It looks like Colts fans might see a lot more of Kerry Collins than they expected.
Peyton Manning’s status for the 2011 season is now in question after the quarterback underwent neck surgery described as “un-eventful” for the third time in less than a year on Thursday, after he consulted with several specialists this week. He will miss his first game in 14 seasons on Sunday.
The Colts announced Manning’s latest experience under the needle in a statement Thursday afternoon.
There is no timetable as to when the four-time MVP will return to the field, the Colts said.
“This procedure is performed regularly throughout the country on persons from all walks of life, including professional football players,” the Colts explained. “Rehabilitation from such surgery is typically an involved process. Therefore, there will be no estimation of a return date at this time.”
An avid Tweeter, Colts Owner Jim Irsay commented on Manning missing some time, saying, “We had a good practice yesterday and r guys r fired up 4 the season.#18’s out for awhile,but compete,we will/BELIEVE.”
Manning will remain on the team’s active roster until they map out his recovery, and he will begin rehabbing immediately, the team said.
It’s been a rough year for Manning who underwent two previous surgeries prior to Thursday’s.
After the 4 ½ month lockout, Manning was placed on the team’s physically unable to perform list when training camp started, and wasn’t able to practice with the squad until Aug. 29.
Earlier this week, doctors told Manning not to practice, with the season opener only days away.
With the QB suffering from the neck injury, the Colts decided to talk Collins out of retirement and join Colts, giving him weeks to learn a complicated offense.
The durable quarterback has played in 209 consecutive regular season games at quarterback, 100 plus games better than the next player on the list, who just happens to be his brother Eli.
According to the team, Manning’s rate of improvement slowed last week. He experienced soreness in his back, the Colts said.
The continued soreness prompted the Colts doctors to initiate diagnostic tests and consult with specialist