Manning, 35, missed two weeks recovering from similar surgery during the 2010 offseason. According to the Star, Manning "anticipates a quick recovery" this time around, and insists this procedure was intended to correct a different problem than his first neck surgery.
The situation is worth watching for numerous reasons. For one, Manning, who was slapped with the franchise tag prior to the lockout, still needs to negotiate a long-term contract with the Colts once the lockout is lifted. It's worth asking how his health—considering his age and the likelihood of this being the last contract Manning signs for his NFL career—will factor into Colts owner Jim Irsay's decision to fork over the record-setting deal Manning will surely be asking for.
My guess: it won't affect it at all. Manning will command top dollar regardless.
It's also worth watching because Brad Wells (aka BigBlueShoe) of Stampede Blue passed along a rumor last September that Manning was injured and the injury stemmed from the neck surgery he had received that past offseason. A stinger supposedly resulting from this injury seemed to plague Manning during a stretch of the 2010 season which saw him throw 11 interceptions in just three weeks—something Wells also traced back to the September injury rumor.
Does Manning have a more serious injury than anyone is letting on, or was this simply a coincidental corrective procedure? Difficult to say, but certainly the speculation is worth noting.