Peyton Manning underwent neck surgery for the third time in 19 months

Peyton Manning underwent neck surgery for the third time in 19 months. Manning underwent an anterior cervical fusion in an attempt to resolve residual pain and weakness he has been experiencing since his original operation.

At this time, it is uncertain if he will return this season as this article in the Huffington Post indicates.

INDIANAPOLIS — Peyton Manning underwent more neck surgery Thursday, the third time in 19 months, and will miss not only the opening game but possibly the entire season.

Losing Manning for any stretch of time is a huge blow to the Colts and throws the race for the AFC South wide open. The four-time NFL MVP hasn’t missed a game in 14 NFL seasons, with 227 consecutive starts, including postseason.

“Rehabilitation from such surgery is typically an involved process,” the team said in a statement, calling the procedure “uneventful.”

The Colts said there would be “no estimation of a return date at this time. We will keep Peyton on the active roster until we have a clear picture of his recovery process.”

Team owner Jim Irsay tweeted that the 35-year-old Manning would be out “awhile.”

The Colts could have put Manning on injured reserve to open a roster spot, but it would have meant not playing at all during a season that ends with a Super Bowl at Lucas Oil Stadium in downtown Indianapolis.

Manning underwent an anterior fusion procedure to treat a nerve problem that still bothered him after his previous surgery, on May 23. Such a procedure usually involves making an incision in the front of the neck, removing soft disk tissue between the vertebrae and fusing the bones together with a graft. The goal is to ease pain or address a disk problem.

Recovery typically takes at least eight to 10 weeks, said Dr. Victor Khabie, co-chief of the Orthopedics and Spine Institute at Northern Westchester Hospital in New York. He did not treat Manning, but is familiar with the procedure and how athletes recover from it.

“It could be season-ending, seeing the piggybacking off of another surgery,” Khabie said. “But the athletes I’ve known over the years, I never count out because they are such great competitors and such great healers.”
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