It’s being reported that Manning had surgery on Thursday and will miss two to three months. This is huge. The Colts will have to try to survive without the person who has been leading this team and confusing defenses for years. ESPN has more indepth coverage here.
This is huge. The Colts will face some serious struggles without Manning behind center. This could have Manning sitting out till December, which seems to open up a lot of possibilities for the division now. The AFC South would appear to now be a battle between the Titans and the Texans for winning the division.
Chris Mortenson of ESPN reports via Twitter that
“Manning actually just got out of surgery. No plans for injured reserve as doctors monitor fusion result, per sources.”
Link to the Colts statement about Manning.
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.
Thank you for your consideration.