Colts superstar quarterback Peyton Manning underwent further neck surgery Thursday, sources close to the scene said.
The decorated signal caller opted to choose surgery, the sources said, after talks with a half-dozen doctors who came to a conclusion that the most realistic decision would be a one-level cervical neck fusion in the wake of his May 23 surgery to repair a bulging disk. It’s still uncertain whether Peyton will be able to return to play this season.
Colts owner Jim Irsay mentioned via his Twitter that an announcement is forthcoming. On Wednesday night, Irsay tweeted: “Peyton didn’t have a medical procedure last sunday, we’ll have more info 2 add clarity 2 situation soon.” On Thursday, Irsay tweeted: “NFL Season opens 2nite! We had a good practice yesterday and r guys r fired up 4 the season.#18′s out for awhile,but compete,we will/BELIEVE.” And Colts coach Jim Caldwell said Thursday at a news conference he sensed more surety concerning Manning’s predicament soon.