisiana, Tennessee or Indianus.

    WE WILL NEVER FORGET YOU PAYTON!

  91. Rockets GM says: Sep 5, 2011 4:27 AM

    And the Texans will STILL find a way to NOT win the AFC South. Collins will hold down the fort until Manning is ready.

  92. denverdude7 says: Sep 5, 2011 7:30 AM

    I have never been a fan of the Colts and never will be.

    I do however have the utmost respect for Peyton Manning and wish him a full and complete recovery. I would like to see him finish his outstanding career on the field and not in a doctors office.

    WARNING FOR COLTS FANS: Losing a Hall of Fame quarterback either to injury or retirement is like falling off a cliff. Trust me. I know. Watching Bubby Brister trot onto the field after John Elway’s retirement was one of the worst feelings I have ever experienced.

  93. tominma says: Sep 5, 2011 8:57 AM

    Being a Pats fan, Ive always had mixed feeling about Manning. While he is “the enemy”, he is also one of the greatest QBs ever to play the game. So it’s sad to him beset with so many injuries in the latter part of his career. It’s posslibe this could eventually prove career ending because neck injuries are nothing to mess with.

    ON the other hand, I think the Colts made a HUGE mistake signing him to sich a big/long contract this late in his career! I think they are going to regret it. Best of luck to him in recovering. I Just hope he doesnt do anything stupid that would endanger his future health!

    ( In a must win game, Id still take Brady!! )

  94. sterilizecromartie says: Sep 5, 2011 10:06 AM

    @stanklepoot

    Colts fan here. To answer your question, I would not want Indy to take Luck. Right now, Luck is better than almost half of the starting QBs in the league. To ask him to sit on the bench for 3-4 years would just be wasting a great talent. Also, it would make for great awkwardness everytime an ageing Manning has a bad game and the Luck whispers start. No wat Indy would have the balls to bench the legend Manning for Luck. Think the Favre-Rodgers situation… but on steroids.

    Your idea would make sense if it were a project QB, like Tebow or Newton. But a ready-to-play-right-now QB like Luck… no good reason to have him sit and learn for 3-4 years even if it is behind one of the greatest QBs ever. It would be a waste.

  95. weakafceast says: Sep 5, 2011 10:53 PM

    Maybe with another QB besides Peyton, the Colts will finally be able to beat SD in the playoffs.

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