Word from the Indy Star is that quarterback Peyton Manning is still recovering from surgery in May to repair a disk in his neck and will not be ready for the start of training camp. Just how long Manning will be out won’t be known and won’t be determined until the Colts’ medical staff gets a first-hand look at Manning’s neck.
The Colts are expected to sign Manning to a multi-year contract after placing the franchise tag on the 11-time Pro Bowler in February. When the franchise tender is signed, which it likely will have to be in order for Manning to report to the team to be evaluated by the team’s medical staff when teams can open their doors, it will carry a guaranteed base salary of $23.12 million.
Following the procedure, which took place a little over nine weeks ago, Manning mentioned that he was a quick healer, referencing his 2010 neck surgery that only sidelined him for a couple of weeks. Colts owner Jim Irsay said the recovery period for this operation was “six-to-eight weeks”.
During his annual passing camp in Thibodaux, Louisiana earlier this month, Manning said that he was being cautious in his rehab due to the lockout preventing players from the team’s facilities and trainers.
“That’s one thing these owners didn’t take into account. You’ve got a guy rehabbing, and you can’t use your training room and can’t use your trainer,” Manning said according to The Associated Press. “When you find a good trainer and a good rehab guy that you like, it’s a pretty special bond. These guys kind of know your body. So the fact that I haven’t had access to my guys and I’ve been somewhat on my own, I’ve been extra cautious and extra slow and making sure we don’t have any setbacks.”