Peyton Manning Had Surgery, Likely Cervical Fusion; Will Curtis Painter Get a Shot?

is reporting that the prognosis is bad for Colts QB Peyton Manning. A source claims that Peyton Manning just had surgery today and that he will be out 2-3 months if it’s cervical fusion.

No decision has been made on whether or not Manning will go on IR.

Will Curtis Painter get a shot? Reggie Wayne wanted him to have the opportunity. “Colts are big on protecting their own, right? So I’m going to help protect our own,” said Wayne. Also: “We don’t even know him, we ain’t vanilla, man, we ain’t no simple offense. So for him to can come in here and be the starter, I don’t see it. I think that’s a step back.”

Painter was making quick decisions and crisp passes in the third and most important preseason game.

The way I feel about it is that – despite Jim Caldwell leading his team to a Super Bowl in his first year as head coach – 2009 and 2010 were disappointments for Colts fans. Last season, they lost at home to a Jets team missing several starters on defense with questionable clock management at the end. I’m not saying Caldwell is on the hot seat, but Colts fans are already going upset that they won’t be seeing Peyton Manning. Some are already upset that their season tickets have lost their value. They may get over the Manning streak ending and missing his artistry on the field but they want to see the team try hard to prevent the 9-year playoff streak from ending.

I know all about Kerry Collins and the big numbers and the veteran leadership but if he even has 6 or 7 mediocre quarters to start the season – and the Colts are losing -, they owe it to their fans to put Curtis Painter in.

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