If your tired of these by now, well--too bad. When it comes to one of the best players in the game nearing his end of days in the NFL it is my duty to write on him early and often. Heck, the man is news. Anyway...
The word on Peyton's surgery is that it went fine. The doctors, the father/son duo of Robert Watkins Sr. and Robert Watkins Jr. performed the surgery. They said Friday that everything went fine and there were no complications whatsoever.
What they did is called an anterior single-level cervical spine fusion surgery. Essentially, what was wrong with Peyton was a herniated disk.
Rehab is expected to be at least two months. Those are very important words--at least. That means it could very well take longer. One doctor that the USA Today talked to said that the Colts would be smart to hold him out of action for at least six months. Not only is there the neck injury that has to heal, but the triceps nerve that was affecting his ability to throw the ball needs time to regenerate and heal.
The general consensus is that with rehab, he will recover and be just fine. However, even though Jim Irsay said in his statement that it is a common surgery, one that two guys had last year and returned to action, I still would not be surprised if we have seen the last of Peyton Manning in anything but flag football.
This just furthers my resolve that the Colts need to do whatever they can to get Carson Palmer away from the Bengals. The man is young enough to have a few good years left in him. Should the Colts have a less-than-stellar season they will have a shot at Andrew Luck or Landry Jones. If Peyton is done, they can learn under Palmer for a season or two and then take over the reigns from him.
But I'm just a blogger, not a GM or owner...