Manning underwent unknown procedure last year

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It’s been widely reported that Colts quarterback Peyton Manning has undergone three neck surgeries in the last two years.

Don Banks of SI.com reports the number is actually four.

Manning underwent an unreported procedure last year between his May surgery and his September cervical neck fusion surgery. Banks adds a lot of new details in his extensive and well-reported piece.

More surgery expected: Manning’s neck has potentially developed bone spurs. The Colts believe further surgery is “nearly inevitable,” even if Manning can successfully return to football this year.

Manning pushed to play in December: The “extent and scope” of Manning’s on-field workouts in December initially frustrated former Colts Vice Chairman Bill Polian. Manning wanted to play in the red zone in the season’s final weeks, but the Colts medical staff ruled it out once they took a look at him.

Manning was unable to throw past 20-22 yards at the time.

“He wanted to go on the field and try to dump red-zone passes against Houston,” a league source told Banks. “Even though his neck muscles hadn’t even been strengthened yet. Can you imagine anyone putting him on the field in that situation? Just to throw a string of red-zone passes? But that’s where things were going at that time, and it kind of speaks to the insanity of the situation.”

Chronic problem? The Colts fear Manning’s neck issues have become chronic. It’s hard to argue with four procedures in under two years, including three in a five month span last year.

There will be plenty of questions regarding why all this information came out now. But the article helps to underscore the serious nature of Manning’s medical problems.

We just hope someone is watching out for Manning’s long-term health, because he’s already tried to play before it was safe once.

95 responses to “Manning underwent unknown procedure last year

  1. Classless. He has padded his stats enough with perpetual PI calls, playing inside and having an all star team around him. not to mention playing artificial crowd noise when the other team has the ball so you get it back on offense quicker.

  2. Manning needs to sit his ego on the bench and coach a sane amount of caution into it. If he’s eventually good to play, health-wise and performance-wise, then great. If not, how’s his ego going to feel when he throws errant passes ala Mark Sanchez, or he has to do his next SNL hosting in a wheelchair?

  3. Okay, this whole Peyton injury/inflammatory comments in the media/Isray playing hard ball/ contract “do-over”/ debacle is taking a toll on my daily fix to hear about Tim Tebow.

  4. Manning will be back to play. This story is leaked by the Irsay camp to put pressure on Manning and to hurt his chances in the open market because they know he will be ready to play. Manning is done with the Colts even though Irsay says he wants him back at a pay cut. Manning wants to win another championship and he will go somewhere that’s not rebuilding to do so

  5. If this is all true, then why doesn’t Irsay just say we have to move forward without Peyton Manning because we simply don’t feel confident about his health? Who could fault the organization for that?

  6. “We just hope someone is watching out for Manning’s long-term health, because he’s already tried to play before it was safe once.”

    Yeah, I’m sure this site would just love it if Manning retired right now and never got to post another hit-generating story about him ever again.

  7. Brett Favre played until the wheels finally fell off. Peyton will try and do the same if he can ever make it back.

  8. NFL.com is already giving Peyton the love. “Forever in their hearts.” I’m thinking that’s a pretty clear signal that it’s over for him.

    I’m grateful to have seen him in his prime.

  9. and advantage Irsay –

    good luck getting back on top after this one Peyton –

    “come on guys, just put me in so I can throw the touchdown passes”

    geesh

  10. Can’t throw more than 20 yards? Cleveland should sign him. Peyton can spend the last few years of his career helping Browns fans re-live the Bernie Kosar days.

  11. I was never on the “sign Peyton” bandwagon, but I feel very very bad for him.

    This might make him very untouchable!!!

    He could go from $28 million to nothing!!!!
    If I were Irsay, I would push the deadline back by a maximum of two months and would say “we have agreed to this. If he looks ready by our standards we are committed to winning with Peyton Manning.”

  12. I am trying to figure what his motivation could possibly be to come back.

    If he does, it will either be with a horrible Colts team, or a new system.

    And God help him if he winds up behind a weak offensive line. He was never mobile, and now he’s immobile, old and injured.

    I know it’s hard for these guys to give it up, competitive fire and all.

    BTW- any Giants fans starting to wonder if this is hereditary?

    Many people say that the most athletically talented Manning was Cooper- and he had to quit playing before he even got to college due to chronic neck problems.

    Just a little something to keep in the back of your mind.

  13. Hard to know what is real and fake with the Manning stories, but the Colts should stop with the public warfare and just release him. If the 49ers could trade Montana and Lott, and let Rice go, the Colts can do the same thing with Manning…don’t worry it’s pro football, the fans route for the jerseys more than the individual players. Sure, they might cry foul at first, but it doesn’t last long for them to get over it, especially if they put together a fun and exciting team.

  14. Peyton, take this advice: stay with the Colts, but as a special assistant in the coaching staff to help mentor Andrew Luck. Don’t suit up again, it’s not worth it being paralyzed and not being able to run and play with your twins when they get older. Your life right now is more important that playing football.

  15. Does anyone in the media have Peyton’s mothers phone number? Maybe she can talk some sense into him. Retire. No sense in risking horrific injury. Enough already. Peyton has done enough.

  16. Manning should not play again, period. I love the guy, but 4 surgeries in a 2 year period? On his neck? For crying out loud, Irsay. Do the right thing. Pay Manning his $28 million and protect him from himself. He’ll be (again) the highest paid bench warmer in history, but you’ll save his health, be the bigger man, and if he’s fully healthy by the start of the 2013 season, he’s still yours to trade for help and/or picks.

  17. armchairqb says: Feb 15, 2012 3:02 PM Anyone else already fed up with Peyton Manning stories?

    It’s a whole lot better than Brett Favre and Tim Tebow stories.

  18. I had 2 fusions in my neck 2 years ago, at the age of 27. Took 3 months before I could lift weights, then 3 more months before I could run. I still have a nagging pain in my shoulder/neck area when I run or jump. This is with 1 surgery, not 4 and I would be mentally worried if someone tackled me hard right now. So for people who think Peyton will be fine to come back, he won’t.

    He gets hit a lot, is 7 years older than me, and his neck problem will hurt him not only physcially but mentally.

  19. Hey hairpie, stupid comments from a stupid person. Last time I checked if Peyton Manning had all these all stars around him why did we only win 2 games this year without him and we still had all those supposed all stars. Pumped in noise, funny, that’s hilarious clown!

  20. You posters who comment on these stories as if they are true or accurate or based in any way in reality are priceless. I bet you couldn’t come up with enough collective brain power to operate a child’s pinwheel. Thanks for the entertainment!

  21. id love to see him play again but not that way he’s headed. He just needs to retire and coach…..I’d bet he’d be a pretty good coach.

  22. pistolsmoke – You’re only a normal human, not a football player.

    And guys, unless you are retarded, don’t take Banks’ story for fact!

  23. Isnt there several players in the NFL that have had this same surgery? Why dont they interview these guys and get their perspective? They would probably know more about his chances of coming back than some unnamed sources.

  24. Peyton, Before your reputation takes a hit like Favre, just retire. Become a media personality like Chuck Barkley.

    You are beginning to look like a schyster who will take money when you know you can’t play.

  25. “Jeff George is still waiting for a phone call.”

    The sad part is, George probably still has that cannon arm.

  26. So let me get this straight.
    Manning underwent a surgery at a time when players and the team were not allowed to have contact. Then he tries to get a “plantiff concession” that would provide he could never get a franchise or transition tag applied to him, knowing that he had this surgery and to put pressure on the colts for a long term deal. I knew when he wanted that concession that he wouldn’t be back this past year.

    He drops the demand when he gets his long term deal, knowing that things are not going well. I wonder if the surgery had been disclosed to the team at that point? Could this be why the sudden change in direction? Perhaps Polian got fired for working out the contract with Peyton without finding out about the extra surgery?

    I wonder if we’ll see action by the Colts to get some of that salary back because the fourth surgery wasn’t disclosed???

  27. ty46 says:
    Feb 15, 2012 3:36 PM
    pistolsmoke – You’re only a normal human, not a football player.
    ==================

    LOL. Nice sense of perspective.

    You are aware that football players are human?

    They don’t actually possess any mystical powers to recover from injury differently than other humans.

    Yes, they are in better shape than the average human, but they also take far worse of a beating.

    Good lord, funny on so many levels. I won’t even mention that fact there a hundred dudes in my gym who are better conditioned than Peyton Manning. The guy hasn’t run 100 yards in a straight line in his career.

    But you’re right, I am sure his super human powers of recovery granted to him by the Gods of Football will ensure his recovery.

    Grow up.

  28. He’ll finish the year with a 95+ QBR and take his new team to the playoffs. The colts might make it to 5 wins. You doubters are going to look funny then, huh?

  29. If this is true and Peyton hid his medical history from the team, I must say I’m very disappointed. When David Garrard allegedly hid his back problems from the Jaguars before they eventually cut him, I felt the same way.

  30. where are all the comments about secretive colts hiding injuries? Oh yeah, i forgot, the patriots are the only team that is not forthcoming about injuries. the colts have hid and lied about manning throughout. and nothing is wrong with that = but people act as if the patriots are the only team that do that. any team that doesnt do that is just being unwise. see jets, new york

  31. Not sure why all of the Peyton haters are coming out on this article….I too am frustrated with all of the articles being written everyday but this is not his fault. Given Irsay’s comments yesterday it is evident that he is releasing this information. He is trying to kill Manning in the media so that he does not look like the bad guy when the two part ways next week.

    All of these comments regarding Peyton suffering permanent damage or paralysis are from people that have no idea what they are talking about. Numerous Dr’s have come out and stated that he risks no additional paralysis or long term risks compared to other athletes.

    So what if Manning wanted to go in and play on red zone situations. That is what makes him so great…..His competetive fire!!! We are forgetting that he has many friends on the team and it was killing him to see them suffering through a winless situation. He did not want the team to go 0-16. Sure some of that was selfish because he probably didnt want the Colt’s to draft 1st but either would you or I in the same situation.

  32. Jim Irsay to Peyton Manning-

    “Never mind, I’ll find someone like you.
    I wish nothing but the best for you too”.

  33. dannymac17 says:
    Feb 15, 2012 3:49 PM
    you guys pay more attention to Peytons health than i do about my own body, and im in pretty decent shape.

    ==================================
    Thumbs up if you don’t care about dannymac17’s body.

  34. Peyton did this to himself by demanding the Colts sign for 20 plus million knowing darned well that he had a serious injury and not disclosing this little factoid.

  35. It’s a good thing Irsay is keeping this in house. This could get ugly in an attempt to completely submarine Peyton Manning.

  36. granadafan says: Feb 15, 2012 5:40 PM

    Peyton did this to himself by demanding the Colts sign for 20 plus million knowing darned well that he had a serious injury and not disclosing this little factoid.

    Last I checked Peyton said he would take a pay cut so the team could spend money to compete, but Irsay quickly, and publicly days he way going to take Peyton’s opinion and only offered him $20+ Mil.

  37. If I’m Irsay there is NO WAY I keep Manning on my roster and pay him. Payton Manning is one big hit away from a wheel chair if he walks out on a field no matter who he’s under center for. Irsay must look to the future and Payton Manning isn’t it.

  38. If this is all true, then why doesn’t Irsay just say we have to move forward without Peyton Manning because we simply don’t feel confident about his health?………
    Good point…but….at issue here is…money !! and lots of it…..Irsay does not want to upset the apple cart and risk alienating a portion of the fan base who idolize Manning and don’t want him to leave the Colts, even if he is in a wheelchair ! Irsay has to sell tickets and you can bet that the situation has now turned into a shell game and many are wondering just where the pea is ! Manning has serious and, chronic medical neck and nerve issues and it would be a very poor business decision to sign him with this 28 million dollar bonus !It would also be a bad decision for any team ,to sign him until we know if he can still play.I think he should retire before another head and/ or neck hit results in permanent damage and or paralysis.He can’t need the money !

  39. I have said again and again, it only gets worse…..it never gets better. You see, when you fuse bones together the process is to insert a bone plug to fill the gap and then let it grow together. The problem is, the bone does not magically stop growing it just keeps growing and growing and growing, hence the bone spurs they are now talking about. These spurs continue to cause problems down the road. It’s a never ending, vicious cycle. I know this from personal experience. I have battled this for over 20 years.

  40. “Don Banks of SI.com reports the number is actually four.”

    …..yep, it has been widely reported that Manning had gene therapy last year…that makes “4 procedures”. Guess no one told Banks..

    “The Colts believe further surgery is “nearly inevitable,” even if Manning can successfully return to football this year.”

    …..”nearly inevitable”???.. is that like being almost pregnant? No doubt, people who have spinal surgeries can develop bone spurs that might need to be operated on…but those usually happen in the patients later years…50s, 60s.

    “Manning wanted to play in the red zone in the season’s final weeks, but the Colts medical staff ruled it out once they took a look at him.”

    …..Peyton is pretty sly fella…lead the Colts to two more wins and there goes Irsay’s shot at drafting Andy Luck.

    ““He wanted to go on the field and try to dump red-zone passes against Houston,” a league source told Banks. ”

    …..unnamed league source??? Why wouldn’t Banks just use the name if the information was legit?

    I will say, great “propaganda” article based on “nearly inevitable” and “unnamed league sources”.

    Come on man, Banks and SI are better than this.

  41. all star team around him? are you insane?
    is that why when he was out of the lineup
    this ‘all star’ team went 2-14?

    HAIRPIE YOU ARE CLEARLY A JACK
    AZZ…..

  42. caseyanthonymunoz says:
    Feb 15, 2012 2:50 PM
    He tried to get that thing removed from his throat every time he’s in the postseason.

    ______

    Career postseason QB rating:

    Manning – 88.6
    Brady – 86.0

    Looks like “that thing” is now firmly lodged in Tommy’s throat now.

  43. If this was any other player with this many procedures this conversation wouldn’t be taking place. How many surgeries are needed before a doctor tells him he’s done?

  44. Hairpie… did you even watch any colts games last season? No? Ah ok that makes sense well here let me help you out. That all star team took them all the way to a 1st overall pick

  45. Yes, PM stated that he would be willing to entertain thoughts of a performance based contract but that offer was made to 31 other teams in the NFL, not the Colts. That is why JI came out yesterday and stated that the Colts would most certainly enetertain that type of contract with PM, that they would love for PM to end his career a Colt. Then JI hit the ball onto PM’s side of the court. No response as of yet. This MiniSeries is far from over. Stay Tuned.

  46. Don’t forget about the stem cell procedure Peyton had last year in Europe. It was around the same time TO had his procedure in South Korea. Maybe this is the 4th procedure no one can account for?

  47. nickspacers says: Feb 15, 2012 3:31 PM

    Hey hairpie, stupid comments from a stupid person. Last time I checked if Peyton Manning had all these all stars around him why did we only win 2 games this year without him and we still had all those supposed all stars. Pumped in noise, funny, that’s hilarious clown!

    ——————–

    very simple. they are a team of QUITTERS! they quit in the playoffs, had to have the rules changed so their baby receivers wouldnt quit, they quit when they could have gone undefeated… its always easier to quit and thats what they do. they didnt have their starting qb, so they quit. plan and simple.

    i cant believe there is no outrage about Manning wanting to come in and throw td passes to pad his stats when the team was in the red zone. that is one of the most absurd things i have ever read in my life.

  48. bozosforall says: Feb 15, 2012 9:25 PM

    caseyanthonymunoz says:
    Feb 15, 2012 2:50 PM
    He tried to get that thing removed from his throat every time he’s in the postseason.

    ______

    Career postseason QB rating:

    Manning – 88.6
    Brady – 86.0

    Looks like “that thing” is now firmly lodged in Tommy’s throat now.

    ————————————————-
    Goobs, What is Brady’s post season winning percentage compared to Peyton’s? How many home playoff games has Brady lost. Peyton also played a lot of his games indoors and Brady played in cold outdoor weather. That would make Brady’s QB rating lower naturally.

  49. Either way he can always sign a big fat endorsement contract with the company that makes neck braces.

    There is a big market on them. I’ve had 3 different ones so far and I’m still in my middle earlies.

  50. #1, Last season the rumblings about the team wanting to have PM play in the RZ were already out there. This is nothing new. They never put him on IR for goodness sakes, they were hoping he could play a little at the end of the year or at least practice so they could see how he was progressing.
    It didn’t work out that way.

    #2, BOTH parties are handling this very poorly in the public eye. PM fired the first salvo but Irsay should have been the grownup and not responded. So much for that. It’s a peeing contest now.

  51. Peyton had 4 “procedures” done on a bulging disc? Not a ruptured disc, a “bulging” one? I’m sorry this makes no sense to me and this Jim Irsay dude leaked this story to cover his ass, thats obvious. Their trying to pain a bad picture of Manning so other teams won’t sign him and he’ll retire a Colt….Its obvious as hell.

    There are alot of people that have a bulging disc and still play sports, it doesn’t matter how many “procedures” he has to do to stop the pain, it could have been a typical injection for all we know, this is really a long shot from Irsay, he must really think people are idiots and this leaked right after he says he’d love Manning to come back.

    We’re talking about a bulging disc guys, he had a fusion to repair a bulging disc that takes 6-8 months to recover to get back to physical activity. He’s 2 months into the physical part, sounds as if he’s right on schedule to me. All this is, is to try to scare you, intimidate other teams and most of all give Irsay leverage to say he did his best.

  52. Being a Dolphan, I feel obligated to comment.
    Peyton Manning may very well want to play. It is probably his nature. However, he should not risk the chance of injury. He has a wife and children. He owes them the due regard that a responsible husband owes his family.

    They just removed Jaws from Monday night football. Could this be a preemptive move to sign Manning? Manning could replace Chris Collinsworth on Sunday Night too! How about loosing Boomer from the ABC lineup? Isn’t it obvious that Archie is going to tell his son to take the pads off and pick up the microphone? Who has a better sales pitch than Peyton Manning?

  53. It seems to me that the Colts hid this surgery in order to protect ticket sales. They knew if the ppl in Indy knew manning wouldn’t play last year they wouldn’t have renewed season tix or bought individual games. so they hid the surgery and didn’t announce he wouldnt play until the very eve of the season. shameful. ppl aught to be more mad about this

  54. as a V andy fan and a Titan fan, I dreaded facing Peyton Manning… but as a fan of sport, I hope for HIS sake he retired to color on the sidelines or the booth;; I dread seeing a Steven Hawking chair for him

  55. As difficult as it might be to do, Peyton has to sit down and consider this objectively; if one of his teammates was in his condition, what would he advise?
    Peyton has more money than 99.9% of us will ever see, he is quite likely to be inducted into Canton five years after he retires, and with his deep knowledge of football, offensive strategy, and his work ethic (the man analyses more film than Roger Ebert), he can offer a lot to a team (in 2-3 years) as a quarterbacks coach or as a member of an offensive coordinator’s staff (to start). As great a quarterback as he is, he could become an even better coach. But he has to make the right decision now.

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