The saga of Peyton Manning’s neck surgery is unprecedented in how quickly it blossomed from minor offseason setback to permanent career-ending affliction, and the ratio of hysteria it’s created to factual information it’s provided is so far off the charts nobody knows what to think at this point.
Is this the beginning of the end for Manning? For the Colts?
For all of humanity?
Or is it just a tiny little hiccup in Manning’s storied career, one that winds up with little to no effect on the upcoming season and is all but forgotten before Thanksgiving even rolls around?
Whatever winds up happening, the hype we’ve all helped place on the injury is so substantial that now it must have some sort of impact on Manning’s career moving forward, and with all the uncertainty that still remains regarding the quarterback’s status in both the short and long terms, just what that effect might be is as much anybody’s guess as everything else is in this entire fiasco.
Here we’ll look at a few possible outcomes that just might result from Peyton Manning’s Great Big Pain in the Neck.