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Mort: No new procedure on Peyton’s neck, “as of now”

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The good news for Colts fans?  According to Chris Mortensen of ESPN, a new procedure/surgery on quarterback Peyton Manning’s neck has not been performed nor is plan.

The bad news?  Here are the key words from Mort:  “As of now.”

Mort says that Manning is “getting multiple opinions” and “still waiting for answers on slow progress.”

Mort also offered up an ominous but vague assessment of Manning’s availability for Week One against the Texans.  Pointing out that the Colts didn’t believe Manning would be ready for the opener upon signing quarterback Kerry Collins, Mort now says that “[b]arring [a] miracle, that’s more evident.”

As to Manning’s status and the slow recovery following the May procedure, Mortensen writes that “[o]ne possibility is scar tissue trapping inflammation/nerves,” but that there is “no consensus” among the doctors who are on the case.

Bottom line?  It’s looking more and more like Manning won’t play in Week One.  The bigger question at this point is whether he’ll be available come Week Two, and beyond.

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50 Responses to “Mort: No new procedure on Peyton’s neck, “as of now””
  1. bearfan51 says: Sep 4, 2011 11:20 PM

    Tebow time for Indy! He can be their… “savior”!


  2. hajtrucking says: Sep 4, 2011 11:20 PM

    The curse is on. The superbowl host does not make the playoffs!

  3. clavette says: Sep 4, 2011 11:23 PM

    he looks like a giraffe in this picture

  4. voiceofreason18 says: Sep 4, 2011 11:25 PM

    wheeeeeew! For now. Come on peyton your fans believe in you! Buy a new neck from the 6 million dollar man, something please bro!

  5. dietrich43 says: Sep 4, 2011 11:28 PM

    Just stick a couple bolts in his neck, would complete the look at least.

  6. 4512dawg4512 says: Sep 4, 2011 11:29 PM

    Knock knock, who’s there? Peyton’s neck. Peyton’s neck who who? Peyton’s neck to retiring, ohhhhhh

  7. uniballout says: Sep 4, 2011 11:30 PM

    Uh oh. Mort is ALWAYS wrong. No way I’m taking Peyton in my fantasy draft tomorrow.

  8. grantgoodman93 says: Sep 4, 2011 11:31 PM

    so surgery tomorrow? lets remember this is a Mort report

  9. eagleswin says: Sep 4, 2011 11:33 PM

    I give it about 8 more hours until the articles come full circle and he needs more neck surgery.

  10. beastofeden says: Sep 4, 2011 11:35 PM

    Bottom line? It’s looking more and more like Manning won’t play in Week One. The bigger question at this point is whether he’ll be available come Week Two, and beyond.

    Whether the Colts like it or not, Manning’s health will be the biggest story in the league this week. (And possibly every week after that until he’s ready to play.)


  11. bdert says: Sep 4, 2011 11:39 PM

    Mortgaged the entire future of your franchise on one guy…now you’re scrambling… pun intended…

  12. rayjayjohnsonjr says: Sep 4, 2011 11:44 PM

    Go Kerry!

  13. jjmaddog says: Sep 4, 2011 11:46 PM

    Sounds like a case of Cabbage disease. That’s when the stalk can’t support the head. Maybe Viagra will help.

  14. whichiwhichwawa says: Sep 4, 2011 11:48 PM

    in the words of irsay….”Brad, I’m in Hattiesburg … is it right or left at the Firechief?” just sayin’

  15. kom2k10 says: Sep 4, 2011 11:53 PM

    The only reason I’d like to see Manning miss some time is so that Caldwell can be exposed for the horrible head coach that he really is. He is a great man and a human, but has no clue what he’s doing as an NFL coach.

    Also, Bill Polian will be exposed as a sham of a GM. Polian has been given so much credit for the Colts success, but the truth is this is really a 4-12 football team disguised as a perenial contender because of one man… Peyton Manning

  16. bearsrulepackdrool says: Sep 4, 2011 11:55 PM


  17. bearsrulepackdrool says: Sep 4, 2011 11:57 PM

    Looks like my voodoo doll worked. If only it wouldn’t take so long on Rex Ryan.

  18. stairwayto7 says: Sep 5, 2011 12:01 AM

    Ready for a 4 win season Colt fan!

  19. minnysoda says: Sep 5, 2011 12:06 AM

    My Dear friend

    Relax don’t rush back get healthy don’t be concerned about my …….er the consecutive starting street or TD record. Stay out as long as you like. Do you still live in the same house?

    Wait I have my friends from the physical therapy clinic on the other line I’ll send them over no charge.

    Expect them around 9pm they will be wearing surgical masks their names are Jeff Gillooly, Shawn Eckhard, and Shane Stant

    Be ready for the 1st game buddy


  20. wizahdry says: Sep 5, 2011 12:10 AM

    Could it be that he waited until 2 months b4 training camp to have neck surgery. Its a different thing. The nerves of a neck heal on their own time table. Nothing can do with it but be patient or risk permanent damage

  21. bloggingpoodlewalker says: Sep 5, 2011 12:14 AM

    Why on Earth should we care ab0ut what “Mort’ says?…dude is an idiot, throws around lots of stories of which about half pan out as true, hes no journalist, just a BS artist with zero cred.

  22. BTC says: Sep 5, 2011 12:16 AM

    Outlook grim.

  23. hook66 says: Sep 5, 2011 12:28 AM

    Put a fork in him he’s done.

  24. groundpounder95 says: Sep 5, 2011 12:34 AM

    Cool story bro…….now go make me a sandwich.

  25. rockieschef says: Sep 5, 2011 1:03 AM

    Hey Nancy,,Brett did so can you,,NOT

  26. 00reo says: Sep 5, 2011 1:12 AM

    There might also be no new procedure “as of now” b/c they might’ve already had the 2nd procedure and just didn’t tell anyone ala TO and his knee.

  27. jajibokum says: Sep 5, 2011 1:47 AM

    Mort is just running cover for the Colts. You can tell with the “as of now” comment.

    There is definitely something wrong and Mort is doing the Colts / Polian a favor now. This will be repaid in the future with some “inside” information.

    This is classic insider journalism. Don’t believe anything that his jughead Mort is saying.

  28. bigtrav425 says: Sep 5, 2011 1:51 AM

    Manning or not he hasnt even practiced.Of course he isnt playing week 1 and never really was

  29. marinofreakout says: Sep 5, 2011 1:55 AM

    carson palmer to colts?

  30. savannahrose44 says: Sep 5, 2011 2:12 AM

    I’m curious as to what the first surgery was to repair? Anyone know? Recovery often is dictated by the type and local of the injury they are attempting to repair. All in all though I wish Manning a speedy recovery. As much as I don’t like the colts he is a fun QB to watch.

  31. jetsetfred says: Sep 5, 2011 2:50 AM

    Do you need “Luck” Colts Fans?

  32. bossplayer213 says: Sep 5, 2011 3:08 AM

    Yikes. They might want to start looking for a backup for Kelly Collins now. Give Vinny Testaverde a call, he can run any offense on a weeks notice.

  33. botchedextrapoint says: Sep 5, 2011 4:08 AM

    Indy doesn’t let information leak one way or the other. We won’t and can’t know what is going on till the very last minute.

  34. jimmysee says: Sep 5, 2011 4:15 AM

    If he can not play, is Indy still on the hook for all the guaranteed $$$$ in his rich new deal?

  35. guvsta says: Sep 5, 2011 5:09 AM

    Good thing the Colts didn’t sign him to a huge contract with millions of guaranteed money then! Oh ……….. 🙂

  36. hahahadannywatkins says: Sep 5, 2011 5:14 AM

    Yea laugh all u want.. No Peyton = 4 win season this yr = shot at Luck = another friggin’ decade + of Colts contending!
    Ciao (iggles fan)

  37. eaglessuperfan says: Sep 5, 2011 5:39 AM

    Good lord look at that neck…. he is probably 6-1 with a normal one.

  38. jersey73 says: Sep 5, 2011 7:13 AM

    If Peyton doesn’t play much (or at all) this season, the Colts will get a very high draft pick. Peyton is the ultimate deodorant and has covered up a lot of stink on the team. I know the haters will say that Peyton’s contract hurt the team over the years from being competitive, but that is junk! Polian has simply done a poor job evaluating talent the last handful of years (and can be quite stubborn when he is wrong.) Brown, Pollack, Hughes, Gonzales, the list just goes on.

    Hopefully this will spell the end for Jim Caldwell…nice guy, just not up to the task of being a head coach.

    The two happiest guys in the league have to be Jack Del Rio and Gary Kubiak. Both men’s attempt to retail their job just got a little easier. (However, if either fails to make the playoffs in the AFC South with a Manning-less Colts in the division, it is the end of their tenure!)

  39. jersey73 says: Sep 5, 2011 7:13 AM

    By the way, Mort also reported a few years ago that, for sure, the Colts were heading to Los Angeles. FWIW.

  40. dawsonleery says: Sep 5, 2011 7:31 AM

    Without Manning the Colts will be exposed. This team has been wasting draft picks for years and the Head Coach isn’t a Head Coach. Without Manning this is no more than a 5-11 team.

  41. goindy2006 says: Sep 5, 2011 7:36 AM

    Come on with all these frankinstein and six million dollar man jokes! The guy is a touchdown machine! Anyone have some spare T-1000 parts? 8)

  42. ravenfan820 says: Sep 5, 2011 7:38 AM

    with no Peyton, the colts are an average team at best…..

  43. goindy2006 says: Sep 5, 2011 7:41 AM

    Could Peyton be… Terminated? 😉

  44. Matt-NC says: Sep 5, 2011 8:14 AM

    Instead of trying to time your surgery so you can duck training camp, get it done right after the season so minor set backs like this have time to heal.

  45. justinmcisaac says: Sep 5, 2011 8:32 AM

    Maybe Bill Polian can cry to the league, have the rules changed to start the season in December? I hear he’s good at things like that.

  46. tfbuckfutter says: Sep 5, 2011 8:57 AM

    Of course he’s having slow progress recovering from surgery….he has a damn Oldsmobile parked on top of his neck.

    He should be walking around in a neck brace made out of titanium and concrete.

  47. andrewfbrowne says: Sep 5, 2011 9:15 AM

    “Without Payton Manning Colts are a 5-11.”

    Thank you Captain Obvious. Season without Tom Brady in NE, no playoffs. How would the Packers be without Aaron Rodgers? It is a QB driven league and Payton is one of the best.

    You cannot replace his production in anyway. It is why Miami and Buffalo have been irrelavant since their hall of famers retired. QB is the most important position on the field.

  48. richm2256 says: Sep 5, 2011 9:17 AM

    Hey, ease up on Pay-me-a-ton….

    It takes a strong neck to hold up a forehead THAT big.

    Seriously though, why did he wait so long to have this surgery done?

  49. corvusrex96 says: Sep 5, 2011 9:28 AM

    Wow look at the photo. You know he is bad shape when he breaks out the “Manning pout face” .
    Typically the pout face is resevered for implying blame at WRs or the O-line during a loss.

  50. touchdownroddywhite says: Sep 5, 2011 9:51 AM

    @Andrewfbrown – “Thank you Captain Obvious. Season without Tom Brady in NE, no playoffs.”

    No playoffs with an 11-5 record…. Big difference between failing to make the post season with 10+ wins and watching your whole season go down faster than the Titanic.

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