While we all still try to figure out how long Peyton Manning will be out after his second neck surgery (and how screwed the Colts really are as they try not to miss the playoffs for the first time in a decade), it sounds like Manning is willing to sacrifice his long-term health to get back on the field faster.
That’s the report made by Fox Sports’ Jay Glazer (via PFT) today. Glazer says Manning opted for a more painful procedure in which a portion of his hip was removed so it could then be fused together with the bones in his spine.
This is not usually the prescribed method of surgery, but for Manning, it could lead him back to the field quicker (it also might give him chronic hip pain*).
*I’m all for being a team player, but Manning is really ready to make himself suffer potentially every day for the rest of his life so he can play a little bit quicker? That, to me, is crazy.
Glazer also said the medical people to whom he spoke said Manning wouldn’t have the ability to take a hit for four months.
Which leads us back to what Patriots quarterback Tom Brady said about Manning when asked about Manning’s injury.
"He’s such a tough guy. It sucks not seeing him out there," Brady said.
The Colts, possibly with the exception of Kerry Collins, think so too.
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