Indianapolis Colts four-time MVP Peyton Manning underwent neck surgery Thursday, and his return to the current season is unlikely. It is Manning’s third procedure in 19 months. Though the loss of Manning comes as a blow to the Colts, the team is interested in his safe recovery and rehabilitation from the surgery. The procedure was an anterior fusion to treat a nerve problem that still bothered Manning.
Recovery from procedures of that nature typically takes 10 weeks, and if Manning’s own recovery follows that track it is possible he could be back before the season’s end. While there is still a strong possibility the injury could be season-ending, it is unlikely to prematurely end Manning’s career.