We learned today that Indianapolis Colts QB Peyton Manning (heard of him?) had cervical fusion surgery on his injured neck Thursday morning. We’ve been hearing that he would need another surgery, but some reporters denied that it was imminent.
Well, it was.
Now, the question becomes how serious of a surgery this was. Sure, cervical fusion sounds like fun, but is it?
Phillip B. Wilson of the Indianapolis Star thinks that, based on the doctor he spoke to, Manning is done for the season.
“For what it’s worth, #Colts fans, doc I spoke to does not think QB Peyton Manning will return this year,” Wilson tweets.
The Colts have known for some time that this was a big deal. Manning is expected to miss 2-3 months at a bare minimum. They signed Kerry Collins, who will now be “manning” the team for the foreseeable future. This absolutely kills the Colts’ chances of winning five games this season.
No word on injured reserve yet, but one would have to think that decision will be made in the coming weeks.