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Report: Manning had 4th surgery, could need more

Posted on: February 15, 2012 2:50 pm
Edited on: February 16, 2012 11:48 am

By Josh Katzowitz

It’s generally been reported that Peyton Manning has had three procedures on his neck in the past two years -- which caused him to miss all of last season. But Sports Illustrated’s Don Banks is reporting that Manning actually had a fourth surgery sometime between May 23 and Sept. 9 of last year.

Making matters a little more opaque, Banks also reports that Manning potentially has developed bone spurs in his neck that the Colts believe will require another surgery (and possibly, gulp, another fusion surgery).

The unreported procedure occurred last summer in Chicago and it was a follow-up to Manning’s initial neck surgery. Since this occurred during the lockout, the club physicians only had very little contact with Manning.

Manning's Offseason Saga
"I wouldn't have anything to say about all of that, one way or another,” Manning’s agent, Tom Condon, told SI on Wednesday.

According to Banks’ source, Manning badly wanted to return for the Week 16 Houston game last year, and he participated in an “organized and fully-scripted 30-play practice session” the week before in front of former executive Bill Polian and former coach Jim Caldwell.

More from Banks:
Polian was said to be initially frustrated by the extent and scope of the workout, which he then viewed as a surprising attempt to play in a meaningless situation at the end of a long and defeat-filled season in Indianapolis. League sources say the former leader of the Colts front office was taken off-guard by the intensity and pace of the 30-play session that Manning took part in. Polian was under the belief that it would be conducted at walk-through speed, but instead it was held at typical regular-season tempo with scripted play calls.

A day later, league sources said, the team's strength and conditioning staff impressed upon Polian that it had wanted to see how Manning responded to a fast-paced and scripted workout, because his recovery was not going to reach the next level if he simply continued to lob passes at a leisurely pace. And the practice was conducted from the 25-yard line on in because that was then roughly Manning's ceiling in terms of his arm strength throwing the ball.
Make sure to click the above link (or this one right here) to read more details about Manning’s past and his possible future. It's strong reporting and fascinating material.

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Since: Apr 21, 2011
Posted on: February 16, 2012 10:02 am

Report: Manning had 4th surgery, could need more

Retire with dignity, retire on to...., well maybe not on top, but at least you got paid big bucks to hold the couch down last year.

You won a Super Bowl, had an impressive run of 10+ wins per season, and established Indy football as a powerhouse.

Grab a mic and take that cushy new job opened by Jaws leaving MNF.

Since: Sep 11, 2008
Posted on: February 16, 2012 9:42 am

Report: Manning had 4th surgery, could need more

it's time to hang up the cleats....

Since: Nov 19, 2011
Posted on: February 16, 2012 9:34 am

Report: Manning had 4th surgery, could need more

I find it frustrating as a Colts fan to see all of these media "pieces" about Peyton Manning. In one breath Manning is being described as being hurt beyond all hope of a return to football for the Colts but in the same breath being described as the perfect fit if he is wearing the uniform of another team. The theme has never changed since about 2002 or 2003 and that is "how do we separate Peyton Manning form the Indianapolis Colts?" The national media, in their constant pace, resemble as much as anything a bunch of maggots gnawing at an open wound. When the Colts had the number one pick back in 1998 all the "media experts" told them they would be stupid for drafting Manning since he always seemed to never be able to win the big one. The "media experts" said Ryan Leaf was the obvious choice. Well we all saw how that worked out. Once it became plain to anyone that Peyton was a great one in the early 2000s they have slavishly salavated at the thought of getting him to one of their "FAVORITE" teams. Now is Peyton going to play again? Who knows. Hopefully the decison will be arrived at by more intelligent people than people in the media. Right now I am listening to the TV as they are looking at the "best 10 places for Manning to go next year." How can someone in such bad shape (supposedly) be so highly desired by the other teams or so well thought of by the media? Is he hurt and can never play again or is this yet another ploy by those that desire to see him play somewhere else? I say pay the 28 million dollars and then if other team wants him they can trade for him with massive amounts of existing players on their rosters and draft picks as well. 28 million dollars would be cheap if you were really going be stupid and get rid of him with nothing in exchange. Make these other teams pay. Don't give them something for free. Lets see how many are interested then.

Since: Mar 29, 2007
Posted on: February 16, 2012 9:20 am

Report: Manning had 4th surgery, could need more

@ sportlawanalyst, who wrote:

Manning needs to come clean about the extent of his neck surgeries and the prognosis from his physician regarding permanent damage to the neck, numbness, loss of strength, impact on the triceps muscle, pain and the extent of numbnerss in his fingers associated with the damaged nerve.  Peyton also needs to come forward and be honest abpout nerve damage and if he has had a rhizotomy to fry the damaged nerve which the stem cell treatment in Europe attempte4d to regenerate the destroyed nerve.

peyton should be a man and step up and be honest as he already knows what his prognosis is at this time.  Cut the BS in the media and just be a man

Really, why does Peyton need to come clean to ANYONE except for Irsay and the Colts? Do YOU need to come clean about all of your personal injuries to anyone? What does Peyton Manning owe the media or anyone else such as you? You've got a real distorted view of what it means to "be a man" if that's what you think.

Peyton Manning has all of the experts in the world working with him and it would appear at this juncture that he has the same problem and diagnosis that has transpired with me
Again, you just went on with your diatribe about how Payton's not "coming clean" about his medical condition, etc., and then you presume to know that it would appear that he has the same problem you had? And a diagnosis does not "transpire" - get the language right.

Since: Mar 29, 2007
Posted on: February 16, 2012 9:13 am

Report: Manning had 4th surgery, could need more

"I'm really impressed that Katzowitz, and CBS Sports are so willing to credit another organization and reporter. Too often one organization will mention in passing the "scoop" reporter, and then shamelessly steal the news. Hats off to Katzowitz and CBS for not just crediting Banks, but also RECCOMENDING that people read the original Banks report!

I hope this continues!"

Yeah, they referred to another article which has zero factual basis other than unnamed league sources.

Since: Aug 30, 2007
Posted on: February 16, 2012 9:11 am

Report: Manning had 4th surgery, could need more

This whole Manning situation that is unfolding is a pile of shit. The number of procedures is immaterial. The only thing that matters is Peytons performance and clearance from his operating and attending neurosurgeon to resume playing football. He knows a thing or two more about the health of Peytons fused vertebra and the risks involved than the multiple internet neurosurgeons that are so prevalent on these boards. Especially since he will be the one that will be legally on the hook if Peyton resumes play and has the catastrophic injury so many of these internet doctors are predicting. Misinformation after misinformation. Just let it play out without all the hyperbolic scenarios and predictions based on shit. I know thats asking way to much of the media, but all these unnamed sources and speculation is ridiculous. We only have a few weeks before Peyton will be cut from the Colts anyway.

Since: Mar 29, 2007
Posted on: February 16, 2012 9:10 am

Report: Manning had 4th surgery, could need more

So I clicked on the article and wow, I couldn't even coun't how many times it referred to "NFL sources" or "league sources" or "one source said" ... I mean, come on - talk about irresponsible reporting! Banks has ZERO evidence that Peyton had another procedure other than some supposed "league sources" who remain unnamed.

Since: May 31, 2007
Posted on: February 16, 2012 8:48 am

Report: Manning had 4th surgery, could need more

Absolutely great for the game is Peyton - get healthy and come back and kick some butt Peyton!

Since: Feb 15, 2012
Posted on: February 16, 2012 6:59 am

Report: Manning had 4th surgery, could need more

he's good for the game...hope he comes back

Since: Feb 16, 2012
Posted on: February 16, 2012 6:23 am
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