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INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The Indianapolis Colts thought they’d suffered a big blow when they ruled their four-time MVP quarterback out for the season opener. Now they may have lost Peyton Manning for the entire season.
Manning underwent more neck surgery Thursday, his third procedure in 19 months, and his return this season is uncertain.
Losing Manning for any stretch of time is something the Colts would love to avoid, and it’s certain to throw the race for the AFC South wide open. Manning hasn’t missed a game in 14 NFL seasons, with 227 consecutive starts, including the postseason.
“Rehabilitation from such surgery is typically an involved process,” the team said in a statement, calling the procedure “uneventful.”
The Colts said there would be “no estimation of a return date at this time. We will keep Peyton on the active roster until we have a clear picture of his recovery process.”
Team owner Jim Irsay tweeted that the 35-year-old Manning would be out “awhile.”
The Colts could have put Manning on injured reserve to open a roster spot, but it would have meant him not playing at all during a season that ends with a Super Bowl in Indianapolis.
Manning underwent an anterior fusion procedure to treat a nerve problem that still bothered him after his previous surgery May 23.