ESPN’s Chris Mortensen reports that Manning underwent a third surgery this morning and will be out for at least 2 or 3 months. A possible trip to the IR is still in play.
Pro Football Talk reports that a source close to the situation has told them that Manning is expected to undergo a third surgery on his neck which will likely force him to miss “significant time.”
As I stated below, this situation just keeps getting worse and worse for Manning. There’s still a chance that he could return at some point in the season but that’s certainly no guarantee.
Colts owner Jim Irsay updated Peyton Manning’s health this morning by tweeting that “NFL Season opens 2nite!We had a good practice yesterday and r guys r fired up 4 the season.#18′s out for awhile,but compete,we will/BELIEVE.”
It was reported yesterday that Manning had undergone a third surgery and could be out for the season but Irsay has since confirmed that Manning did not have another surgery.
The news keeps getting worse and worse for Manning chances of returning in the near future. The fact that Irsay is trying to convince fans that they’ll still be competitive even without Manning is a sign that the injury could cost him a significant portion of the season. Kerry Collins will now be one of the seasons most discussed story lines.