May 25, 2011

Manning Has Neck Surgery

By - Kris Fletcher

Indianapolis Colts quarterback Peyton Manning had neck surgery Monday to repair a disk problem. The surgery was performed at Chicago's Northwestern Memorial Hospital, and Manning was back at home Tuesday.

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It's the second neck surgery since February 2010 for Manning. The previous was to repair a pinched nerve, and this operation was less invasive and less complicated, team owner Jim Irsay said Tuesday afternoon at the NFL meetings. "It's usually a six-to-eight week recovery period. I think this is one you can bounce back from quickly."

If the lockout ends in time to play preseason games, the backup quarterbacks will probably see the bulk of the action, but Manning should be 100% by the start of the regular season.

Even though the NFL has locked out its players, communication between teams and players in these cases is allowed. So, Manning was able to contact the Colts organization and their doctors before going to Chicago for the operation.

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