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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
 
Manning

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 SI.com 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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tallsusie
Since: Feb 16, 2012
Posted on: February 16, 2012 5:52 am
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Since: Aug 10, 2011
Posted on: February 16, 2012 5:27 am
 

Report: Manning had 4th surgery, could need more

Peyton Manning is done!  He was probably one of the best, if not the best quarterback while he played.  But it's time to call it quits.  Physically he's done!  I wish him luck. 



Since: Feb 11, 2009
Posted on: February 16, 2012 4:11 am
 

Report: Manning had 4th surgery, could need more

Man on man, where is this stuff coming from?  Is that the sound of dollar signs falling off Manning's value for any trade/free agent signing?  Of course, if cbssports.com is on the ball, how did this story slip through?  Of course, the ultimate question could be to define the fourth "procedure."  Who knows what that word really means?  As most of us can attest from experience, anytime a doctor/surgeon comes near you, the word procedure is slapped on whatever it is that was done.  One more time, this is likely a story that will become clearer as time goes by and decisions are made as to Manning's status regarding the future.  We can only wait until then.


fdt534
Since: Feb 16, 2012
Posted on: February 16, 2012 2:55 am
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Since: Aug 1, 2007
Posted on: February 16, 2012 2:16 am
 

Report: Manning had 4th surgery, could need more

I just think Peyton should retire and coach! I mean he has done everything he needed to do won a Super Bowl and we all know that he is one of the greatest QB's to ever play. So why risk dying on the football field when he could coach and all future QB's would listen to every word he says. This is crazy Manning should never play again he could get hit one time and die. I know he has plenty of money and will still make money from endorsements and being a coach. I just hate to see him risk his life for a game. Come on Peyton I know you want to play but I would like to see you in some form for along time. Maybe you could be on the pre-game shows like Terry Bradshaw, Howie Long, etc. Why risk it?




Since: Mar 8, 2008
Posted on: February 16, 2012 1:26 am
 

Report: Manning had 4th surgery, could need more

Hate to break this to you, SportLawAnalyst, but no one gives a crap about your neck. And no one buys your whine about what Peyton Manning should do based on the fact that your poor little neck is out of joint.       



Since: May 15, 2009
Posted on: February 16, 2012 1:25 am
 

Report: Manning had 4th surgery, could need more

hard to believe all the negativity about a guy who sat on top of the elite the last few years. good luck peyton, and hope u get to play again.  Should have gotten at least one vote for mvp this year :)



Since: Oct 14, 2009
Posted on: February 16, 2012 1:09 am
 

Report: Manning had 4th surgery, could need more

A glorified Jim Everett? Have you ever watched Peyton play? You can hate him but to pretend he isn't a great QB is just stupid. 4x MVP takes this crap team to the playoffs last year and this year they go 2 and 14 without him. He is in the top 3 in most QB records! 2 more good years and he passes Marino in yardage. Remember the Pats going for it on 4th down on their own 30 because they were smart enough to realize that Peyton couldn't be stopped that night? They were right. Ask Bill Belichick if Peyton is Jim Everett. 



Since: Nov 29, 2009
Posted on: February 16, 2012 12:17 am
 

Report: Manning had 4th surgery, could need more

I love Peyton, but I do not want to see him end up in a wheelchair from taking the final hit, I hope he does the smart thing and retires, as much as he loves the game, its not worth risking his health.



Since: Aug 4, 2008
Posted on: February 15, 2012 10:39 pm
 

Report: Manning had 4th surgery, could need more

Did you say that Payton is not married? That would be news to his wife of 10 years, and his two-year old twins!


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