On Thursday September 08, 2011, Indianapolis Colts quarterback Peyton Manning underwent another surgical procedure. He will miss the first game of the 2011-12 NFL season. Here are some quick thoughts on Manning and his latest injury.
No Timetable for Return
Manning is out indefinitely. No timetable has been set for his to return to the field. The Colts have not placed Manning on injured reserve (yet). There is hope in the Colts organization that Manning will play some time this season. [Read more: Colts left holding their breath]
Surgeries and Prognosis
Manning has had three neck surgeries in the past 19 months. He underwent a cervical fusion procedure. Dr. Neel Anand of Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, stated that normal recovery time from this procedure is three to six months.
Manning has made 227 consecutive starts at quarterback for the Colts. That includes 11 playoff games. His streak will end this Sunday September 11, 2011, when the Colts face the Houston Texans. It has been an amazing run for Manning. [Read more: Manning won’t play vs Texans, streak ends]
It Could Not Have Happened To a Nicer Guy
Losing Manning for the start of the season is a blow to not only Colts fans but also all NFL fans. Manning is one of the true nice guys in the NFL. He is an ambassador for the sport. I am not a Colts fan but I admire Manning. He is one of the greatest quarterbacks in NFL history. Manning will surely be in the NFL Hall of Fame one day. Manning is also admired by his peers. [Read more: Tom Brady ranks Peyton Manning as ‘greatest of all time’]
His Greatest Moments
Manning has had some great moments as an NFL quarterback. He is a winner in regular season and playoff games. In 2007, Manning led the Colts to a victory in Super Bowl XLI, claiming the MVP honors in the process. There have been many great moments in his career. [Watch: peyton manning top 10]
Manning is 35 years old. He still has years of professional football ahead of him. As a fan of the NFL, I hope he returns soon.
Edwin Torres has been a fan of the Dallas Cowboys since the days of Tony Dorsett and Roger Staubach. He enjoyed watching the Dallas teams of the 90s dominate opponents on both sides of the ball. Living in New Jersey, he is sandwiched between Giants and Eagles fans. But that has never deterred him from being a fan of America’s team.