The Indianapolis Colts have announced on Wednesday that the superstar-QB had surgery in Chicago to fix a pinched nerve, a procedure that is not expected to stop Manning from continuing his offseason workouts or his availability to play for next season.
"This condition has existed intermittently for the past four years, but at no time did it interfere with his training, practice or playing regimen," the Colts claimed. "While it never has affected Peyton's activity on or off the field, the Colts' medical staff, after post-playoff examination, thought it best to resolve the situation now."
Colts representatives claimed Peyton spent Tuesday night in the hospital and was released Wednesday.
"All medical personnel involved believe the issue has been resolved," the team said. "Peyton fully expects to participate in the Colts' offseason program this spring."
Peyton's streak of 210 consecutive starts behind the center, including the playoffs, is second all-time among NFL quarterbacks only behind Brett "Mr. Comeback" Favre. With Manning as the head honcho of the offensive side of the ball, the Colts have made an AFC-high eight straight playoff appearances, reached the Super Bowl twice, winning the big game in 2006, and set an NFL record with seven straight 12-win seasons.
The Colts also set league records for most consecutive wins, which is 23, and most wins in a decade, which is 115, last season.
Manning won his fourth MVP in 2009, which is a NFL record. He was looking for his second Super Bowl win, but his fourth quarter interception, returned for a touchdown by Saints' cornerback Tracy Porter, sealed the deal in their Super Bowl loss last month.
Want to hear even worse news? Here it is. This is the second time in three years Manning has went under the knife during the offseason.
In July 2008, Manning got cut up twice at his left knee because of an infected bursa sac. The injury caused Manning to miss all of the preseason training camp. He later claimed he lost 10 pounds during after-surgery recuperation and that he had a hard time regaining his balance and getting a good step into throws until midseason that year.
Manning's contract expires after the 2010 season and Colts owner Jim Irsay wants to offer him an extention, calling it a top offseason checklist item. Irsay has said he is prepared to make Manning the highest-paid quarterback in the league. Not one of the highest paid, but the HIGHEST PAID QB IN THE LEAGUE. Negotiations are not expected to kick into the highest gear until after the free-agent market opens Friday.
Manning won his record fourth MVP in 2009 but his late interception, returned for a touchdown by Saints' cornerback Tracy Porter, sealed the Colts' Super Bowl loss last month.
Manning has proved himself to be a pretty tough player throughout his NFL career. Was this his Achilles fault in his neck. I don't think so.