The Colts players had Saturday and Sunday off for Labor Day weekend. They returned to the Colts complex on Monday to begin regular game-week preparations for the Houston Texans.
However, little did many of them know, but JMV of 1070 the Fan started a week worth of Peyton Manning questions and concerns when sending out this tweet late Sunday night
What followed was a variety of Colts statements and comments (or lack thereof) by Jim Caldwell. The Colts called Manning "doubtful" on Monday. Wednesday, they said he would not play against the Texans. Thursday, Jim Irsay tweeted "18's gonna be out while" and the team later confirmed a national report that Manning had in fact had surgery Thursday morning.
While the Colts refuse to speculate on whether or not Manning will be able to return this season (they are not putting him on Injured Reserve yet) noted injury expert, Will Carroll of Sports Illustrated shared some of his insight with Fox 59 Thursday.
"It's certainly been a busy week, an interesting week. I think I've done about 10,000 words (on SI.COM) just on Peyton alone, and it's just too bad," said Carroll. "It seems the microdiscectomy procedure he had in May didn't work. They took a look at it this week, did all the diagnostic tests, had all the images, and just decided the best course was to go back in and do the more serious more invasive anterior fusion and that is a tough surgery," added Carroll.
JMV received a little bit of criticism from fans early in the week, but his original story was proven accurate Thursday. Nobody knows when Peyton will heal from this latest setback, but JMV was asked whether he could envision a scenario of Manning playing later THIS season.
"You might see him in December if they (Colts) are still in it. I would question if they are still in it (playoff picture) in December, why you still would not want to go with the guy who had put you in that position, in Kerry Collins thus far. If it's up to Manning and he's capable of playing and there is a reason for him to be playing in December, I would not at all put that out of the realm of possibility," said JMV to Fox 59's Bob Donaldson.
The @injuryexpert talked to some well respected medical professionals Thursday about the procedure Manning had and its precedent with NFL players.
"I talked to some doctors, Wellington Hsu from Northwestern did a landmark study a couple of years ago on football players that were coming back from specifically this type of surgery, microdiscectomy infusions. There are actually four quarterbacks, none current, that have come back," explained Carroll. "But other surgeons, especially in the sports medicine area just aren't as convinced, they are saying two to three months, very aggressive. They're worried whether or not he is going to be able to come back this year, if at all," added Carroll.
The Colts official statement ends with the following message:
Peyton will immediately begin the rehabilitation regimen mapped out by the surgeon. We anticipate no further updates or availabilities beyond those required by the NFL Media Policy for the immediate future.
Thank you for your consideration.
While the team is not planning to remove Manning from the active roster, it is clear he will not be playing football anytime soon. The perennial playoff participants will now be led by a quarterback they signed to a contract just two weeks ago.
"Will it be a work in progress? Yes, but I can't altogether say it is going to be a disaster. You can certainly see how it is not going to be, more than likely, up to the expectations we know as #18 pulling the trigger at quarterback," added JMV.
The Colts first regular season game in the last 209 without Manning under center is Sunday afternoon at Reliant Stadium in Houston.
Manning has surgery, JMV and Will Carroll offer insight and analysis
Local Radio host JMV first reported news of a Manning surgery, Carroll is a noted Injury Expert for SI.Com. Both offer insight to Fox 59 Thursday