Colts' Manning Undergoes Another Neck Surgery, Season Now in Question

By Scott Sarvay

Colts' Manning Undergoes Another Neck Surgery, Season Now in Question

September 8, 2011 Updated Sep 9, 2011 at 12:08 AM EDT

INDIANAPOLIS (Indiana’s NewsCenter) - Indianapolis Colts quarterback Peyton Manning had another neck surgery Thursday morning leaving many wondering if he'll return this season.

Sources say Manning had anterior fusion surgery which requires a minimum of 2- 3 months recovery with no way of determining a return date.

Wednesday night, Colts owner Jim Irsay tweeted: "Peyton didn't have a medical procedure last Sunday, we'll have more info 2 add clarity 2 situation soon."

A statement issued by the Colts says:
"Peyton has undergone this surgery today by having a single level anterior fusion. The surgery was un-eventful.

This procedure is performed regularly throughout the country on persons from all walks of life, including professional football players. Two former Colts players had this same procedure last winter and have fully resumed their careers. Rehabilitation from such surgery is typically an involved process. Therefore, there will be no estimation of a return date at this time. We will keep Peyton on the active roster until we have a clearer picture of his recovery process.

Peyton will immediately begin the rehabilitation regimen mapped out by the surgeon. We anticipate no further updates or availabilities beyond those required by the NFL Media Policy for the immediate future."

ESPN reports that Manning was unavailable for comment, as was his agent, Tom Condon. His father, Archie, and brother, Cooper, whose college career was ended by a severe neck injury, would not specifically address Peyton's surgical decision.

Cooper said he did not have specific knowledge on a decision regarding another operation for Peyton.

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