|If, as reported, Manning is out indefinitely, the Colts are in serious trouble. (AP Photo/Tony Tribble)|
UPDATE #2: 11:15 p.m. EST, via CBSSports.com's Mike Freeman: "After speaking to a source on the Colts, the team didn't believe Manning would get another surgery. There was, however, a serious concern that Manning was not only going to miss the season opener but the potential was for Manning to miss four or five games. Or more."
UPDATE: 10:25 p.m. EST, via Adam Schefter's Twitter feed: "Peyton Manning is being revaluated by several doctors bc of slow progress. No other procedure planned now."
Eleven days ago, the Colts signed quarterback Kerry Collins, who had been retired for less than two months, as insurance against Peyton Manning not being ready for the regular season after offseason neck surgery.
Last Monday, Manning was activated from the PUP list, but the team qualified the move by saying that it was "a continuation of the rehab process from offseason neck surgery that Manning underwent. He will participate in practice on a limited basis. All of his practice work will be scripted and on a controlled basis. The participation in limited football activity is a standard procedure in the club's rehab protocol."
And now there are reports from John Michael Vincent of ESPN 1070 Indianapolis that Manning might need to undergo another procedure on his neck. "Been told by multi(ple) sources that Manning needs a 2nd neck procedure. Will remain out indefinitely. Called Colts and waiting on response," Vincent tweeted Sunday night.
Later, Sports Illustrated's Peter King spoke to Colts president Bill Polian who told him, "I don't know anything about that. I honestly don't."
Follow-up tweets from King were as follows:
"Don't go thinking Manning's fine+will play in 7 days at Houston. I'm starting to believe he won't. KCollins could be a pretty smart $4m buy."
"Talked to an authority on Peyton surgery this weekend. Learned it's all about nerve regeneration. You can't rush Mother Nature."
If true, this could be devastating news for the Colts, who, without Manning would go from perennial AFC South favorite and playoff contender to an unmitigated disaster. Four wins might be too optimistic a prediction.
For now, all we have is a report of which Indy's team president knows nothing about.
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