Report: Peyton Manning Underwent Secret Fourth Surgery

Thursday February 16th, 2012

Indianapolis Colts star quarterback Peyton Manning underwent an unreported fourth surgery last year for his neck injury, according to’s Don Banks.

The exact date of the surgery is unknown; however, it was performed anytime between his surgery on May 23 to repair a bulging disk and a surgery on Sept.9 for a cervical neck fusion, according to NFL sources.  The same doctor who performed the May 23 surgery actually did a follow-up operation last summer before the Sept.9 surgery.

League sources also told that bone spurs have developed above the site of the fusion surgery completed in September. Colts owner Jim Irsay has expressed his desire to keep Manning in Indy only if he wants to come back, hinting that the quarterback could stay if he agrees to restructuring his contract based on his current  physical condition.  Irsay and the Colts believe that the four-time NFL MVP Manning will likely need another surgery this year.

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