Indianapolis Colts quarterback Peyton Manning underwent surgery on his next on Monday to relieve what he called a "disk-related issue." It's the second time in the last 15 months Manning has had surgery on his neck, though he called minimally invasive and didn't expect to be on the shelf for long. With the NFL lockout showing no signs of coming to an end, Manning has plenty of free-time, and may not miss any team activities, depending on how long the work-stoppage drags on.
Colts' owner Jim Irsay added the surgery comes with a six-to-eight week recovery time and Manning made it known he was headed for surgery before the procedure.
"It's usually a six-to-eight week recovery period," Irsay said. "I think this is one you can bounce back from quickly."
Irsay said the quarterback contacted the team and its doctors before heading to Chicago for the operation.
The Colts placed the franchise tag on Manning before the lockout began. Manning and the team had been working towards a long-term deal before the lockout derailed the plans and left the franchise quarterback in limbo. The two sides will reconvene whenever the owners and players can settle in an effort to keep Manning in a Colts uniform through the end of his career.
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