For his first regular-season report of the year, FOX’s Jay Glazer shared some intriguing details regarding the surgery performed last week on Peyton Manning’s neck.
Glazer said that Manning opted for a less conventional, and more painful, procedure that entailed the removal of a portion of his hip, which then was used to fuse together the bones in his spine. (Typically, a cadaver bone is used.)
Manning’s choice shows that he’s taking a path that will get him back onto the field sooner, even though he may have chronic hip pain.
Meanwhile, Colts Vice Chairman Bill Polian told James Brown during the CBS pregame show that Manning is fine. Curiously, Polian said that Manning had the procedure featuring the use of a cadaver bone.
Polian said that Manning won’t return until he’s ready, and that the decision will be made by the doctors. Glazer explained that medical experts with whom he spoke said that Manning wouldn’t be allowed to take a hit for at least four months.
As the 2011 season begins, then, it remains uncertain at best as to whether we’ll see Manning play during any portion of it.
At some point, the smart move will be to shut Manning down for the season, placing him on injured reserve and letting him fully and completely heal.
And when he heals, he’ll play for the Colts. Polian said that, if and when Manning is back on the field, it’ll be as a member of the team for which he has played since 1998. Which means that they’ll be paying him another $28 million next March.