Report: Manning had fourth neck procedure

Report: Manning had fourth neck procedure
February 15, 2012, 7:45 pm
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Sports Illustrated is reporting that Peyton Manning had another medical procedure performed on his neck sometime during the NFL lockout. That would make a total of four procedures on Mannings neck in the past two years.

Citing NFL sources, Don Banks wrote: Mannings neck has potentially developed bone spurs just above the point where his latest fusion surgery took place last September. Banks said the Colts believe that it is nearly inevitable that Manning will require further surgery on his neck.

Banks also revealed that Manning wanted to play during the Colts last two games of the season. His action would have been confined to the red zone, and a 30-play workout was conducted to see if he was fit enough to do it. After watching the workout, which was conducted at game speed, the Colts team doctor ruled out the possibility of Manning playing.

Banks reported that, according to sources who were present at the workout, while Manning was accurate with his passes, he threw nothing longer than 20-22 yards, and his passes wobbled at times, with perhaps 80 percent of his usual velocity."

According to Banks, the Colts organization is concerned that Mannings neck problems have reached the chronic stage.