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.

95 responses to “Indy radio host says Peyton needs another neck procedure

  1. 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. 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. 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

  4. 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.

  5. 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″.

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

  8. 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.

  9. 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.

  10. 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.

  11. 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.

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

  13. 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.

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

  15. 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.

  16. 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

  17. 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?

  18. 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…

  19. 2 questions.

    Does anyone pay attention to ESPN any more.

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

  20. 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!!!

  21. 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.

  22. 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.

  23. 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

  24. 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.

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    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.

  25. 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.

  26. 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.

  27. 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.

  28. 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…

  29. 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.

  30. 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.

  31. 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.”

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    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?

  32. 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.

  33. @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!

  34. 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.

  35. 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.

  36. 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.

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

    Houston, you no longer have a problem.
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    You sir have no idea how much my stomach hurts after reading that 😀

  38. 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.

  39. 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!

  40. 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.

  41. 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!

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

  43. 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.

  44. 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!! )

  45. @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.

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